ARTICLE BY AIDAN CHARDE
Recap: Nov. 10 and 11 vs. Maine Nordiques
In their first trip to Lewiston, the Jr. Americans earned a series split against one of the top teams in the NAHL. The first game was one of the best all-around performances of the season, which saw Rochester coming out on top 5–1. All five goals were scored by different players — forwards Landon Brownlee, Adam Gionta, Noah Vom Scheidt, Matteo Disipio and Luca Leighton. Goalie Florian Wade also set a career-high mark for saves with 40. The Jr. Amerks picked up where they left off in the second game with a goal by forward Thomas Rockey in the first period, but the Nordiques bounced back and scored three unanswered to win the game 3–1.
Preview: Nov. 17 and 18 vs. Northeast Generals
WHEN: Nov. 17 at 7:45 p.m. | Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rochester Ice Center | Fairport, NY
PROMOTIONS: Nov. 17 – Dollar Dogs | Nov. 18 – Military Appreciation Night
The Jr. Americans and the Northeast Generals have matched up twice this season with the Jr. Amerks coming out on top both times.
Chippy game incoming?
The first time these two teams met, a fight broke out that ended with three players getting ejected from the game and several suspensions. The teams cooled down in the following game, but tensions may come back up as the squads face off once again.
Rockey, Brownlee get back in the scoring column
Forwards Thomas Rockey (No. 19) and Landon Brownlee (No. 18) scored this weekend for the first time since Sept. 14 and Sept. 29, respectively. The Jr. Amerks have definitely been helped by strong offensive depth — 15 players have scored a goal and 11 players have scored multiple this year.
Gionta, Vom Scheidt stay on fire
Since the start of October, Noah Vom Scheidt (No. 27) and Adam Gionta (No. 12) have combined for 21 points and each has logged a two-goal night in that span. Vom Scheidt alone has notched four points in the first four games of November.
Generals’ Sixten Jennersjo extends assists lead
Forward Sixten Jennersjo (#17) has 30 assists on the season, eight more than any other player in the league. In fact, he has only failed to earn an assist in four of his team’s 21 games this season — but that includes twice in a row against the Johnstown Tomahawks on Nov. 4 and 5.
Saturday: Military Appreciation Night
On Saturday night, the Jr. Americans will host Military Appreciation Night, a game centered around paying tribute to our nation’s heroes. In a gesture of gratitude, all game revenue from Saturday’s clash will be donated to Fairport’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8495. It’s an opportunity for fans to come together and show their support for the Jr. Americans while at the same time contribute to a positive cause. Adding to the excitement, the Jr. Americans will hit the ice in special one-of-a-kind military-themed jerseys, creating a meaningful connection to the evening’s theme.
Stay connected during the season by following the Jr. Amerks @JrAmerksNAHL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online at rochesterjramerks.com.
The Rochester Jr. Americans are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. All league games are viewable via NAHLTV. For more information, visit rochesterjramerks.com.