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Amerks goaltending tandem has anchored team success

By splitting a weekend set with the defending the Calder Cup Champion Charlotte Checkers, the Amerks open the second week of December with points in 17 of their last 20 games overall, going 13-3-2-2 over that span, while also earning 34 out of a possible 46 points through their first 23 contests of the season.

Rochester sustained its first loss in regulation since Oct. 30 on Saturday as they came up short in a 3-1 setback in the second half of a two-game set to the Checkers.

Prior to the loss, the Amerks produced a 12-game point streak, showing a 10-0-1-1 record dating back to Nov. 1. Rochester begins the week three points behind the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the AHL’s North Division.

Anchored by the goaltending duo of veteran Andrew Hammond and third-year pro Jonas Johansson, the Amerks own one of the top defenses in the league, having allowed 56 goals through the first 23 games of the season, the second-fewest in the AHL.