Monsters End Road Trip in Rochester

MATCHUP
For the final time in the regular season, the Lake Erie Monsters (30-30-3-7) will hit the ice against the Rochester Americans (37-26-3-1); a game that marks the end of the Monsters current five-game road trip. The Monsters are coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Toronto on Wednesday, while Rochester last played in Hamilton on Saturday, topping the Bulldogs 4-2. Rochester has won four of five games, and has topped the Monsters in all five previous meetings between the teams this season.

LAST TIME OUT
The Monsters saw their one-goal lead after the first period turn into a one-goal third period lead for Toronto on Wednesday, before Thomas Pock's power play goal from the center of the blue line tied the game with inside five minutes remaining, and Mike Connolly netted the overtime winner just 21 seconds into overtime on a three-on-three sequence to give the Monsters a 3-2 win. Connolly's overtime goal was the fastest such goal in team history, surpassing Tyson Barrie's goal 35 seconds into overtime that secured a Monsters 6-5 win over Rochester on 12/28/11.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Andrew Agozzino opened the scoring in Wednesday's game, and just as he led the Monsters in scoring against Toronto this season (4 goals, 7 assists, 11 points against the Marlies), he paces the Monsters against Rochester as well. The first-year forward scored in the last meeting against the Amerks on March 3, a 4-2 Monsters loss, and overall, he has a goal and five assists for six points in five games against Rochester this season.

WHO TO WATCH: AMERICANS
Mark Mancari leads Rochester with four goals and four assists for eight points against the Monsters this season. Mancari, however, doesn't have a point over his last five games, which is tied for his longest scoring drought of the season.

TUNE IN
All of Friday night's action, live from Rochester, can be heard live on ESPN 850 WKNR beginning at 7:05 PM with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.


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