Game Day Build-Up: Senators @ Americans, Dec. 20



The set-up

The Sens will look for a complete 60 minutes when they make their first visit to Rochester tonight.

In its last two games, the Sens have battled back from a deficit to tie the game in the third period but wound up conceding seven times across back-to-back games to suffer defeat.

Belleville (11-14-0-3) enters Wednesday’s match-up sixth in the North Division while the Americans (16-6-3-3) rank second. The Sens are 5-8-0-3 at home while the Americans have nine road victories already, more wins than they have at home.

Pre-game Thoughts:

The Sens will have a new face in the line-up tonight in TJ Melancon, who was signed Monday to a professional tryout agreement and will be making his AHL debut.

TJ Melancon

“It’s going to be a great experience. It’s obviously going to be my first games and I’m just really excited. I started the year in the ECHL and started slow but I’ve kind of picked it up and now I feel like I’m ready to make a statement in the AHL.”

Roster notes

With Ben Harpur being recalled by Ottawa, Melancon will step into the line-up tonight as the Sens’ sixth defenceman.

Andrew Hammond didn’t travel for the Sens meaning either Chris Driedger or Danny Taylor will start in goal tonight.

Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton, Ethan Werek, Pat Sieloff and Christian Jaros are out for Belleville.

Previous history

The two teams split a back-to-back series at the Yardmen Arena in the middle of November. The Americans claimed the first match-up 4-2 before the Senators secured a 5-4 overtime win the following night where Jordan Murray scored the first hat-trick in franchise history.

Who to watch

In two games against Rochester this season, Francis Perron has a goal and three assists. In his second AHL season, Perron has three goals and nine assists in 26 games this season. His 12 points are the sixth most on the team.

Rookie left winger CJ Smith continues to rack up the points for Rochester as he leads the team with 30 (10 goals) and ranks fourth in the AHL in points scored.

Where to watch

Wednesday’s game starts at 7pm and can be seen live on through their AHL Live application (subscription required) or at Shoeless Joe’s in Belleville.

The radio broadcast on CJBQ 800 begins at 6:50pm with David Foot on the call.

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