May 29, 2023

The American Hockey League’s two most storied franchises continue their fourth-round playoff series tonight as the Eastern Conference Finals remain in Rochester for Game 4 at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 6:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM The Fan Rochester as well as AHL TV. The matchup will also be televised live across New York State on MSG Network.













After Rochester cruised to a 5-1 victory in the series opener, the Bears responded with back-to-back wins to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Hershey’s win in Game 3 on Saturday was the team’s fourth straight on the road. The Bears, who have won eight of their first 10 matchups in the postseason, are a perfect 4-0 on the road and have outscored the opposition 17-6 in the playoffs.

Anchored by second-year goaltender Hunter Shephard, the Bears have held the opposition to two or fewer goals in all but one of their 10 postseason games this spring, the lone execption being the Amerks’ 5-1 win in Game 1.

Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Game 2 snapped the team’s seven-game playoff win streak and was the second time this spring the Amerks were shutout in the second game of a playoff series.

Zach Metsa scored his first professional goal in Saturday’s Game 3 loss.

Over their most recent seven-game win streak, the Amerks outscored the opposition 41-21, including 12-3 in the first period over that span.


With at least one point in eight of his first 10 AHL playoff games, Jiri Kulich currently leads all AHL rookies with six goals and is third in rookie postseason scoring with 10 points. Kulich, whose 24 goals in the regular season were the second-most by an 18-year-old in league history, also paces all players with four power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

(Video) Hershey Bears vs. Rochester, 5/25 Game 2 | 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs

Malcolm Subban, who’s earned the start in all 11 postseason contests, is third amongst all goaltenders in wins (7) and saves (313). Subban’s recent seven-game win streak matched his longest from the regular season. He’s one of three goaltenders in the postseason to play more than 600 minutes.

Mason Jobst and Michael Mersch currently lead all Rochester skaters and are tied for seventh sixth in the AHL with 12 points each. The duo have at least one shot in each of Rochester’s 11 playoff games this spring.

Lawrence Pilut, who scored the series-clinching goal versus Syracuse, is fourth in scoring amongst all AHL blueliners with nine points (3+6) in 11 playoff contests. Pilut entered Tuesday’s series-opener with points in six straight games, the longest active point streak by a defenseman.

Fellow blueliner Ethan Prow had an AHL-best six-game assist streak dating back to Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals against the Crunch. Coming into tonight, Prow, who reached the 40-point mark for the second straight year and third time in his last four AHL seasons, is tied for fifth amongst all defensemen with eight points (1+7) in 10 games.

GAME PREVIEW: AMERKS LOOK TO EVEN SERIES TONIGHT IN GAME 4 AGAINST BEARS | Rochester Americans (2)Tonight’s Game 4 is the just the sixth meeting overall this season between the league’s two oldest teams, who previously met twice over a six-day span back in March with the home team emerging victorious each time. The Bears, however, claimed three out of a possible four points after falling in overtime in their only visit of the season to Rochester on March 24.

Tonight marks the 502nd all-time meeting (including playoffs and regular season) between the league’s two cornerstone franchises. The Amerks are 194-217-53 lifetime against Hershey during the regular season.

In 37 postseason contests between the two teams, Rochester shows a 25-12 record and boast a 6-1 mark in seven all-time playoff series. Prior to Tuesday’s series-opener, the longtime rivals had not met in the playoffs since the Amerks finished off the Bears in a four-game sweep during the 2000 Conference Finals.

GAME PREVIEW: AMERKS LOOK TO EVEN SERIES TONIGHT IN GAME 4 AGAINST BEARS | Rochester Americans (3)This was just the second time Hershey hosted Rochester to begin a series, with the only other coming during the 1994 Division Finals, the Bears’ lone series win against the Amerks.

The Bears (11) and Amerks (six) have combined for 17 Calder Cup championships in their respective histories. Hershey’s 11 Calder Cups are the most by any team in league history. The Bears, who are making their 70th playoff appearance, have won three AHL titles in the modern era, including back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

(Video) Hershey Bears vs. Rochester, 5/29 Game 4 | 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs

Rochester has outscored Hershey 82-51 and boast a 15-5 all-time playoff record at home against the Bears dating back to the teams’ first-ever postseason meeting in the 1965 Calder Cup Finals.

The 2022-23 season was the 11th time since the 2005-06 campaign that Hershey finished with at least 40 wins and 90 points in the regular season. The Bears had six straight such seasons between 2005-06 and 2010-11.

In his first season as Hershey’s head coach Todd Nelson spent the 2000-01 season with the Amerks as a defenseman, recording 26 points (6+20) in 74 games before adding two assists in four playoff appearances. A three-time Calder Cup winner, Nelson owns the distinction of being just the third person in AHL history to win a Calder Cup as a player (1994, Portland), assistant coach (2008, Chicago) and head coach (2017, Grand Rapids).

The Amerks finished the regular season with three different 20-goal scorers for the second straight year.

Jiri Kulich (24) and Brett Murray (23) each cracked the mark, both doing so back on March 26 versus Cleveland, while Linus Weissbach also reached his first 20-goal campaign in last Friday’s 7-4 loss to Belleville.

With Kulich, Murray and Weissbach all successfully reaching the 20-goal mark this season, the Amerks have now had at least one player from all but two seasons (excluding the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons) in the 67-year history of the franchise score 20 or more goals dating back to Bronco Horvath’s team-leading 37 tallies during the Amerks’ inaugural 1956-57 campaign.

The last time Rochester had at least five different 20-goal scorers in the same season was during the 2018-19 campaign when the team had six.


With 19 points (7+12) over his last 26 games, Linus Weissbach finished nine points back of the team-lead with 47 points (20+27) in 69 games. By scoring his 19th goal and 41st point of the season on April 5 against Syracuse, he established career-highs in both categories, surpassing the marks he set during his rookie campaign in 2021-22.

Brett Murray, who was just one point away from his first 50-point campaign, captured career-highs in all offensive categories from last season, including goals (23), assists (26) and points (49). The fourth-year pro end the season with 23 points (9+14) in his last 28 games and recorded at least one shot in all but five games during that span dating back to Nov. 23.

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With 12 points (5+7) over the last 27 games, Sean Malone reached the 30-point mark in back-to-back campaigns for the first time in his career. In 53 contests in his fifth season with the Amerks, Malone finished with 14 goals and 17 assists.

Amerks captain Michael Mersch showed 35 points (16+19) over the last 47 games dating back to Dec. 17. More impressively, with 45 points in 61 games, he reached the 40-point mark for the sixth time in his nine-year pro career. The former Calder Cup winner is also a five-time 20-goal scorer, reaching the mark four times in his first five seasons and again last season when he scored a career-high 26 goals.

In 66 games, defenseman Jeremy Davies established a career-high with 11 goals, reaching the mark for the first time in his pro career while also becoming the first Amerks defenseman this season to do so. Over the last 28 games, Davies collected five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

Rookie Isak Rosen posted 22 points (11+11) in 37 games since Jan. 21. In the 7-1 victory over Springfield, Rosen, the Sabres’ first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, notched his first-career three-point game as well as his first-ever two-goal outing. Overall, four of his 14 goals on the season came while on the power-play. Rosen was one of only two rookies this season to reach the 30-point mark.

Mitch Eliot tied his previous career-high in goals (3) at Providence on Feb. 26, reaching the mark in 24 fewer games than the 2021-22 campaign.

After an injury limited him to just 19 regular-season games during his rookie campaign, forward Lukas Rousek took his first full season by storm.

A 2023 AHL All-Star selection, Rousek led the Amerks in assists (40) and points (56) in 70 games while his 16 goals were tied for fifth-most.

Rousek, a sixth-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in 2019, made his NHL debut on March 27 against Montreal, scoring a goal and adding an assist while logging 9:03 of time in the 4-3 shootout loss.

He scored his first NHL goal on his first shot on his first shift, the first Sabres player to do so since Ethan Prow.

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He's the 27th player in Sabres franchise history to score a goal in their NHL debut with Buffalo and the 186th overall to record the first goal of their career as a member of the Sabres.

Rousek also added an assist later in the game, and by doing so, became the first Sabres skater to record a goal an assist in their NHL debut with Buffalo since former Amerk Maxim Afinogenov on Nov. 10, 1999 vs. Boston.

Rousek, who rejoined Amerks last Saturday following his third recall of the season to Buffalo, finished with 45 points (12+33) over his final 55 games, including 17 points (5+12) in his last 17 appearances.


Ever since returning from an impressive showing at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in January, Jiri Kulich not only emerged as one of the team's most consistent point-getters for the second half of the season, but as arguably the top prospect in the Buffalo Sabres pipeline.

The third of Buffalo's three first-round picks in last year's NHL Draft, Kulich led the Amerks and finished tied for sixth amongst all AHL rookies with 24 goals while his 46 points are tied for 11th-most.

With Kulich becoming the first player this season to score 20 goals, it marked the first time the Amerks had a rookie 20-goal scorer in back-to-back seasons (Jiri Kulich in 2022-23, Jack Quinn and JJ Peterka in 2021-22) since Drew Stafford in 2006-07 and Clarke MacArthur in 2005-06.

Kulich, the youngest regular player in the AHL this season, was only the fourth player in league history to score more than 20 goals during his 18-year-old season (turning 19 after Jan. 1) and first since Robert Dome of Syracuse recorded 21 in 1997-98. Kulich also became just the second Amerks player in franchise history to reach the mark as an 18-year-old since Jozef Cierny scored 27 during his only season in Rochester in 1992-93.

With a 44-19-5-4 record in the regular season, the Bears secured their spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 70th time in franchise history. The 11-time Calder Cup champions have qualified for the postseason 14 times in 16 tries since becoming the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals in 2005.

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Hershey hosts Rochester fueled by Aliaksei Protas, Sam Anas and Joe Snively, all of whom have posted at least seven points in eight games this spring. Protas is one of three Bears with three goals while Snively and Anas top all Hershey skaters with seven and five assists, respectively.

After sharing the goaltending duties during the regular season with Zach Facale, Hunter Shepard (6-1-0) has been the mainstay in the crease for Hershey in the postseason. He ranks fifth among all AHL netminders with a 2.14 goals-against average and eighth with a .918 save percentage.

After suffering a 2-1 setback to the Charlotte Checkers in Game 3 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals, Hershey has responded by winning four of its last five to reach the Conference Finals.


How can I watch the Rochester Amerks game? ›

All Eastern Conference Finals games are available to watch on AHLTV — there are playoff subscriptions avaialble for $29.99 — and listen to on The Fan Rochester with Don Stevens and Brian Duff on the call. If you are interested in purchasing a suite for any upcoming home playoff game, please contact Dan Capriotti.

Did the Rochester Americans win tonight? ›

The Rochester Americans (0-2-0-0) closed out their preseason schedule on the wrong side of a 5-1 decision against the Utica Comets (1-1-0-0) Sunday at The Blue Cross Arena.

Did the Amerks win yesterday? ›

The Rochester Americans (7-4) outshot the Hershey Bears (8-2) 25-12 over the final 40 minutes of play, but suffered a 4-2 defeat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena.

How can I watch Amerks on my TV? ›

According to the Amerks, coverage of the games will be available for everyone through MSG Network — as well as through its MSG GO app. Fans can also follow along with the game on the American Hockey League's AHLTV or through The Fan Rochester, featuring commentary from Don Stevens and Brian Duff.

How can I watch AHL for free? ›

No subscription or purchase is necessary to open an AHLTV account; visit to sign up. AHLTV features live streaming of every AHL game in high definition on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices at, as well as on over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

How much does an AHL player make? ›

How much does an Ahl make? As of May 23, 2023, the average hourly pay for an Ahl in the United States is $26.34 an hour.

Where can I watch AHL? ›

Watch every game live on AHLTV! | The American Hockey League.

Are the Utica Comets playing tonight? ›

Upcoming Games

There are currently no games scheduled. Please check back at a later time.

Did the Hershey Bears win tonight? ›

Bears Roar Back for 4-2 Win Over Amerks, Take 3-1 Series Lead.

What time does the Hershey Bears game start? ›

Game starts at 7:05 PM at Rochester.

What channel are the Rochester Amerks on? ›

The Rochester Americans announced today that MSG Network will carry WPMT Fox43's live broadcast of the first two games of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals against the Hershey Bears, beginning with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday, May 23 at GIANT Center.

Is Ahltv free? ›

There is no cost to create an account. You will need to purchase a subscription to watch games that are not marked as "free" on the AHLTV platform. Packages for purchase can be found HERE . How do I watch?

How much is AHL TV? ›

Fans can also purchase an all-access pass that includes both the regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs, allowing subscribers to watch every league game from opening night on October 14 until the Calder Cup is raised in June for just $104.99 (USD).

How do I get AHLTV on my smart TV? ›

AHLTV is available on the following supported devices: PC/Mac, iOS/Android, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Simply Sign In to your account (or create one), select your preferred subscription, and click watch to begin enjoying AHL hockey in a whole new way. Helpful?

How can I watch the Firebirds game? ›

Watch Coachella Valley Firebirds Games Live | Stream on Fubo (Free Trial)

Does AHLTV have an app? ›

AHLTV can be streamed on the following OTT devices. Download the AHLTV app on any of the following devices: Roku: For system setup, see Roku Setup HERE. Apple TV (4th Generation or higher): For documentation to set up your Apple TV, see Apple TV Setup HERE.

How much does a Zamboni driver make NHL? ›

NHL Zamboni drivers are the top earners, landing in the 90th percentile. They are typically paid in a range from $29,000-$31,000, sometimes earning up to $37,500 annually. Of course, salaries may vary based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Do AHL players have other jobs? ›

Side jobs: Because the salaries for AHL players can vary, some of these athletes decide to make additional money through side jobs, such as private ice hockey training or sports writing.

What is the age limit to play in the AHL? ›

Per the AHL's By-Laws, the age limit for eligibility to compete in the American Hockey League is 18 years or over, on or before September 15 of each season of competition.

What is AHL compared to NHL? ›

The AHL is typically viewed as the highest-level of minor league hockey with many teams having the same ownership as their NHL affiliate and some NHL players are signed to two-way contracts, meaning they can be sent down to and called up from the AHL.

How many games can you play in the AHL? ›

Teams that moved from the east to the west coast (or franchises purchased from the ECHL) elected to participate in a 68-game schedule.

Can you tryout for the AHL? ›

An Amateur tryout (ATO) contract exists in the NHL, the AHL and the ECHL. This type of contract is for players who are leaving college and attempting to turn professional, are done with college or are graduating from the junior leagues.

Who owns the Utica Comets? ›

Robert Esche | Utica Comets Official Website.

Who won the Utica Comets game last night? ›


Utica, NY.

What channel is Utica Comets game on tonight? ›

WKTV NEWSChannel 2 will air seven Comets home games this season. UTICA, N.Y.

Why are the Hershey Bears wearing purple? ›

Hershey Bears forwards Mike Sgarbossa (23) and Sam Anas (7) model the lavender jerseys that will be worn by the club at its Hockey Fights Cancer Night game on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 at Giant Center. The Hershey Bears will host their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Sunday, Nov.

What NHL team owns the Hershey Bears? ›

The Hershey Bears® are a professional hockey club in Hershey, PA. A minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals, they are the winningest team in the American Hockey League and have called GIANT CenterSM their home since 2002.

Do you have to pay for parking at Hershey Bears game? ›

Parking at the Giant Center for Hershey Bears' hockey games

There is ample parking surrounding the Giant Center. Parking at Hershey Bears' games costs $10 for each game.

Are purses allowed in Giant Center? ›

Hand clutches, wristlets and small purses are permitted but are subject to search and must not exceed 5" x 8" x 1".

How does the teddy bear toss work? ›

For the uninitiated, Teddy Bear Toss events are when fans bring stuffed, soft toys to a game and, after the first goal is scored by the home team, throw them out on the ice. The plushies are collected and donated to a charity to be given to those in need.

What is the average salary at Rochester Americans? ›

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

Rochester Americans pays an average hourly rate of $224 and hourly wages range from a low of $194 to a high of $257.

What percentage of Rochester is Hispanic? ›

Race and Ethnicity

19.4% of the people in Rochester, NY are hispanic (40k people). The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Rochester, NY as a share of the total population.

What are people from Rochester NY called? ›

Residents of Rochester, N.Y., are called "Rochesterians." Ergo, people from Rochester, Minn., should be called "Rochesterians," although I know of no city ordinance that addresses the question.

Is AHLTV free? ›

There is no cost to create an account. You will need to purchase a subscription to watch games that are not marked as "free" on the AHLTV platform. Packages for purchase can be found HERE . How do I watch?

What channel is CW Rochester? ›

WHAM-TV (channel 13) is a television station in Rochester, New York, United States, affiliated with ABC and The CW.

What channel is NBC Rochester NY? ›

WHEC-TV (channel 10) is a television station in Rochester, New York, United States, affiliated with NBC.

How much is AHLTV? ›

Fans can also purchase an all-access pass that includes both the regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs, allowing subscribers to watch every league game from opening night on October 14 until the Calder Cup is raised in June for just $104.99 (USD).

What app can I watch hockey for free? ›

Adrar. This is the most popular app people go to when they want to watch hockey. Viewers who use Adrar TV have a chance to enjoy live HD streaming of NHL games and other popular hockey leagues from around the world. There is also a catch-up feature that lets you view replays of previous games in case you missed them.

What channel can I watch the AHL? ›

Watch every game live on AHLTV! | The American Hockey League.

What TV app is The CW on? ›

Watch The CW Network Online | Hulu (Free Trial) New subscribers only. Cancel anytime. Additional terms apply.

Who left channel 13 News Rochester? ›

Henrietta, N.Y. — Alexis Arnold signed off Wednesday morning after 11 years at 13WHAM. After moving to Rochester in 2011, Alexis worked a variety of shifts before becoming co-anchor of Good Day Rochester in 2015.

Who is leaving Channel 10 news Rochester NY? ›

Rochester, N.Y. — Longtime broadcast journalists Ginny Ryan and Doug Emblidge, who have anchored 13WHAM News at 5 p.m. every weeknight since 1990, are retiring from television.

What happened to Rebecca LeClair? ›

Longtime WHEC anchor, Rebecca LeClair, has opted out of the remainder of her contract and resigned from the station. This news comes after rumors circulated a couple weeks ago that she was being pushed out.

Who is the meteorologist on Channel 10 in Rochester NY? ›

Amanda is a native of Rochester, NY and grew up in Greece. She attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned her degree in Meteorology.

What is the cheapest way to watch hockey? ›

Sling TV is the cheapest option to get the national NHL channels. Its many plans and add-ons allow you to build a package that fits your spending limit and viewing needs. The Sling Orange plan ($40.00 a month) has ESPN and TNT, while its Sports Extra add-on ($11.00 a month) comes with NHL Network.

How much does it cost to buy an AHL team? ›

Despite the fact that the American AHL requires expansion teams to pay $1 million, the league has been reported to be considering lowering or waiving the fee for the ECHL clubs.

How much does it cost to stream a hockey game? ›

Stream Hockey on ESPN+

A monthly subscription costs just $9.99 a month and lets you live stream hockey online through the ESPN+ app, website or on your connected TV.


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