Amerks Playoff Hopes In Greater Jeopardy After Toronto Wins

ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – The Rochester Americans’ playoff hopes weren’t in their favor entering Wednesday night. In addition to a win in Friday’s regular season finale against the Utica Comets, 5th place Toronto had to lose two of its remaining three games in regulation. That would give Rochester the necessary five points to overtake the Marlies for the 5th, and final, playoff spot in the North Division. However, that margin for a Toronto win is gone after tonight. The Marlies defeated the Laval Rocket, 5-4, meaning everything has to bounce Rochester’s way. Head Coach Seth Appert is trying to stay optimistic despite their chances.

"You know, the results come the way they come out and the other games and there’s a glimmer of hope," he said after the team’s practice skate on Wednesday. "So at least you’re showing up this week with that kind of feel like potentially you get a stay of execution for a day or two. And unfortunately, now we’re just looking for a pardon from the governor and to have a chance on Friday."

The Amerks host the Comets on Friday evening, a week after falling to them on the road in overtime, 3-2.