Rochester, New York-
During the last ten games, the Rochester Junior Americans have been one of the hottest teams in the Premier Division posting with a record of 7-3. It has been an uphill climb after only one win in their first 10 games. The recent surge has propelled Rochester from 12th to 9th place in the Premier Division standings. The successful turnaround can be attributed to the team’s new found ability to score goals.
“We have finally started scoring” states Coach and General Manger Jeff Kolcon. “Two moves have contributed to our scoring production. The first was moving Gabe Chabot from defense to forward, the second was acquiring center Zach Sternbach from New Jersey.” The chemistry between Chabot and Sternbach was instant, propelling Chabot into 3rd place in the Premier Division points race. Sternbach has racked up 25 points in the 18 games since being traded to Rochester. The 15 game point streak that both players were posting was halted by the Connecticut Rangers last weekend.
“Gabe is electric and highly noticeable on the ice. He may be the most dynamic player in the league right now,” comments Kolcon. “However, Sternbach may be our MVP during the last 15 games.”
Sternbach won’t be flying under the radar any longer. This week, the league recognized him as the Player Of The Week, an award that Chabot has received several times this year. Averaging nearly 1.5 points a game, Sternbach has put himself in the top 20 in the league for points.
Rochester hosts PAL Islanders this weekend. In their first two meetings, PAL walked away with a pair of one goal wins. Game time is 7pm Friday night at the Bill Grays Iceplex.