The Rochester Americans went through another tough week, taking a loss in each of the three games they played. They're now winless in their last six games and are currently in sixth place in the North Division.
PRO 6 - RCH 4
The Amerks started Wednesday's home game on the right foot as Justin Bailey scored 1:05 into the contest. However, the Providence Bruins stormed back, scoring the next six goals.
"I liked our first period despite being down by a goal," Amerks coach Dan Lambert said. "I thought we played with them for the first 20 minutes, but then in the second, we had a bad change and everything crumbled from there over the next period."
Linus Ullmark started in net, but was replaced by John Muse midway through the second period. Ullmark made 15 saves on 20 shots while Muse turned aside 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
Kyle Bonis started an Amerks rally, recording his first goal of the season with 9:03 to play in regulation.
Then, less than six minutes later, the Amerks drew a penalty and were able to capitalize on the opportunity.
Nicholas Baptiste forced a turnover to keep the puck inside the Bruins end of the rink, then was set up for a slap-shot near the half-wall as he blasted his seventh of the season past goaltender Anton Khudobin to make it a 6-3 game with 1:57 left in the period.
The Amerks, down by three goals in the final frame, drew another penalty near the midway point and Baptiste again found the back of the net to cut the Bruins lead to 6-4 with 8:21 left.
The Baptiste goals finished off the scoring on the night as the Amerks power-play unit was able to score three times on four opportunities, giving them nine tallies in the past seven games (9-for-31, 29.0 percent), including four straight contests.
RCH 2 - UTI 5
The Amerks were back in action on Black Friday, and while they were able to grab a 2-1 lead after the first period, the Utica Comets responded with a pair of markers over the final two periods on their way to a 5-2 win.
Ullmark stopped 27 of 31 shots in the defeat, falling to 6-7-1 on the campaign, while Bonis scored for the second straight game as well.
Baptiste extended his point streak to six games as he scored his ninth goal of the campaign. The second-year pro had nine points (8+1) over that stretch. In addition to Baptiste, rookie forward Alexander Nylander pushed his point streak (1+4) to a career-high four games when he assisted on Baptiste's power-play tally.
The Amerks posted their 10th power-play goal in eight games.
"Our power-play unit has been red hot lately," Baptiste said. "Despite the outcome, the power-play success is a positive we are able to take from the last few defeats."
RCH 2 - ALB 4
The second half of the back-to-back was also unkind to Rochester as they fell on the road Saturday in Albany. A late third-period push by the Amerks fell short of time as they could not overcome a four-goal deficit and dropped a 4-2 decision to the North Division-leading Albany Devils at the Times Union Center. With the loss, Rochester fell to 0-2-0-0 in the season series with Albany and 7-11-0-1 overall.
Albany built a 4-0 lead before Mike Aviani and Evan Rodrigues scored within 1:23 of each other to cut the deficit in half. Tyson Strachan and William Carrier, who was one of three reassigned to the Amerks earlier in the day from the Buffalo Sabres, each recorded assists while goaltender John Muse made 26 saves on shots he faced in what was just his second start of the season.
Rochester mounted its comeback attempt with 2:34 remaining in the game as Aviani slipped one by Appleby to score his first as an Amerk. Just over 80 seconds later, Albany's Reece Scarlett had control of the puck near his net, but stumbled and lost the puck to Rodrigues, who capitalized to bring the Amerks within a pair.
The Amerks pulled Muse for the extra attacker in an attempt to make it a one-goal game, but it would be as close as they would get.
The Amerks are back in action on Wednesday when they take on Utica for the third time in 12 days. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Then don't miss the action when Rochester is back home on Friday against Toronto for Star Wars Night. Take advantage a special ticket offer here. One-of-a-kind Star Wars pucks will also be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Golisano Children's Hospital.
The weekend will conclude with a 7 p.m. faceoff on Sunday in Syracuse.
1. Cal O'Reilly 3G - 15A - 18 PTS
2. Cole Schneider 7G - 10A - 17 PTS
3. Justin Bailey 7G - 6A - 13 PTS
Alexander Nylander 4G - 9A - 13 PTS
5. Nicholas Baptiste 9G - 3A - 12 PTS
Taylor Fedun 2G - 10A - 12 PTS
1. Linus Ullmark 6-7-1-0; 2.99 GAA; .909 SV%
2. John Muse 1-1-0-0; 2.82 GAA; .908 SV%
3. Jason Kasdorf 0-3-0-0; 3.51 GAA; .891 SV%