The first road trip of the season for the Rochester Americans didn’t go quite as well as they would have liked. The Amerks dropped both games against St. John’s, evening their season record to 2-2-0-0.
The Ice Caps improve to 3-1-0-0 on the year and currently sit in first place in the North Division.
Friday marked the first time the Amerks had played in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 2004-05. The IceCaps scored twice in the first 5:45 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie, eventually winning 5-2.
Daniel Catenacci and Jack Nevins tallied for Rochester and Linus Ullmark made 29 saves.
In Saturday’s game, Andrey Makarov started in net for the first time this season, making 30 saves. Philip Varone and Jerry D’Amigo scored in the 6-2 loss at Mile One Centre.
Rookie forward Michael McCarron, a 2013 first-round pick of Montreal, registered a hat trick for St. John’s and Christian Thomas also added three points. The IceCaps got off to an early 2-0 lead and though the Amerks were able to make it 4-2 with D’Amigo’s third-period goal, St. John’s pulled away to earn the victory.
“We got a couple lucky bounces, but we didn’t get the win. It’s a bummer but we’re looking to move forward,” forward Jason Akeson said. “It just comes down to fundamentals and we’ll be all right.”
1. Matt Ellis 4 points (3+1)
2. Jean Dupuy 4 points (0+4)
3. Daniel Catenacci 3 points (2+1)
Jason Akeson 3 points (1+2)
Jerome Leduc 3 points (1+2)
Philip Varone 3 points (1+2)
Linus Ullmark 1-1-0-0, 2.55 GAA, 67 saves, .931 save %
Nathan Lieuwen 1-0-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 35 saves, .921 save %
Andrey Makarov 0-1-0-0, 6.00 GAA, 30 saves, .833 save %
The Amerks play in Utica on Wednesday. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on Fox Sports 1280 in Rochester.
“The last two games, our forecheck really hasn’t been there and we haven’t gotten a lot of offensive zone time,” defenseman Matt Donovan said. “In Utica, that’s what we’re looking to do – get a little more offensive zone time and create chances there.”
They’ll then return home for a match against Toronto on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Syracuse comes to town for a 5:05 p.m. faceoff on Sunday as divisional play heats up.
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