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Amerks prepare for a 3-in-3 that includes 2 at home

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans dropped both of their games last weekend, but they'll look to rebound as they have another three-in-three game set, starting on Friday at home. That game will be televised on MSG.

Through 49 games, the Amerks sit in seventh place in the North Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with 42 points and a record of 20-27-0-2.

 

Friday, Feb. 10: Devils 3 - Amerks 2

ALB vs. RCH

After tying the game with just over two minutes left in regulation, Rochester allowed a late goal to fall 3-2 to the North Division-leading Albany Devils on Friday at The Blue Cross Arena. The teams were scoreless after two periods before combining for all five goals in the final frame.

Cole Schneider's early goal in third period goal was his 18th of the campaign while Paul Geiger wrapped up the scoring with his second marker. Goaltender Linus Ullmark made 32 saves in his eighth straight start. 

The Devils were paced by Karl Stollery's third multi-point effort as he scored his first goal of the season and earned an assist on Albany's first goal of the night. Nick Lappin and Ben Thomson closed out the scoring while Ken Appleby stopped 28 of 30 to pick up his 14th win of the campaign.

"It was a pretty good game," Ullmark said. "Both teams had a lot of shots, hits and scoring chances. It was great that we tied the game, but sadly we just came up short."


Saturday, Feb. 11: Amerks 2 - Crunch 5

RCH - SYR

The Amerks fell behind early in Saturday's contest to the North Division-leading Syracuse Crunch and were never able to recover as Rochester came up on the losing end of a 5-2 decision at the War Memorial Arena.

Schneider paced the Amerks with his team-leading 13th multi-point effort of the season with two assists while Nick Baptiste and Brady Austin each scored in the defeat. Ullmark made 25 saves in his ninth straight start, but was charged with the loss. The second-year netminder shows a record of 18-18-2 on the campaign and boasts a 10-8-1 record over his last 19 appearances.

In his first game with the Crunch since Dec. 31, Adam Erne led Syracuse with a pair of goals and an assist while Matt Taormina (0+2), Yanni Gourde (1+1) and former Amerk Cory Conacher (1+1) each collected multi-point efforts. Kristers Gudlevskis picked up his eighth win of the season after stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.

As the Amerks were down 3-2 less than four minutes into the final period, Hudson Fasching tracked down a loose puck in the Crunch zone on a mini-breakaway from in-between the face-off dots. The rookie forward was stonewalled by the right pad of Gudlevskis and the Crunch raced forward in transition when Conacher buried his 10th goal of the season just past the glove of Ullmark.

The Crunch sealed their sixth victory over the Amerks this season with a late empty-net goal while on the power-play with Ullmark pulled in favor of the extra attacker.

Rochester fell behind by a pair of makers before the game was four minutes old but cut into the lead when Baptiste scored his 19th goal of the season at the 4:38 mark of the first period. Schneider and Erik Burgdoerfer each collected an assist on the tally, which ties Baptiste with Justin Bailey, who's currently on recall with the Buffalo Sabres, for most on the team this season.


Coming up

The Amerks kick off their lone three-in-three of the month on Friday when they welcome the Bridgeport Sound Tigers back to The Blue Cross Arena for the first time this season. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the third of four meetings on the season between the two teams and can be heard live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester. The game will also be televised on MSG.

Rochester then heads to Binghamton for a 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday and then hosts the Senators on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

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And be sure you don't miss the annual game in Buffalo when Rochester plays against Utica at KeyBank Center on Feb. 22 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for that game are on sale now.

 

Scoring leaders

1. Cole Schneider 18G - 25A - 43 PTS
2. Cal O'Reilly 8G - 30A - 38 PTS
3. Nicholas Baptiste 19G - 11A - 30 PTS
4. Justin Bailey 19G - 10A - 29 PTS
5. Evan Rodrigues 9G - 18A - 27 PTS

 

Goaltending leaders

1. Linus Ullmark 18-18-2; 2.86 GAA; .911 SV%
2. John Muse 2-6-0; 3.21 GAA; .904 SV%

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