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Mullen scores three goals as Amerks take 1 of 3

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Rochester Americans came away from a three-in-three weekend with only one win, but they'll have additional help when they look to rebound in Buffalo.

The Amerks will visit KeyBank Center for the first time this season to host the Utica Comets on Wednesday night, and they'll do so with the help of Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues and Nicholas Baptiste after the trio of players were reassigned to Rochester on Monday morning. 

You can purchase tickets for that game here, but before we look ahead to Wednesday, let's take a look at the last week down in Rochester. 

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Friday, Feb. 17: BRI 5 - RCH 2

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This game was the beginning of a good weekend for newcomer Patrick Mullen. The veteran defenseman began this season in the KHL, but he was claimed by the Amerks on waivers upon returning to the AHL earlier this month. 

Since then, Mullen has tallied six points in seven games for Rochester, including three goals this past weekend. He scored his first goal with a one-time shot from the top of the right circle against Bridgeport on Friday, putting the Amerks on the board midway through the first period.

Unfortunately for Rochester, they had little else go their way offensively against former NHL goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who won his 11th straight game for Bridgeport.

Justin Vaive scored the only other goal for Amerks, while Linus Ullmark made 24 saves on 28 shots. 


Saturday, Feb. 18: RCH 3 - BNG 4

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The Amerks fought back after trailing twice by two goals in this game, only to see Senators captain Mike Blunden score the game-winning goal for Binghamton with 2:16 remaining in regulation. Rochester entered the third period trailing 3-1, but came back to tie the game thanks to goals from Mullen Eric Cornel. 

Daniel Muzito-Bagenda scored Rochester's first goal, his eighth of the season, while John Muse made 33 saves in net for the Amerks. The loss was Rochester's fourth in a row.


Sunday, Feb. 19: BNG 2 - RCH 3

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Rochester went down early on Sunday after Jason Akeson opened the scoring for Binghamton in the first period, but a string of three straight goals for the Amerks were enough to secure the comeback victory and snap the four-game losing streak.

Mullen opened the scoring for Rochester in the first period on a give-and-go with former Sabre Tim Kennedy, who had two assists. Alexander Nylander added his sixth goal of the season to give the Amerks the lead early in the second period, and Vaclav Karabacek scored the eventual game-winning goal shortly after.

Ullmark made 20 saves to earn the win. The Amerks outshot the Senators 34-22.


Up next

After hosting Utica in Buffalo on Wednesday, the Amerks will play a home-and-home set against Syracuse on Friday and Saturday. The home portion for Rochester will be played on Friday, which will be "Youth Hockey Night" at Blue Cross Arena. USA Hockey members are eligible to receive one free ticket to the game.  

Puck drop on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


Scoring Leaders

1. Cole Schneider 18G - 26A - 34 points
2. Cal O'Reilly 8G - 31A - 39 points
3. Nicholas Baptiste 19G - 11A - 30 points
4. Justin Bailey 19G - 10A - 29 points
5. Evan Rodrigues 9G - 18 A - 27 points


Goaltending Leaders

1. Linus Ullmark 19-19-2, 2.87 GAA, .910 SV%
2. John Muse 2-7-0, 3.29 GAA, .903 SV%

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