The Rochester Americans opened their season this week with a busy three-games-in-three-nights stretch, going 1-2-0-0.
The opener went about as well as you could have hoped with a 5-4 win at home over Hershey. Cole Schneider, Nicholas Baptiste and Cal O'Reilly combined for eight points and rookie Eric Cornel scored his first professional goal in the third period, which proved to be the game winner.
Schneider had a four-point night of his own with two goals and two assists. He opened the scoring 45 seconds in on the power play. Alexander Nylander picked up his first point in an Amerks jersey with the primary assist. Linus Ullmark made 25 saves to earn the victory.
After recording a goal and an assist in the game, Baptiste earned his first career call-up. He could make his NHL debut for the Sabres on Thursday in Vancouver.
RCH 1 - SYR 4
On Saturday, the Amerks were in Syracuse to kick off a home-and-home set against the Crunch. Justin Bailey scored in the third period, but it wasn't enough as Syracuse won 4-1. The Amerks power play went 0-for-4 while Ullmark stopped 40 of 44 shots.
SYR 6 - RCH 3
Syracuse swept the series on Sunday with a 6-3 win at The BlueCross Arena. Nylander posted a goal and an assist to lead Rochester on the score sheet. Evan Rodrigues and Tyson Strachan also scored.
Rodrigues opened the scoring, but Syracuse then scored four-straight goals to take control of the game. The power play woes continued as the Amerks were unable to convert on any of their seven chances while on the man advantage. In his Amerks debut, Jason Kasdorf made 24 saves on 30 shots.
The Amerks are back in action on Friday when they'll host the Toronto Marlies. Tickets for kids 12 and under are available for $10 as part of a special "Sweets In The Suites presented by TOPS Friendly Markets" ticket package. All of our young fans are encouraged to trick-or-treat during intermissions and the first 1,000 kids through the door will receive a souvenir bag.
The game can be heard live on the Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.
They'll then head to Binghamton to take on the Senators on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
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1. Cole Schneider 2G - 2A - 4 PTS
2. Alexander Nylander 1G - 2A - 3 PTS
3. Cal O'Reilly 1G - 2A - 3 PTS
4. Nicholas Baptiste 1G - 1A - 2 PTS
Evan Rodrigues 1G - 1A - 2 PTS
Taylor Fedun 0G - 2A- 2 PTS
1. Linus Ullmark 1-1-0-0; 4.01 GAA; .890 SV%
2. Jason Kasdorf 0-1-0-0; 6.17 GAA; .800 SV%