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Ullmark picks up 2 wins during Amerks 3-in-3 weekend

by Erica Whyte @AmerksHockey /

The Amerks sit in fourth place in the North Division after they closed out another three-in-three weekend with a pair of wins. 

They defeated Hartford 5-2 on Friday at home and closed out the weekend with a 3-2 win at Springfield on Sunday. Their 7-2 loss to Syracuse on Saturday was the Amerks' sixth loss of the season and their fourth to the Crunch.

This was a weekend of firsts for many Amerks.


HFD 2 - RCH 5

Justin Kea notched his first two-goal game at the AHL level, Alexander Nylander picked up his first-career multi-point game with a goal and an assist and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda scored his first professional goal. 

Taylor Fedun had a career night with a goal and three assists.

Rochester trailed 2-1 midway through the first period but scored four unanswered goals to come back and earn the two points. Linus Ullmark made 29 saves to improve his record to 5-3-0. 

"We are starting to learn as a team on how to handle some adversity like giving up the pair of quick goals and losing the lead," Fedun said. "The message during the [first] intermission was to stay the course and just continue to play our game. We were playing a strong game and we were not getting outplayed, but they answered."'


RCH 2 - SYR 7 

A night after scoring his first goal, Muzito-Bagenda recorded his first multi-point game with a goal and an assist in Rochester's loss at Syracuse. Paul Geiger scored his first goal of the season - and first as an Amerk. 

Tanner Richard posted a hat trick for Syracuse. The Crunch opened the scoring 2:46 into the game and never looked back. 

Jason Kasdorf made 22 saves on 29 shots.


RCH 3 - SPR 2

The Amerks got some reinforcements in the lineup on Sunday and the moves paid off. Nicholas Baptiste, Justin Falk and Cole Schneider were returned to Rochester after spending Friday and Saturday with the Sabres. Baptiste scored twice in the win and Schneider was credited with an assist on one of those goals. Mac Bennett also scored his first as an Amerk.

Rochester scored three times in a span of 4:03 in the first period and survived a late push from Springfield to secure the victory.

The Amerks were able to keep their hosts at bay for all of the second period, despite being outshot 12-9 until the Thunderbirds came within a goal early in the third period. It was as close as Springfield would get, though, as Ullmark tacked on five more saves over the final 13:53 of regulation to preserve the win. 

Ullmark finished with 25 saves in what was Rochester's first-ever game against the Thunderbirds. 


News & notes

Team captain Cal O'Reilly remains atop the league 13 assists. O'Reilly is tied with Schneider for second in the league with 16 points. Schneider has seven goals and nine assists in 11 games.  

On Tuesday, the Sabres announced that Baptiste, Falk and Evan Rodrigues had been called up for Buffalo's game in St. Louis.

The Amerks will round out four games in six nights starting on Wednesday as they host intrastate rival Albany in the first of eight meetings at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.


Scoring leaders

1. Cole Schneider 7G - 9A - 16 PTS
Cal O'Reilly 3G - 13A - 16 PTS
3. Taylor Fedun 2G - 10A - 12 PTS
4. Justin Bailey 5G - 3A - 8 PTS
Alexander Nylander 3G - 5A- 8 PTS
Evan Rodrigues 3G - 5A - 8 PTS


Goaltending leaders

1. Linus Ullmark 6-3-0, 2.69 GAA, .920 SV%
2. John Muse 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .941 SV%
3. Jason Kasdorf 0-3-0, 5.75 GAA, .828 SV%

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