Amerks Lose To Oklahoma City

The Rochester Americans led the Oklahoma City Barons in shots, 24-23. The Amerks led in hits, 21-20. The Barons won the game, 4-2.

The loss wasn’t due to a lack of effort. The Amerks fought hard, and played with heart and passion – very much unlike their parent Buffalo Sabres. As much as I hate the excuse, the referee had a hand in tonight’s outcome.

With 7 minutes left in the game, and the Barons up 2-1, Derek Whitmore was blatantly high-sticked directly in the head just as the Barons entered the Amerks zone. No call was made. Only a couple seconds later, the Barons scored to take a 3-1 lead, instead of the Amerks going on a powerplay with a chance to tie the game.

With 2:20 left in the game, Zack Kassian, Jacob Lagace, and Travis Turnbull swarmed the net. Turnbull was able to score amidst the crowd and make it 3-2. A minute later, poor timing on trying to pull goaltender Drew MacIntyre helped the Barons get the final goal.

Earlier in the game, Lagace scored on a wonderful pass from Paul Szczechura.

The Amerks are now 17-15-5, good for 2nd place in their division, and 5 points behind the leading Toronto Marlies. The team travels to Grand Rapids for a game against the Griffins tomorrow.

Topics: AHL, Amerks, Buffalo Sabres, NHL, Oklahoma City Barons, Rochester Americans

Want more from Sabre Noise?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Sabres news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From golf.com