The Rochester Americans are now second in the North Division and seventh in the conference with 75 points after taking three of a possible four points this past weekend in games against Binghamton and Syracuse.
Friday’s home game against the Senators didn’t start off well, as the Amerks were down 2-0 less than four minutes in. Although the beginning of the period definitely belonged to Binghamton, Rochester woke up in the second half, as Maxime Legault tallied at 13:16 for his eighth goal of the season.
Several minutes later, Amerks captain Colin Stuart scored shorthanded to tie the game at 2 before the first period even came to a close.
Stuart would add another goal in the second period to give the Amerks a lead, but Binghamton tied it late in the second. With no goals in the third, it was off to overtime – and a short one, at that, as the Senators scored just 34 seconds in.
The game was goaltender David Leggio’s 12th consecutive start, and he was back at it again the next night for a game against the Syracuse Crunch.
At first glance, it appeared to be just a repeat of Friday’s game, as the Crunch scored twice within 30 seconds to put the Amerks down 2-0 just under five minutes into the game.
Rochester, however, would score the next three goals – all in the second period. Phil Varone, Evan Rankin and Paul Szczechura all tallied to give the Amerks the lead. Szczechura’s 17th goal of the season puts him at second in goals on the team, behind Derek Whitmore’s twenty-five.
In the third period, Syracuse tied it up just under two minutes in. As overtime resulted in nothing, a shootout took place and Varone scored the winning goal to make it 4-3 in favor of Rochester.
In now his 13th consecutive start, Leggio made 31 saves and stopped all five shooters in the shootout.
Next up, the Amerks have a ‘school day’ game Wednesday in Albany (11:30) before facing back-to-back home games against the Toronto Marlies this weekend.
Fun fact: The Amerks’ 198 goals-for is the most for any team currently in a playoff position in the Western Conference. To be fair, however, their 195 goals-against is also the highest number of any playoff teams in the conference.
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