It wasn’t a horrible night for the Rochester Americans, but they saw their three game winning streak snapped by the struggling Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight in overtime. For the chicks, it was the first win, and first point in the standings. The only other team without a win in the AHL snapped that record tonight, as the Worchester Sharks also won, giving every team in the AHL at least one victory. For the Americans, it does represent a loss, but they still have a four game point streak going.
None of the streaking Amerks were able to keep things going, save for defensive prospect T.J. Brennan who is making a very strong case to be on the Buffalo Sabres blue line when the NHL resumes play, adding two more assists tonight and being a plus four. Kevin Porter also added an assistant to have a multi-point night.
Paul Thompson of the Baby Penguins was able to help his team win for the first time by scoring once in regulation and then netting the overtime game winner. The Penguins won despite being outshot by the Amerks by a slight edge.
Despite the fact that the game was close, Joe Finley and Matt Mackenzie were both a -3 on the night. With special teams being the focus for the Americans through much of the young season so far, both clubs at five power pays tonight – and only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to find a power play goal.
Divisional foe and leader Lake Erie Monsters were on the ice tonight, taking on the Abbostford Heat. The LE Monsters lost to the Heat, who at the start of the night trailed the Amerks by a point. Now tied in points, Abbotsford take control of the North division because they made it to nine points in fewer games than the Rochester Americans.
Next up on the schedule for the Americans is tomorrow night. Traveling a little closer to home, the Amerks visit Glens Falls, New York to take on the Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.