There was no joy in Mudville, er Rochester tonight, as the mighty T.J. Brennan was kept off the scoresheet, and the Rochester Americans fell to the San Antonio Rampage, continuing a trend that has the Rampage beating the Americans with every visit. Familiar faces were the foe tonight as the former Florida Panthers affiliated players returned to Rochester.
While the goal scoring wasn’t silent – Evan Rankin and Frederick Roy were the only goal scorers netting one a piece as the Amerks fell to the Rampage 4-2. All six goals in the contest came with the the sides all even – as both clubs saw goose eggs on the powerplay, despite getting a combined ten chances (Rochester had six).
The Rampage got scoring from four different skaters, despite getting outshot by a total of 31-25. Tonight – Jacob Markstrom was that much better than David Leggio and the Amerks were down and out before they even hit the score sheet.
Heading into the end of the first period only down a goal, the Amerks were still in contention at making a game out of the contest. Just five and a half minutes into the second period, the lead had tripled for the Rampage, and Evan Rankin’s goal at the midpoint of the game was just enough to stop the bleeding, but not enough to rally the troops to victory.
The Rampage would add another goal at the end of the second period to take the life out of the Amerks, and Frederick Roy’s goal in the third was not enough to bring about a win for Rochester.
Three goals seems to be the magic number for the Rochester Americans this season. Heading into tonight’s contest they were averaging 3.63 goals a game – and when they scored three or more goals, they came out the victors in every contest except one – the 5-4 loss to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins on October 26th.
The Rochester Americans have tomorrow off before the final game of their three game home stand against the Toronto Marlies on Friday night.