Brayden McNabb put the Rochester Americans on the board first, but traded goals in regulation, only to fall in overtime to the Toronto Marlies for the second night in a row.
While Matt Frattin assisted on the game winning overtime goal, it was Nazem Kadri that beat David Leggio twice in regulation that kept the Rochester Americans from winning yet again, now putting the losing streak at three. Any momentum in the standings the Amerks had is now gone. Heading into the home and home contests, the Rochester Americans had the advantage over the Marlies based on games in hand and the standings tie. With Toronto taking four of a possible four points, the void has grown. Thankfully, the Rochester squad could come away tonight with one point in the AHL standings.
For Rochester, the climb out of their slump is not an easy one. They now have six days and five nights to dwell on their losing ways before they face off against the Adirondack Phantoms next Friday December 7th, 2012 at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochester has split the season series so far with the Phantoms, but have outscored Adirondack 7-3.
For Rochester, the game is a big defeat, they were holding on to the one goal lead before Paul Ranger scored at 15:12 to tie the game and send it into the extra frame.
While it is only the first day of December and much of the AHL season left to play, the Rochester Americans are now three points back from the playoff teams – with the Toronto Marlies and Rockford IceHogs tied with 23 bringing in the seventh and eight spots. They are fourth in the division, only better than the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Amerks have games in hand on the two teams in front of them – Toronto and the Lake Erie Monsters. Lake Erie is four points ahead of the Amerks, and with two games in hand – are reachable in the standings. Abottsford Heat hold the divisions top spot, and with the same number of games played, lead the Amerks by 10 points.