It took them eight games to do it, but the Rochester Americans finally defeated their interstate rivals the Binghamton Senators, closing the season series with 1 win, six losses, and a loser point loss in extra time.
The win pushed their point streak to six games since the month of March started. Getting at least a point in each game in the standings has allowed the Rochester Americans to climb from the outside of the playoff picture into 4th place in the Western Conference.
They sit just two points behind the Toronto Marlies for the division lead and the third place position. Toronto is idle until they play the Rochester Americans on Saturday, a 5PM contest – and they are currently on a two game winning streak.
After a scoreless first period last night, Matt Ellis opened the scoring.
Matt Ellis, driving hard to the net and tapped in a Cody McCormick rebound into a gaping net. McCormick took the initial shot, and was able to play the rebound over to Ellis who had the wide open net to jam it in. Binghamton was able to respond by getting a goal of their own just a minute and a half later courtesy of Derek Grant, but two goals in the second period were too much to overcome for the B-Sens.
Luke Adam scored the game winning goal, and added an assist on the insurance goal scored by Maxime Legault in the third period.
The success of the Rochester Americans hinges on players stepping up their play, and being backstopped by the incredible play of David Leggio, who had a relatively easy night of facing just 19 shots.
Leggio, and undrafted free agent out of Williamsville, NY – has been the best player on the ice for the Rochester Americans all season. He has played in 49 games for the Amerks this season, only ceding nine games to his backup tenders. In those 49 games he has put up 31 wins – leading the AHL in games played, wins, and minutes.
The Rochester Americans have tonight off before they look to continue their March point streak Friday night against the Albany Devils. Game time is slotted for 7:05 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, and is scheduled to be televised by the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
In case you missed the action last night, here is the video recap: