For goalie David Leggio, it was business as usual as he suited up to take the crease for his 50th game of the year. His 23 saves were not enough to keep Rochester in the game.
Mike Sislo opened the scoring for Albany just under six minutes into the game. It was another Mike who did the Amerks in, as Mike Hoeffel was the recipient of a bad play by Luke Adam – and the Rochester Americans were down 2-0 before they were able to get on the board.
Rochester would try to creep back in the game, making it 2-1 in the second period. Buffalo Sabres veteran Matt Ellis scored for the fourth straight game and gave the Amerks a chance at keeping the March point streak alive.
Mark Mancari gave the Rochester Americans another goal, extending his personal point streak to eight games, but only after Albany was able to convert one more time, this time from Phil DeSimone.
Rochester was almost able to take the game to extra time and get that point that they could have used in the standings, but Albany goalie Keith Kincaid stood tall and kept the valiant effort from crossing the goal line.
The Toronto Marlies now sit two points up on the Rochester Americans for the division lead, and have a game in hand.
There is no rest for the Amerks, who travel North to play the Marlies in a 5PM contest.