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Rochester Americans Win Twice Over Weekend

After winning one of the team’s first three games, the Rochester Americans took a pair of victories out of this weekend, defeating first the Toronto Marlies and then the Utica Comets to score a four-point weekend.

Rochester Americans center Luke Adam had a four-point weekend and now leads the team with five goals in five games. Adam is tied with Phil Varone for the team lead in points, with each player tallying seven in five games.

The weekend began with a meeting against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at the Blue Cross Arena. The Marlies, a team that the Amerks have largely struggled with in the past, had won 17 of the last 18 meetings between the teams. Make it 17 of the last 19 now, as the Amerks took a decisive 4-1 victory out of Friday’s game.

Dan Catenacci, Luke Adam, Matt Ellis and Phil Varone all scored for Rochester, with Toronto’s lone goal coming from Wade MacLeod. Nathan Lieuwen captured a 37-save win in his first AHL start, while Toronto backup Garret Sparks had 18 saves in the loss.

Former Marlie Mike Zigomanis was a plus-2 with two shots in his first game against his former team, while defensemen Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Alexander Sulzer were also plus-2 on the night.

The Rochester Americans were back at it the next night, hosting the Utica Comets for the second time this season. After dropping a 4-1 lead, the Amerks eventually won the game, 6-4.

Mike Zigomanis was easily the team’s top player of the evening, notching two goals, two assists, a plus-2 rating and six shots on the evening. Luke Adam scored yet again, notching his fifth goal in as many games. Colton Gillies and Alexander Sulzer each scored their first goals as Amerks, with Jerome Gauthier-Leduc adding another goal for the team as well.

Phil Varone had a pair of assists and six shots, while Gauthier-Leduc had a goal and two assists. Sulzer was a plus-3. Matt Hackett began the game and played the first 40 minutes, stopping 29 of 32 shots faced. He was then pulled in favor of Nathan Lieuwen, who allowed one goal on 11 shots faced.

Next up for the Rochester Americans are a pair of away games this coming weekend. The team will travel to face the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday (7:30 pm) before visiting Toronto for a game against the Marlies on Saturday at 5 p.m. The team will then travel to Syracuse for a game against the Crunch on November 1; they won’t play at home again until November 6.

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