Center Phil Varone and defenseman Brayden McNabb each extended their respective point streaks as the Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3.
The first star of the game, however, belongs to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, who scored the first AHL goal of his career and added a second to help the Amerks to victory. Ruhwedel’s two goals came on three shots, the most of any Rochester defenseman during last night’s game.
Rochester Americans center Mike Zigomanis opened the scoring just three and a half minutes in. Later in the first period, Matt Ellis added a power play tally to make it 2-0 in favor of Rochester. The Amerks would score another power play goal in the second period – this time at the hands of Ruhwedel – to take a 3-0 lead.
Next up, however, it was Hamilton’s turn to score, as rookie Sven Andrighetto tallied his fourth goal of the season. Former Rochester Americans defenseman Drew Schiestel assisted on Andrighetto’s goal.
Less than a minute after Andrighetto’s goal, Chad Ruhwedel notched his second goal of the evening to regain a three-goal lead for Rochester.
However, the Bulldogs would make a third period rally to close the gap to 4-3 on goals by Joonas Nattinen and Louis Leblanc.
Despite dropping the lead, Rochester was able to hold on for the win. Forward Frederick Roy added an empty-netter at the 19:18 mark to seal the deal, and Rochester went on to win 5-3.
Rochester Americans goaltender Matt Hackett had 24 saves in the win, while Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 of 26 shots faced for Hamilton.
The game saw four fighting majors handed out – two each to Mike Blunden and Brayden McNabb. Rochester was successfully able to hold off the Bulldogs’ power play, which went 0-for-4 on the night, while the Amerks were 2-for-6.
Next up for the Rochester Americans is a home-and-home series with the Binghamton Senators, beginning with a meeting at Blue Cross Arena on Friday.The teams will then face off in Binghamton on Saturday, before Rochester hosts Lake Erie in an afternoon game on Veteran’s Day.