The Rochester Americans walked away from three games over the long weekend with two of a possible six points, as the team fell twice to the Binghamton Senators before losing a matinee performance to the Lake Erie Monsters.
The weekend began as the Rochester Americans hosted the Binghamton Senators on Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena.
The night began on a high note, with Amerks center Phil Varone scoring his third goal of the season exactly four minutes into the game to give Rochester the early lead.
The team would retain this lead until the second period, when Binghamton would score twice in a span of just 1:29 seconds – with both goals coming at the hands of Senators left winger Mike Hoffman. Just 44 seconds after Hoffman’s second tally, Rochester Americans defenseman Matt MacKenzie scored his first AHL goal to even the game at two.
After a scoreless third period, Binghamton’s Cody Ceci scored the game-winning goal 1:36 into the overtime period to seal the extra point for the Senators. Binghamton goaltender Andrew Hammond made 32 saves, while Matt Hackett stopped 34 of 37 shots faced for the Amerks.
The same teams met again the next night for a contest in Binghamton; however, this tilt went much more in the Senators’ direction as they defeated Rochester by a score of 7-3.
The Senators scored the first three goals of the game before Rochester came back with a pair. However, the Senators went on to score four goals in the third period before the Amerks would add their third of the night, and it simply wasn’t enough.
Rochester goals came from left wing Tim Schaller, who scored his first AHL goal, Luke Adam and Matt Ellis. For the Senators, Stephane Da Costa had a pair of goals and three assists for a five-point night. Sdao, Wideman, Puempel, Stone and Hoffman also scored for Binghamton, while Nathan Lawson stopped 31 shots. On the Amerks side, Nathan Lieuwen stopped 37 of 44 shots faced in his 60 minutes of playing time.
The Rochester Americans capped off a three-game, four-day weekend with an afternoon hosting of the Lake Erie Monsters.
Patrick Kaleta scored his first goal of the AHL season at the 9:37 mark of the first period, and the Amerks would retain the 1-0 lead for a good portion of time. However, at the 13:19 mark of the second period, Stefan Elliott tied things up at one.
After a fruitless third period and overtime, the game went to a shootout, where three of four players scored for Lake Erie – all using an almost identical move to put the puck behind Matt Hackett.
None of the three Amerks players who shot – Phil Varone, Jamie Tardif, Colin Jacobs – managed to score in the shootout. Hackett stopped 28 shots, while his Lake Erie counterpart, Calvin Pickard, stopped 34.
Next up for the Rochester Americans is a school-day game matchup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in Hamilton on November 13th at 10:0o a.m.
Despite the losses, the Rochester Americans retain first place in the North Division of the Western Conference. They currently sit atop the division with a 5-3-2-2 record and 14 points, just one ahead of both the Toronto Marlies and the Hamilton Bulldogs.