For the Rochester Americans, the season is now over. A game five loss on Sunday eliminated the Amerks from the 2014 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth consecutive playoff series loss for Rochester.
The Rochester Americans fell to the Chicago Wolves on Sunday 4-2, making the best-of-five series three games to two in Chicago’s favor. The loss marks the end of an injury- and callup-ridden season for the Amerks, while the Wolves move on to the second round to face the Toronto Marlies.
Things didn’t start off well for the Amerks last night, as Chicago’s Shane Harper scored the opening goal just 2:02 into the first period. After falling into an early deficit, the Amerks would eventually tie the game at one on a goal by Brayden Irwin late in the first period. Irwin’s goal was the first of four power-play goals on the evening, with a pair eventually coming from each team.
As the second period began, it was Rochester’s turn to strike early. Luke Adam notched his second of the postseason just 2:01 into the middle frame to give Rochester its first lead of the night. Things stayed that way for most of the second period, until a pair of penalties would change the game in favor of Chicago.
First, it was a holding penalty to Amerks defenseman Nick Crawford at the 15:39 mark. Chicago’s Brent Regner scored on the resulting power play, tying the game at two goals each.
Then, it was a hooking penalty to Mikhail Grigorenko, handed out less than two minutes after Regner’s tally. With the momentum rolling, Chicago once again took advantage of the power play. This time, it was a go-ahead goal by Dmitrij Jaskin for his second of the postseason. Just like that, the Wolves took the lead, leaving Rochester to play catch-up the rest of the game — something the Amerks weren’t able to do.
Eventually, the Amerks pulled goaltender Andrey Makarov for the extra attacker. It was an unfruitful move, as the Amerks failed to score and the Wolves managed to put in an empty netter by Taylor Chorney.
The 4-2 loss marked the end of the series and the end of the season for the Rochester Americans. Makarov had 32 saves, while Luke Adam had a goal and assist in the loss.