Amerks Blanked by Crunch 1-0, Drop Third Straight
(Rochester, NY) ... Following a 1-0 loss to the Syracuse Crunch (30-15-2-1) Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena, the Rochester Americans (29-16-3-2) have gone three games without a point for just the second time through 51 regular-season games during the 2018-19 campaign. The contest was the first-leg of a home-and-home series between the two clubs and first of four matchups over the next nine days between the intrastate rivals.
With the regulation defeat, the Amerks have collected 17 out of a possible 26 points in their last 13 games and now share the top spot in the AHL's North Division standings heading into tomorrow night's rematch with the Crunch. Rochester has also notched 25 points in its last 20 games dating back to a 4-0 shutout win in Cleveland on Dec. 26.
Of Rochester's 18 skaters, 16 recorded at least one shot on net, including a team-high five shots from defenseman Brendan Guhle, while goaltender Scott Wedgewood (17-9-2) was tagged with the loss as he made 31 saves. Dating back to the day after Christmas, Wedgewood shows a 9-5-1 record during that span and has won has won eight of his last 12 games.
Syracuse improved to 9-2-0-0 in its last 11 games as winger Andy Andreoff tallied his 18th goal of the season during the opening period and netminder Connor Ingram recorded his league-leading sixth shutout victory of the season while stopping 32 shots.
In a playoff-type atmosphere full of physicality and little scoring chances, Syracuse, which outshot Rochester 12-5 during the opening frame, scored the only goal of the period and eventually the game at the 13:34 mark.
Midway through the first frame, former Amerk Cory Conacher tapped a breakout pass to Alexander Volkov, who evaded a hit in the neutral zone before he and Andreoff skated in on a 2-on-1 rush entering the offensive zone. Volkov left the puck in the high-slot for Andreoff and the winger used a Rochester defender as a screen to fire the puck over the glove of Wedgewood with 6:26 left in the frame.
The second stanza started with a heavy hit by Andrew MacWilliam just eight seconds into the frame, but the Amerks pressed for the game-tying goal as they drew three power-plays during the period. Rochester, however, was unable to solve Ingram despite firing 17 shots.
"After a slow start, I thought we had a good second and third periods," said Amerks team captain Kevin Porter, who appeared in his 200th game as an Amerk. "We need to have a better start, especially at home. It's not acceptable."
"We need to get more shots and guys in front of their goaltender," added Porter.
As the two clubs entered the final period of regulation and the Crunch clinging to a one-goal lead, they traded chances as they finished with a combined 21 shots. During the final two minutes of the contest, Rochester pulled Wedgewood for the extra attacker, but much like the previous 58 minutes, Ingram stonewalled the Amerks as he held on for the 1-0 victory.
"It's no secret that guys get up for these types of games," MacWilliam said. "The rivalry that has developed over the last couple of seasons. Looking at the standings, we are matched with them. Every game counts against one another."
"It was a close game between two teams who are even with each other in the standings," said Wedgewood. "They got a goal, we did not. They hit a post in the first period and we hit a couple posts, and that's the way it goes sometimes."
The Amerks meet the Crunch again Saturday night as the home-and-home series shifts to the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse for the seventh meeting this season between the longtime rivals. Rochester will close out the three-game weekend on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3:05 p.m. with a matinee against the Binghamton Devils at The Blue Cross Arena. Both games will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.
SYR: Andreoff (18 - GWG)
ROC: Wedgewood - 31/32 (L)
SYR: Ingram - 32/32 (W)
ROC: PP (0/3) | PK (2/2)
SYR: PP (0/2) | PK (3/3)
1: Connor Ingram ()
2. Andy Andreoff ()
3. Scott Wedgewood ()
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from February 15, 2019
- Roadrunners Stymied by Stars in 2-0 Shutout Loss - Tucson Roadrunners
- Stars Blank Roadrunners in 2-0 Shutout - Texas Stars
- Hats off to Megan in Griffins' Win - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Rocket Snap Losing Streak with 4-3 Victory over Devils - Laval Rocket
- Amerks Blanked by Crunch 1-0, Drop Third Straight - Rochester Americans
- T.J. Brennan Scores OT Winner for Phantoms - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
- Wolves Goosed by the Moose - Chicago Wolves
- Koivula, Lorito and St. Denis each score in overtime loss on Friday - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Megan Hat Trick Snaps Rampage Streak - San Antonio Rampage
- Sens Point Streak Hits 11 - Belleville Senators
- Checkers Stomp Springfield 4-1 to Start Busy Weekend - Charlotte Checkers
- Monsters Clip Senators in Shootout, 2-1 - Cleveland Monsters
- P-Bruins Defeat Marlies 3-1 in 2nd Meeting - Providence Bruins
- Crunch Shutout Americans, 1-0 - Syracuse Crunch
- Devils Win Streak Ends in 4-3 Loss to Laval - Binghamton Devils
- T-Birds Fall to First-Place Checkers - Springfield Thunderbirds
- Pucks and Paws Day Set for March 10 - San Jose Barracuda
- Thunderbirds Host Checkers, Marlies to Start 3-In-3 Weekend - Springfield Thunderbirds
- Jets Recall Sami Niku from the Manitoba Moose - Manitoba Moose
- Dallas Stars Recall Center Joel L'Esperance - Texas Stars
- Flames Recall Curtis Lazar from Stockton - Stockton Heat
- Wolf Pack Sign Defenseman Matt Finn to PTO - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Heat Launch Heat365 Referral Program - Stockton Heat
- Game #46 Preview: Tucson at Texas - Tucson Roadrunners
- Cannata, Anderson Reassigned to ECHL's Utah Grizzlies - Colorado Eagles
- Coyotes Assign Bunting to Tucson - Tucson Roadrunners
- Blue Jackets Recall Forward Kole Sherwood from Monsters - Cleveland Monsters
- Forney Reassigned to Tulsa - San Diego Gulls
- Dallas Stars Reassign Right Wing Denis Gurianov - Texas Stars
- Marlies Set for Friday Night Tilt in Providence - Toronto Marlies
- Thunderbirds to Welcome Two-Time New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion Trey Flowers on March 2nd - Springfield Thunderbirds
- Sound Tigers Gear up for Three-Game Weekend - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Monsters, February 15 - Belleville Senators
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Rochester Americans Stories
- Amerks Name Mair, Weber Assistant Coaches
- Amerks Ink Houser to One-Year AHL Deal
- Amerks Agree to Terms with Defenseman Ryan Jones on One-Year AHL Contract
- Seth Appert Named Head Coach of the Rochester Americans
- Sabres Ink Murray to Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract