Game Recap - Marlies Sparks Tops Amerks Ullmark in Goaltending Duel
Toronto, Ontario - After shutting out the Toronto Marlies (31-11-0-1) at Ricoh Coliseum 2-0 nearly a month ago, the Rochester Americans (24-10-5-5) returned north of the border in the fourth game of a five-game road-swing. The Amerks however, were unable to solve Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks as they dropped a 2-0 contest Friday night in the third of eight meetings between the North Division rivals this season.
With the loss in regulation, Rochester becomes the last team in the AHL to reach double digits (10) while suffering just its the third away from The Blue Cross Arena as the Amerks carry a 13-3-5-3 record in 24 road games this season.
Amerks captain Kevin Porter led the team with four shots while 15 of the 18 Rochester skaters registered a shot on goal over the course of the tilt as goaltender Linus Ullmark made 37 of 38 saves on the night.
Colin Greening opened the scoring for the Marlies in the first period before former Amerk Jean Dupuy sealed the 2-0 win as he tacked on an empty-netter late in the final stanza.
After the two teams traded scoring chances in the first half of the opening 20 minutes of play, Greening received a pass from Gauthier to the right of Ullmark. The forward snapped a wrist-shot to the left of the Swedish netminder to break the scoreless game at the 14:30 mark of the first period.
The Marlies took the 1-0 lead into the intermission break along with a 12-6 shot advantage.
Over the course of the second period, the Amerks fired 13 shots on Sparks, but the netminder stood tall while Ullmark equally was up to the task as he stopped all 16 shots he faced.
After killing off a penalty to begin the final period, Rochester continued to try to spoil Sparks' shutout bid but he would not crack as he made all 12 saves to complete the shutout while Dupuy scored an empty-netter in the final half-minute of play as Ullmark was on the behind for an extra-attacker.
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from January 27, 2018
- Chicago's T.J. Tynan Added to Roster for 2018 AHL All-Star Classic - AHL
- BLUE JACKETS ASSIGN JORDAN SCHROEDER TO MONSTERS, RECALL ANDRE BENOIT - Cleveland Monsters
- Wolf Pack Loan Dan DeSalvo to Greenville - Hartford Wolf Pack
- ROSTER CHANGE ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC - AHL
- MERMIS TRAPS WOLVES IN OT - Chicago Wolves
- CRUNCH TOP SENATORS, 5-2 - Syracuse Crunch
- Phantoms Knock off First-Place Penguins 5-2 - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
- RECAP: THUNDERBIRDS 5, SOUND TIGERS 3 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- WOLF PACK GAME RECAP - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Charlotte Checkers 2 - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Game Recap - Marlies Sparks Tops Amerks Ullmark in Goaltending Duel - Rochester Americans
- Recap: PENGUINS LOSE IN ALLENTOWN, 5-2 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- Game Recap: CHECKERS RALLY FOR POINT, DROP SHOOTOUT TO HARTFORD - Charlotte Checkers
- P-BRUINS OFFENSE DOMINATES BEARS ON MILITARY NIGHT - Providence Bruins
- COMETS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO SEVEN WITH WIN OVER DEVILS - Utica Comets
- SAN ANTONIO REASSIGNS FORWARD J.C. BEAUDIN TO COLORADO EAGLES - San Antonio Rampage
- SYRACUSE CRUNCH TO HOST PINK IN THE RINK PRESENTED BY UPSTATE CANCER CENTER FEB. 3 - Syracuse Crunch
- BLUE JACKETS ASSIGN HANNIKAINEN, KORPISALO, KUKAN TO MONSTERS - Cleveland Monsters
- SAN DIEGO GULLS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVE - San Diego Gulls
- CLEVELAND MONSTERS: BRADY AUSTIN TO REPRESENT MONSTERS AT 2018 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC - Cleveland Monsters
- MANITOBA MOOSE RECALL COLTON PHINNEY - Manitoba Moose
- Red Wings Recall Booth and Assign Turgeon - Grand Rapids Griffins
- RANGERS ASSIGN THREE PLAYERS TO HARTFORD - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Sound Tigers Look to Extend Win Streak against T-Birds, Bears - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- IOWA WILD REASSIGNS FORWARD PAVEL JENYS, DEFENSEMAN MATT CAITO TO RAPID CITY - Iowa Wild
- Minnesota Wild Reassigns Forwards Rau, Eriksson Ek to Iowa - Iowa Wild
- Dal Colle, Johnston and Fritz Return to the Sound Tigers - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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 Rout Devils 5-1 to Close out Busy Weekend
- Sabres Recall Nelson
- Amerks End Skid, Reclaim North Division Lead with 3-2 Shootout Win over Crunch
- Amerks Blanked by Crunch 1-0, Drop Third Straight
- Amerks Hosting Annual Hometown Heroes Night Saturday, February 23 against Belleville