The Rochester Americans have claimed at least a point in each of their last three games as they try to turn their season around.
The mini-run for the Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate started with a 3-2 shootout win Dec. 11 against the North Division-leading Abbortsford Heat. The game was scoreless halfway into the second period before Frederick Roy scored his second of the season to give the Amerks the lead. The Heat tied it about four minutes later, but Luke Adam scored his second goal in two games with 18 seconds left in the period.
The Heat tied the game about eight minutes into the third period, and the game went to a shootout, where David Leggio stopped six shots to set up T.J. Brennan's shootout goal to clinch the win. Leggio made 29 saves in his first start in three games.
The Amerks followed that up two nights later with a monster comeback in Cleveland to beat Lake Erie. Rochester was down 6-3 in the third period before scoring four straight to claim the game in regulation.
Kevin Porter scored early for the Amerks before the Monsters scored four straight to hold a 4-1 lead early in the second period. The two teams traded goals into the third period, with Adam and Maxime Legault scoring for the Amerks, and Lake Erie held the 6-3 lead with 15 minutes to go. But Marcus Foligno and Jonathan parker scored with 2 1/2 minutes to cut the lead to one, then Mark Mancari tied it on the power play with four minutes left. Alex Biega completed the night, tallying the game-winner 75 seconds later. Leggio made 33 saves for the win.
The Amerks then managed one point two nights later at home but were unable to beat the rival Toronto Mariles, who have beaten Rochester five times now this season in five games as well as sweeping the Americans in the first round of last season's playoffs.
Rochester twice overcame one-goal deficits, with Adam scoring in the first period and Mark Pysyk tying it in the third period. Foligno put the Amerks up 3-2 two minutes later, but Toronto tied the game in the final few seconds and outscored the Amerks in the shootout, 2-0, to claim the win.
The Amerks now have a 12-9-2-1 record, good for 27 points and third place in the North Division. Abborts leads with 36 points, followed by Toronto with 31 points.
Rochester next plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Grand Rapids against the Griffins.
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, David Leggio, Hockey, Kevin Porter, Luke Adam, NHL, T.J. Brennan
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