The Rochester Americans snapped an extended losing skid in a big way, rattling off three straight wins to climb back into the AHL playoff picture.
The Buffalo Sabres' farm team most recently overcame a three-goal third-period deficit Saturday to best the Toronto Marlies, 4-3. Rookie Tim Schaller led the comeback with a natural hat trick, while fellow rookie Andrey Makarov stopped 13 shots to get the win in goal – his sixth straight start. Brayden Irwin registered four assists for Rochester, which scored the game-winner with just 43 seconds left in the game. Mikhail Grigorenko registered two assists in the win, his first two points in three games since joining the Amerks after his junior season ended.
Rochester ended a nine-game winless skid Wednesday in a 5-2 home win over the Syracuse Crunch. Irwin and Dan Catenacci each had two goals in that win. They followed that up Friday with a 4-3 home win over the Binghamton Senators.
"We were really playing well," coach Chadd Cassidy said. "It just took us a while to get through, but when we finally did, it gave us a lot of confidence. "It's huge knowing we can play in different situations."
The Amerks (33-27-6-4) are now seventh in the AHL Western Conference playoff race. They're one point ahead of Rockford, Charlotte and Oklahoma City as they pursue their fourth playoff appearance in five seasons. The Amerks next play next weekend, with the Marlies coming to Rochester on Friday before back-to-back road games Saturday at Hamilton and Sunday at Cleveland.
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