The Rochester Americans extended their streak of seasons without winning a playoff series to nine after losing a do-or-die game five Sunday to the Chicago Wolves.
The 4-2 loss guaranteed the Amerks' sixth straight playoff series defeat. While they did win a playoff game this year for the first time in four years, they did extend their series drought to the second-longest stretch in AHL history.
The Buffalo Sabres' top farm team held a 2-1 second-period lead on goals from Brayden Irwin and Luke Adam. But the Wolves scored three unanswered goals to claim the win.
The game-winner maybe should never have happened. Mikhail Grigorenko was called for hooking even though his stick never came close to Nathan Longpre. St. Louis Blues top prospect Dmitrij Jaskin scored on the ensuing power play with only 27 seconds left in the second period to give Chicago the 3-2 lead. They added an empty-netter late to clinch the series.
"I thought we deserved a better fate. That's all I want to say," said Amerks forward Phil Varone, who assisted on both Amerks goals Sunday.
Rochester won two games this season after two straight playoff sweeps at the hands of the Toronto Marlies. They came into the playoffs as the Western Conference's seventh seed and forced game five with a 7-2 rout Friday. That had players thinking good things were destined to happen entering the series finale.
"I think we had a pretty special team, and that's what really hurts," Irwin said.
Chicago moves on to face the Dallas Stars in the second round.
Tags: Brayden Irwin, Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Wolves, Dallas Stars, Dmitrij Jaskin, Hockey, Luke Adam, Mikhail Grigorenko, NHL, Rochester Americans, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Marlies
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