Rochester Report: Week 7

After losing their lone game last week against Binghamton, the Amerks needed a strong performance this week with three matchups against divisional opponents. Syracuse, Cleveland, and Utica are all close in the standings with Rochester and wins in a majority of these games were needed in order to remain near the top of the North Division at week’s end.

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
39J.S. Dea57152439
17Sean Malone58121830
22Zach Redmond5952530
15Andrew Oglevie55151429
19C.J. Smith50121527

November 13: vs. Syracuse (W 4-3)

In their third meeting of the season, Rochester’s captain Kevin Porter (4) opened the scoring over a minute into the game, but the Crunch quickly responded, with Taylor Raddysh’s goal that tied the game 35 seconds later. However, the Amerks were able to regain the lead, with Jean-Sebastian Dea (6) and Tyler Randell, with his first of the year, scored at the 11:10 and 13:00 mark of the first to end the opening 20 with a 3-1 lead, and a 15-6 edge in shots.

However, the Crunch played a better period in the second, with 12 shots, and goals from Danick Martel and Cameron Gaunce evened the score heading into the final period.

After a penalty was called on Syracuse 41 seconds into the third, Eric Cornel (2) buried what would be the game-winner, as Rochester earned their third straight win over rival Syracuse.

Jonas Johansson made 28 saves in the win and helped his team start the week on a positive note as they would continue their homestand and host Cleveland on Friday.

November 15: vs. Cleveland (W 3-2/OT)

Unlike their previous game where they started strong, Rochester started the game with only six shots on net in the first and despite having the man advantage, former Amerk Zac Dalpe helped give Cleveland the lead at the 11:45 mark of the first period. However, they turned it around in the following period, outshooting the Monsters 12-5 and scoring two consecutive goals that resulted in their first lead of the game. Lawrence Pilut (2) scored three and a half minutes into the period and Jean-Sebastian Dea (7) scored his second goal in as many nights, giving the Amerks a 2-1 lead at the intermission.

However, with over a minute remaining in regulation, Ryan MacInnis tied the game for Cleveland and the game went to OT. As overtime was getting underway, Andrew Oglevie (3) sealed the game-winner 56 seconds into extra time, and the Amerks won their second straight game.

Johansson made the start once again, and made 25 saves, improving to 4-2-2 in nine games played. After winning two straight at home, the Amerks looked to earn another win on the road against Utica.

November 16: @ Utica (W 4-3)

After winning their last two meetings, the Amerks did not get off to the best start, falling behind 2-0 early after goals from Utica’s Vincent Arseneau and Nikolay Goldobin, who scored on the power play. Zach Redmond, however, was able to trim the deficit with his second goal of the year at the 13:40 mark of the first.

Andrew Oglevie, coming off his overtime heroics the night before, scored the game-tying goal 37 seconds into the period and was the only goal scored in the period. While Utica had a slight 16-15 edge in SOG, the game was tied at 2 heading into the third. The first half of the period saw the Amerks strike early, with Sean Malone (4) giving his team their first lead of the night, and Casey Nelson netting his third of the year at the 9:47 mark for Rochester’s only power-play goal on seven opportunities in this game.

Although Brogan Rafferty scored with 35 seconds remaining, Nelson’s goal would be the game-winner as Rochester won their third in a row and third straight against Utica. In his first game since November 2, Andrew Hammond made 25 saves in what was his sixth win of the year and concluded a solid week for the team.

After winning three straight this past week against division opponents, the Amerks will host Hartford on Friday, before traveling to Binghamton and play the Devils Saturday next weekend. The Wolf Pack currently lead the Atlantic Division with 27 points, while Binghamton has struggled thus far, with only six wins and 15 points and sit last in their division as a result. In their only previous meeting, the Amerks picked up a 3-2 win in the shootout over Hartford. Rochester and Binghamton split their two meetings, with the Amerks winning 4-2 on Nov. 1 and the Devils winning in a shootout a couple weeks ago. Currently in second place with 23 points (10-3-1-2), Rochester will look to continue this run and solidify a division lead.

10/04/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 3-2 (OT)
10/11/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsW 2-1
10/12/19@ Providence BruinsL 3-2
10/13/19@ Hartford Wolf PackW 3-2 (SO)
10/18/19vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
10/19/19@ Utica CometsL 7-1
10/23/19vs. Hershey BearsW 5-1
10/26/19@ Syracuse CrunchW 7-6 (OT)
10/27/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsL 2-1 (OT)
10/30/19vs. Providence BruinsL 4-3
11/01/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/02/19@ Utica CometsW 6-0
11/08/19vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
11/13/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-3
11/15/19vs. Cleveland MonstersW 4-3 (OT)
11/16/19@ Utica CometsW 4-3
11/22/19vs. Hartford Wolf PackW 4-0
11/23/19@ Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/29/19vs. Toronto MarliesL 3-2 (OT)
11/30/19@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2
12/04/19vs. Toronto MarliesW 4-0
12/06/19vs. Charlotte CheckersW 4-0
12/07/19vs. Charlotte CheckersL 3-1
12/11/19vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsW 4-2
12/13/19@ Laval RocketW 3-2
12/14/19@ Laval RocketW 5-0
12/18/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-1
12/20/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 3-0
12/21/19vs. Utica CometsW 4-3
12/27/19vs. Belleville SenatorsW 4-3
12/28/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-0
12/31/19@ Utica CometsL 3-2
01/03/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-3 (OT)
01/04/20@ Toronto MarliesL 5-2
01/08/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
01/10/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 5-1
01/11/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 5-4
01/17/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
01/18/20@ Lehigh Valley PhantomsL 4-0
01/19/20@ Hershey BearsL 4-1
01/22/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2 (OT)
01/24/20vs. Laval RocketW 5-2
01/25/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 3-2
01/31/20vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-2
02/01/20@ Binghamton DevilsW 3-2
02/05/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 4-2
02/07/20vs. Syracuse CrunchL 5-2
02/08/20@ Toronto MarliesL 4-0
02/11/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 4-2
02/12/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 5-2
02/15/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 4-3 (SO)
02/16/20vs. Utica CometsW 3-2
02/19/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 3-2 (OT)
02/21/20vs. Lehigh Valley PhantomsW 3-2 (OT)
02/22/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 3-2 (OT)
02/26/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-2 (SO)
02/28/20vs. Laval RocketW 4-2
02/29/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 4-2
03/04/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-1
03/06/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 5-3
03/07/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-2
03/11/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 5-2
03/13/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
03/15/20@ Cleveland Monsters3:00 PM
03/17/20@ Toronto Marlies1:30 PM
03/20/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/21/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/25/20vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
03/28/20@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins7:05 PM
03/29/20@ Bridgeport Sound Tigers3:00 PM
04/01/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
04/03/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
04/04/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
04/08/20@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
04/10/20vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers7:05 PM
04/11/20@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
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