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Rochester Americans Split First Two Games of AHL Season

October 15th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Rochester Americans split the first two games of the 2012-13 season over the weekend. The Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate won its home opener Friday before falling on the road Saturday.

Friday

The Amerks blew a 4-1 lead and actually trailed late in regulation before tying the game and winning in a shootout against the Syracuse Crunch.

Corey Tropp scored twice Friday, including the opening tally only 24 seconds in. Syracuse tied it in the first before Tropp, Marcus Foligno and Mark Pysyk gave the Amerks a 4-1 lead.

The Crunch then rattled off four straight goals in the second and third periods, including a goal by former Canisius College standout Cory Conacher. Syracuse took a late lead, but Mark Mancari evened the score at 5 on the power play. He then scored the eventual winner in the shootout.

Foligno and Mancari each finished with a goal and an assist. David Leggio made 29 saves to earn the win. The game drew 8,859 people to the Blue Cross Arena.

Saturday

The offense wasn't nearly as explosive Saturday in Toronto, as the Amerks just scored once in a 3-1 loss to the Marlies.

The Marlies never trailed in this game, scoring twice in the first period and never looking back. Foligno scored the Amerks' lone goal in the second period on the power playm with Cody Hodgson and T.J. Brennan registering the assists.

Leggio stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss.

The Amerks next play at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against the Binghamton Senators.

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