The Rochester Americans won once and lost once in overtime to claim three of four possible points in the standings over the weekend.
The Amerks overcame a two-goal deficit in the final 70 seconds Friday night, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored just 14 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 win. Luke Adam scored early for Rochester before the Penguins took a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Evan Rankin tied the game in the second, but the Penguins scored twice in the third to hold a late 4-2 lead.
Rochester pulled goalie David Leggio in the final two minutes, though, and Kevin Porter scored with 1:08 left to halve the deficit. Mark Mancari then forced overtime 43 seconds later before Wilkes-Barre's Paul Thompson put a quick end to the extra session on a breakaway.
The Amerks rebounded the next night, though, stomping the Adirondack Phantoms 6-2 in Glens Falls. Rochester never trailed as it got goals from Rick Schofield (2), Porter, Rankin, Nick Tarnasky and Nick Crawford. Leggio earned the win in goal, making 28 saves. He's started every Rochester game so far.
The Amerks have won four of their last five games to move into first place in the North Division with a 5-2-1-0 record (11 points). They're one point ahead of the Abbotsford Heat and Lake Erie Monsters.
Rochester next plays at home at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, against the Hamilton Bulldogs.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL