Amerks shut out at streak­ing Syra­cuse

The Buffalo News - - HOCKEY -

The Rochester Amer­i­cans had their 12-game road point streak snapped in a 4-0 loss at Syra­cuse Satur­day night.

It’s the third shutout loss for the Amerks this sea­son, the other two com­ing against Utica on Oct. 13 and Bing­ham­ton on Nov. 18. It drops their road record to a league-best 12-2-4-2. No other team has less than three losses away from home.

The Crunch (23-12-1-2) scored once in the first pe­riod and three times in the sec­ond to ex­tend their win­ning streak to eight games.

The last three and six of eight games in the se­ries be­tween the teams had been de­cided by one goal.

The re­turn of Li­nus Ull­mark and Bren­dan Guhle to the lineup didn’t seem to help the Amerks. They were sent back to the AHL Fri­day af­ter­noon but were both scratches in Rochester’s 5-2 win over Bing­ham­ton that night.

Ull­mark made 28 saves Satur­day, while Guhle had one of the team’s 27 shots on goal.

At 23-9-4-3, Rochester sits three points be­hind Toronto for first place in the North Di­vi­sion and Eastern Con­fer­ence. The Mar­lies (28-11) won Satur­day at Charlotte, 3-1.

Rochester re­turns to Blue Cross Arena for a Mon­day af­ter­noon game against Utica at 1:05 p.m. The Amerks com­plete a home-and-home se­ries against the Comets with a 7 p.m. game Wed­nes­day.

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