Amerks fin­ish sea­son win­less against Char­lotte

Check­ers com­plete weekend sweep

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

The Rochester Amer­i­cans have seen enough of the Char­lotte Check­ers this sea­son.

The Amerks, who be­gan the 201819 sea­son with two losses at home to the Check­ers, fin­ished 0-4 against Char­lotte in reg­u­lar sea­son games af­ter Satur­day night’s 3-1 loss at Bo­jan­gles Coli­seum in North Carolina.

The sec­ond straight loss in Char­lotte was only the fifth time all sea­son that Rochester has lost two or more games in a row.

They never led against the Check­ers, who own the best record in the Amer­i­can Hockey League at 41-157 for 89 points. Rochester, sec­ond to Syra­cuse in the AHL’s North Divi­sion, fell to 39-20-5. They went into the night one point be­hind the Crunch, who played Binghamton at home.

Ju­lian Gau­thier gave Char­lotte the lead with an unas­sisted goal with 31 sec­onds left in the open­ing pe­riod. Kevin Porter tied it for Rochester with his ninth of the sea­son at 2:49 of the sec­ond. C.J. Smith, his 29th, and Zach Red­mond, his 28th, as­sisted on the Rochester goal.

Char­lotte went back in front at 11:40 of the sec­ond when vet­eran de­fense­man Bobby San­guinetti scored his first of the sea­son. The for­mer Amer­i­can was play­ing in only his 19th game for Char­lotte. To­mas Jurco and Pa­trick Brown as­sisted on what turned out to be the game-win­ner.

Aleksi Saarela added an in­sur­ance goal, his 22nd of the sea­son, on the power play at 9:59 of the third with Nick Schilkey and Trevor Carrick as­sisted.

Rochester out­shot the Check­ers, 34-22, in­clud­ing 25-14 in the fi­nal two pe­ri­ods, but Char­lotte goalie Dustin Tokarski (12-6-2) held them off with 33 saves. Scott Wedge­wood (25-12-2) had 19 saves for Rochester.

The Amerks will be home against Cleve­land on Tues­day night.

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