Olof­s­son hits 30 goals in Amerks’ loss

The Buffalo News - - NHL -

Amer­i­can Hockey League scor­ing leader Carter Ver­haeghe con­tin­ued to be a neme­sis for the Rochester Amer­i­cans Satur­day night.

The Syra­cuse Crunch cen­ter scored the tie-break­ing goal with 3:21 left in the third pe­riod in a 4-3 vic­tory over the Amerks to clinch a sec­ond AHL North Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship in the last three years for his team.

Syra­cuse (47-21-7) in­creased its lead over sec­ond-place Rochester (4523-7) to four points with each team hav­ing one game left to play Sun­day.

Ver­haeghe’s goal was his fifth this sea­son in 12 games against Rochester. He has 13 of his league-high 81 points against the Amerks.

Vic­tor Olof­s­son scored twice for the Amerks, giv­ing him 30 for the sea­son. He had been tied with C.J. Smith with 28 goals each. Olof­s­son be­came the first Rochester player to scored 30 goals in a sea­son since Thomas Vanek and Ja­son Pom­inville both did in the 2004-05 sea­son.

Rochester will play at Belleville (Ont.) in its fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game Sun­day at 2 p.m. The Amerks will be the No. 2 seed in the North Di­vi­sion bracket of the Calder Cup play­offs and be home to Toronto to open the best-of-five first round this week.

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