ROCHESTER, NY - The Rochester Americans were defeated 3-2 in overtime by the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday night at Blue Cross Arena. After a scoreless first period, Rochester got off to a hot start in the second. Jack Quinn fired a wrist shot from the slot past Syracuse goaltender Hugo Alnefet. They would then take a 2-0 lead when Brendan Warren put his third goal of the season past Alnefet on a 2 on 1 rush. Syracuse responded in the latter stages of the second frame as Gabriel Dumont scored twice to tie the game, the latter goal coming with just 6.7 seconds to go in the period. The Upstate New York rivals headed into the third period deadlocked at 2-2.
The Crunch killed off a 5 on 3 penalty early in the third, which saw Jack Quinn ring a shot off the crossbar and Alnefet clear a puck off the line just before it crossed. The teams then traded empty 5 on 4 power play opportunities before going to overtime. Cole Koepke won the game for Syracuse with a wrister on the far side past Rochester goaltender Mat Robson. Robson stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in the defeat. The Amerks will head to Cleveland for two games this weekend, with the first being Friday at 7pm.
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