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Amerks get their revenge on the Crunch

Rochester, N.Y. --- The Rochester Americans hosted the Syracuse Crunch at Blue Cross Arena Wednesday November 2nd. After losing 6-2 to the Crunch on October 22nd, the Amerks got their revenge. The game had a slow start but once it picked up at the end of the first period, it kept moving. Rochester was able to win their fifth game of the season and their second game against the Syracuse Crunch. Brandon Biro played excellent hockey racking in one assist in the first period and one goal in the second period, making his name known. Linus Weissbach also played an amazing game racking in one goal in the second period and assisting on the goal, after his own goal, to Biro to help extend the lead for the Amerks. Lukas Rousek helped secure the lead for the Amerks helping to assist on back to back goals in the second period to Weissbach then to Biro. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen had 24 saves on 26 shots in his seventh start this season for Rochester.

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With a very slow start to the game, players were very physical. That physicality turned into an early penalty, 46 seconds in, for Amerks player Brett Murray for hooking. The Crunch were unable to convert the power play, but things got a little chippy between the teams with players having some conversations with the opposition. Trevor Carrick for the Crunch had two penalties in the period with one of them turning into a power play goal for the Amerks. Jiri Kulich scored the first goal of the game off the power play 11:32 into the period and was assisted by Ethan Prow and Brandon Biro. The next goal came from Matt Bartkowski with a nice sneak-in shot for his first goal of the season, and as an Amerk, 15:25 into the period. The Amerks up 2-0 at the end of the first.

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The second period kept the same physicality from the previous period, Jack Finley of the Crunch had a hooking penalty early, 2:36 into the period. After the penalty Daniel Walcott of the Crunch and Brendan Warren of the Amerks got in each other’s face, almost fighting before it was broken up. Directly after the altercation, Daniel Walcott scored the Crunch’s first goal 3:22 into the second period, making the score 2-1 with the Amerks leading. Brendan Warren answered back, scoring 10:19 into the period assisted by Mitch Eliot and Anders Bjork, making the score 3-1 with the Amerks in the lead. The Amerks wasted no time, scoring again 12:03 into the period with the goal coming from Linus Weissbach making it his fifth goal of the season and putting the Amerks up 4-1. The Amerks extended their lead 15:34 into the period with a goal from Brandon Biro, making the lead 5-1 for the Amerks. Jack Thompson scored a goal which helped cut the lead for the Crunch, making the score 5-2 with the Amerks leading at the end of the period.

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The momentum did not slow down to start the third period with a goal from Brett Murray 1:18 into the period, extending the Amerks lead to 6-2. After a slow down in momentum on both sides, the Amerks kicked it back up scoring 14:34 into the period with a nice flick goal coming from Mason Jobst making it his first of the season and extending the lead to 7-2 Amerks.

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The Rochester Americans finished the game beating the Syracuse Crunch 7-2 in a tough, physical battle. The Amerks flipped the script from the last time these two teams met, getting their revenge. They scored an impressive 7 goals out of 21 shots. The Amerks scored their most points in a game for this season with 7, and they have scored 12 in their last two games. The Amerks look to keep their winning streak going against the Utica Comets at home this Friday November 4th, puck drop is 7:05pm at Blue Cross Arena.



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