Amerks outplay undefeated Utica, still fall 3-2
ROCHESTER, NY - The Rochester Americans fell at home tonight against the Utica Comets by a 3-2 score. Rochester only gave up 12 shots on goal in the defeat, yet couldn't get much going on offense. Aarne Talvitie opened the scoring with his fourth of the season to give the Comets a 1-0 after the first period. Ethan Prow and Brett Murray broke through in the second period to make it 2-1 Rochester. Prow celebrated his birthday with his second goal on the year, while Murray's go-ahead power play tally was his third. Utica responded with a power play goal from Reilly Walsh to tie the game, and then a bank shot off of Americans goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen by Robbie Russo to take a 3-2 lead.
Utica locked it down defensively in the third period, only allowing five Rochester shots on goal to seal the victory. Comets goaltender Akira Schmid stopped 25 of 27 in the victory. When asked about the game, Rochester head coach Seth Appert focused on the positives, saying, "If we play that way over and over again, we'll win a lot of games". Rochester remains in second place in the North Division, trailing only Utica. The Comets have tied the record for the best start in AHL history at 11-0-0, the only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1984-85 Rochester Americans. The Amerks will look to rebound this Friday night at home as they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is at 7:05 from Blue Cross Arena.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rochester Americans