Amerks Win Overtime Thriller against the Bruins
ROCHESTER, N.Y. --- The Rochester Americans (9-5-1-1) hosted the league leading Providence Bruins (10-2-3-2) as a third period comeback was finished in overtime by Linus Weissbach's game winning goal. The Bruins suffered their first road loss of the season as the Amerks improve to 6-1-1 at home. Brett Murray netted two goals as Michael Houser in net made 31 saves for his 3rd win on the season.
Rochester started the game out strong outshooting the Bruins early, but momentum would quickly shift. Nick Wolff's first of the season 9:39 into the first set the tone early for the Bruins. With Fabian Lysell's quick snapshot late in the 1st the Bruins took full control.
After a 2nd period where the Amerks had the majority of the offense they could not get one past goalie Brandon Bussi. But 5 minutes into the third, Murray scored after a tic-tac-toe passing play in front of the net with Lukas Rousek.
Just a 1:17 later though the Bruins would snap momentum right back and take the air out of the building. Samuel Asselin's quick wrister got past Houser to make it 3-1 in what could've been the dagger for the Amerks. Instead, the team stood tall and Murray just over 30 seconds later put in a rebound to cut the lead again. His now 7th on the season put life back in as a roaring crowd was hungry more.
It took over 10 minutes of play, but Anders Bjork's fourth goal of the season tied the game. 16:45 into the third his shot went off a Bruins defender and over the shoulder of Bussi. Both teams did not give in through the rest of the period and the stage was set for overtime.
After 4:54 of 3v3 overtime action, going back and forth down the opened-up ice. Ethan Prow lofted a deep hail mary pass from his own goal line. He lofted the puck high through the air as it soared past the defense and found a hustling Weissbach. He sprinted past the defense and took his breakaway opportunity straight to the net burying it home.
His winning goal is now his seventh on the season as he lifts the Amerks to another home win. The team will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving Day but will have a quick turnaround as they host the Bridgeport Islanders Friday at 7 pm. The Rochester Americans currently sit at second place in the North division and sixth overall in the Eastern Conference standings.