MacInnis delivers in the clutch as Amerks edge Crunch, 2-1
Updated: May 21
ROCHESTER, NY - The Rochester Americans defeated the Syracuse Crunch Friday night at Blue Cross Arena by a score of 2-1. This was the first game in a four game homestand for Rochester, and it did not start well for them. The Crunch took the lead as Remi Elie and Gabriel Dumont set up Alex Green for the tally at 12:07 of the second period. The Amerks hit back with just 43 seconds to go in the period, as Ryan MacInnis buried one to tie it, assisted by Jimmy Schuldt and Brandon Biro. The game was even at a goal apiece heading into the final period.
Late in the third, Syracuse took an extremely costly delay of game penalty, putting the Amerks on the power play. It was the first man-advantage of the game for the home side. In a mad scramble in front of the net, Michael Mersch passed the puck to MacInnis, who buried the winning goal from his knees. On the back end, Amerks goaltender Matt Robson stopped 25 of 26 shots faced. This performance is what Rochester will need more of, as goaltending throughout the Sabres-Amerks pipeline has been stretched extremely thin. Rochester will look for another victory tomorrow night in a North Division clash against Utica, who currently has the best record in the AHL. Puck drop is at 6:05pm from Blue Cross Arena.
PHOTO CREDIT - Micheline V/Rochester Americans