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Amerks split weekend set with Checkers

For the first time in 14 games and 39 days, the Rochester Americans (15-4-2-2) suffered a regulation loss as they come up short in a 3-1 setback to the defending Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers (10-11-3-0) Saturday night at The Blue Cross Arena to split the two-game weekend set.

Prior to tonight’s loss, the Amerks produced a 12-game point streak, showing a 10-0-1-1 record dating back to Nov. 1. Rochester, however, has picked up points in 17 of the last 20 contests overall, going 13-3-2-2 over that span, while also earning 34 out of a possible 46 points through their first 23 contests of the season.

Forward Jean-Sebastien Dea scored the Amerks lone goal during the second period for his eighth of the campaign from Jacob Bryson and John Gilmour while netminder Andrew Hammond (8-2-1) made 27 saves.

Charlotte forwards Julien Gauthier and Morgan Geekie both scored a power-play goal during the first period while Max McCormick capped off the win with an empty-netter. Goaltender Anton Forsberg stopped 32 of 33 shot he faced to improve to 6-4-2 on the season.