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Amerks head into Christmas break with 4-3 loss to Comets

Despite a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded tally, the Rochester Americans (19-6-2-2) saw the Utica Comets (18-10-1-2) score late and steal a 4-3 win Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena in the final game going into the Christmas break.

The Amerks go into the annual break showing a 14-3-1-1 record over their last 19 games dating back to Nov. 1, earning points in 16 games over that span, and holding a three-point cushion atop the AHL’s North Division standings. Additionally, Rochester has picked up points in 21 of the last 26 contests overall, going 17-5-2-2, while also earning 42 out of a possible 58 points through its first 29 contests of the season.


Forward Taylor Leier booked his first two-point outing of the season with two goals while blueliner John Gilmour scored for the third game in his last four contests. Goaltender Andrew Hammond (10-4-2) suffered his second straight regulation loss of the campaign despite making 22 saves.