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Amerks drop heartbreaker to Crunch

The Rochester Americans (21-11-2-3) took a two-goal advantage going into the second intermission Saturday night at Upstate Medical University Arena, but the Syracuse Crunch (18-16-2-1) scored four times during the third period, including three unanswered goals over the final 11:24 of regulation, to escape with a 5-4 win. The contest was the fourth between the two clubs this season and all four have been one-goal outcomes.


Despite the loss, the Amerks show a 16-8-1-2 record over their last 17 games dating back to Nov. 1, earning points in 19 games over that span.

Forward C.J. Smith chipped in a pair of assists for Rochester, which coming into tonight had prevailed in each of the first three meetings of the season against the Crunch. Tyler RandellJohn GilmourBrett Murray and Jean-Sebastien Dea all found the back of the net while goaltender Andrew Hammond (10-8-2) suffered his sixth straight loss for the Amerks.