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Amerks win fifth straight in Binghamton

The Rochester Americans (26-13-2-4) won their fifth straight contest to pull within two points of first place in the North Division with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Devils (21-20-4-0) Saturday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Brett Murray (2+0) notched his first multi-goal game of his pro career with two markers in the second period. Sean Malone (1+1) netted the go-ahead goal for the Amerks in the final stanza with both Eric Cornel (0+1) and Zach Redmond (0+1) getting the assists on the eventual game-winner. Malone would also add an assist for a two-point night while veteran goaltender Andrew Hammond (12-9-2) made 30 saves on the 32 shots he faced in net to pick up his 12th win of the season.

Michael McLeod (1+0) got the Devils on the board first with his sixth goal of the year and Marian Studenic (1+0) knocked in an unassisted marker in the second period for Binghamton. Cory Schneider (5-5-0) took the loss in the crease, stopping 24 of 27 shots on goal.