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Amerks blanked by Marlies

Despite nearly 40 shots, including 17 in the first period alone, the Rochester Americans (27-15-2-4) were unable to solve Toronto Marlies (23-20-3-2) goaltender Joseph Woll as the Amerks concluded the weekend with a 4-0 loss north of the border Saturday afternoon at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

The defeat was Rochester’s first road loss after winning the previous four games outside the Flower City dating back to a 3-2 overtime victory at Cleveland on Jan. 22. The Amerks also remain in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings behind only the Belleville Senators.

Playing in his 400th career game in the American Hockey League, Amerks veteran defenseman and assistant captain Andrew Hammond shared the team lead with Rasmus Asplund as they both registered four shots each. Both Asplund and blueliner Lawrence Pilut were reassigned by the Buffalo Sabres prior to the game. Eyeing his fourth straight win in the crease, goaltender Andrew Hammond (13-10-2) earned the start but took the defeat despite making 21 saves on 23 shots he faced.