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Amerks outlast Utica, 7-6

The Rochester Americans (19-11-0-0) jumped out to a 7-2 lead halfway through the second period against the first-place Utica Comets (19-4-3-0) before surviving a late game push and holding on for a 7-6 win in a scoring frenzy Wednesday at The Blue Cross Arena.

With the win, Rochester has won three straight games to even the season-series with the Comets at 3-3-0-0 through the first six meetings. Overall, the Amerks have also earned 11 victories in their last 15 games.

With a career-high four-point outings from both Jack Quinn (1+3), who made his NHL debut Wednesday night with the Buffalo Sabres, and Oskari Laaksonen (0+4), the Amerks picked up their 10th win on home ice, which ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Biro (1+2) and Casey Fitzgerald (0+2) both chipped in multi-point efforts. Matej Pekar, Linus Weissbach, Arttu Ruotsalainen, Mason Jobst, and Mitch Eliot all scored in the win as well.

Goaltender Mat Robson (3-1-0) made 23 saves in his fourth appearance of the season for Rochester. Robson was recalled on Wednesday morning ahead of tonight’s contest following the recalls of Michael Houser and Aaron Dell to the parent Buffalo Sabres.

The Amerks continue their four-game homestand on Friday, Jan. 14 in the first of back-to-back meetings with the Belleville Senators at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start.