11/26 Recap: Brown stays productive

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 11/27/2014

In Wednesday USHL action, Christopher Brown snapped a four-game goal drought with a goal and two helpers as Green Bay was edged by Madison 4-3. The three-point night, Brown's second of the season, has the Boston College commit creeping towards a point-per-game pace with a team-leading 16 (6+10) through his first 17 contests. He has at least one point in eight of his last nine games. Brown and the Gamblers are next in action Friday at Sioux Falls.


Matt Ellis scored his fifth goal of the year as Rochester dropped a 3-1 home ice decision to Grand Rapids. With the Amerks on a first period power play, Mikhail Grigorenko started the play with a nice move to the inside before kicking the puck back to the point to create the Mark Pysyk shot and the Ellis rebound marker. Nathan Lieuwen made 34 saves to suffer his fourth straight defeat. His last victory was back on Oct. 22. versus Rockford.

The Amerks and Griffins will play a rematch Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.


Brycen Martin finished with a minus-one rating as Swift Current was defeated by Edmonton 4-1. A six-goal scorer a season ago, Martin has yet to light the lamp in his first 27 games. The Broncos visit Calgary on Friday.
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11/25 Recap: Ullmark takes loss

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 11/26/2014

In Sweden, Linus Ullmark stopped 27 of 30 shots Tuesday as MODO was defeated by Brynas IF 4-1. Ullmark, who made his ninth consecutive start for MODO, was beaten with a high glove snipe, a deflection of a long point shot, and an easy scoop of a rebound with MODO attempting to kill a two-man disadvantage. After 17 starts, Ullmark is 6-10  with a 3.57 GAA and .899 save%.

Gustav Possler (-1) recorded three shots in 19:55 of work for MODO, while Victor Olofsson (-1, 14:08) failed to make it three straight games with a goal. Buffalo's 2014 third-rounder, Jonas Johansson, served as backup for Brynas in the victory.

Also on Tuesday, MODO announced the signing of longtime enforcer Donald Brashear to a contract for the remainder of the season. A veteran of 1,025 NHL games, Brashear, 42, could make his debut on the big European ice Thursday when MODO hosts HV 71.

In NCAA action, fifth-year senior Mark Adams earned his first point of the year with an assist as Providence shut down Army 3-0. Anthony Florentino (3 SOG) returned to action following a one game absence for the Friars, who return to work on Saturday versus No. 11 Boston College.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup as Harvard kept 2015 draft stud Jack Eichel off the score sheet for the first time in his 11-game NCAA career in earning a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 1 Boston University. Malone has missed all nine of Harvard's games this season while recovering from an undisclosed injury. The Crimson visit No. 4 UMass Lowell on Friday.

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11/24 Recap: Lemieux pots two

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 11/25/2014

Brendan Lemieux scored twice Monday as Barrie was defeated By Ottawa 5-2. The double helping gives Lemieux 14 goals in 19 games this season, including seven in his last seven, tying Kitchener Rangers forward Justin Bailey for ninth-most in the OHL and the lead among all Sabres prospects. Among Lemieux's tallies are nine on the power play, two game-winners and one that came while shorthanded.

The Monday markers arrived in the similar manner to the previous dozen - with the hard-nosed winger getting into the 10-foot radius of the net with his stick on the ice.

The Colts are off until Saturday when they host Sudbury.
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Baptiste an Otter

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, November 24, 2014 | 11/24/2014

Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste has been traded by the Sudbury Wolves to the Erie Otters in exchange for forward Travis Wood, defenseman Cole Mayo, two second round draft selections, and two third round picks.

As a result, Baptiste's final year of junior hockey sees him go from the last place team in the OHL to one that is tied for first overall in the entire league.

Already signed to an NHL contract, Baptiste's acceleration and high-energy style helped him collect 45 goals last season with the Wolves. He was a named co-captain this season prior to missing Sudbury's first 11 games with a shoulder injury. He returned to score six goals and 11 points in a dozen games with the Wolves before the Monday trade.

There is no question that the move will prove positive for Baptiste's professional development. He's already a favorite to gain valuable experience as a member of Canada's 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship entry. With Erie, all signs point to more high-pressure exposure as the Otters are clearly well-positioned for a deep playoff run and potential Memorial Cup berth after having won 19 of their first 23 games.

And of course, there's the whole Connor McDavid factor. Baptiste is slated to play the right wing on McDavid's line when the phenom makes his return from a hand injury.

Stylistically, Baptiste is a great fit for McDavid, or perhaps in the interim, 2015 draft eligible Dylan Strome. His speed allows him to close gaps, cause turnovers and win 50/50 battles. He enjoys bumping and initiating contact to make plays. Bundle in a soft set of hands and a sharp one-on-one game, and he makes an already lethal Otters attack all the more scary.

Statistically, if Baptiste averaged .69 goals per game a season ago in Sudbury, it's reasonable to think that he'll at the very least equal that production in Erie. The Otters have 45 regular season games remaining. Considering that he could potentially miss 10 of those while away with Team Canada, Baptiste should easily score a minimum of 25 goals the rest of the way. In reality, the benchmark should be set at 30 and we'll leave it at that.

Otters owner and General Manager Sherry Bassin has made his intentions clear. The goal is the Memorial Cup, and Baptiste will be a big part of their mission.

Baptiste will likely make his Erie debut on Thursday when the Otters host Mississauga.
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11/23 Recap: Reinhart stays in groove

Sam Reinhart notched a pair of assists Sunday as Kootenay skated to a 7-3 victory over Moose Jaw. The helpers give Reinhart 18 points since his return from Buffalo as the ICE have gone 7-1 since getting their captain back. Reinhart has points in all eight contests. He'll look to make it nine straight when the ICE visit Portland on Friday.

In the OHL, Brendan Lemieux picked up an assist as Basrrie smoked Belleville 9-3. Lemieux has totaled 20 points (12+8) in his first 18 games. The Colts are back in action Monday morning for a School Day game versus Ottawa.

Justin Bailey was held without a point for the second straight game as Kitchener was blanked by Guelph 3-0. Bailey continues to lead the Rangers with 14 goals and 29 points after 21 games. Kitchener visits Peterborough on Thursday.

Eric Cornel saw his three-game point streak snapped as Peterborough was bested by Mississauga 5-1. Cornel has 21 points (7+14) in as many games for the Petes entering Thursday's tilt with the Rangers.
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11/22 Recap: Lemieux, Compher strike twice; Makarov shines

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, November 23, 2014 | 11/23/2014

In Saturday action, Brendan Lemieux scored 1:00 into the opening period and later added a second marker as Barrie was defeated by Peterborough 4-3. Lemieux's pair of power play tallies, his second two-goal performance of the season, earned him the game's number two star. He has 19 points (12+7) in 17 games this season, including five goals in his last five outings. Eight of his 12 goals have come with the man advantage.

Petes forward Eric Cornel was named the game's number three star thanks his game-winning goal and an assist, and now has his second three-game point streak of the season. Cornel's productive night keeps him above the point-per-game line with 21 (7+14) at the 20-game mark.

Both clubs go right back at it on Sunday with the Petes visiting Mississauga and the Colts traveling to Belleville.


Vaclav Karabacek scored the game-winning goal for the second straight night and added a helper as Gatineau cruised past Acadie-Bathurst 4-1. Karabacek has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season, and a total of four in his last six. Gatineau gets back to work Friday versus Quebec.


Sam Reinhart picked up a power play assist to extend his point streak to seven games since returning from Buffalo as Kootenay blanked Medicine Hat 3-0. Reinhart has collected 16 points total for the ICE, who have now gone 6-1 since getting their captain back. Kootenay completes the three-game weekend on Sunday when they host Moose Jaw.

Brycen Martin added his 10th assist to his season resume as Swift Current skated to a wild 8-7 win at Saskatoon. Defenseman Brett Lernout, who was selected by Montreal (73rd overall) one spot ahead of Martin at the 2014 draft, paced the Broncos with a hat trick to earn the game's number one star. Swift Current plays a mid-week tilt at Edmonton on Wednesday,


J.T. Compher recorded his first two goals of the season and added an assist as Michigan earned the split in the Big Ten series with an 8-1 thrashing of Penn State. Compher, who went without a goal in his previous 10 games, now has nine points (2+7) entering next weekend's set with RPI.

Anthony Florentino did not play due to an undisclosed injury as Providence earned a 1-0 shutout victory at New Hampshire. Fairport, NY product and reigning Hockey East Player of the Week Trevor Mingoia scored the game's only goal. Mark Adams finished with an even rating on his usual pairing with freshman Jake Walman (STL). The Friars are back in action Tuesday versus Army.

Judd Peterson did not factor into the scoring as St. Cloud State was clipped by North Dakota 3-2. The Huskies continue the schedule next weekend with a road set at Bemidji State.

Brad Navin was shut down as Wisconsin extended their season-opening losing streak to eight games with a 3-2 loss at Denver. The Badgers welcome Ferris State to the Kohl Center next weekend for a non-conference set.

Max Willman was blanked as Brown's woes continued with a 4-0 loss at Cornell. The Bears will look to snap a six-game skid next Saturday when they host Connecticut.


Christopher Brown registered an assist as Green Bay was defeated by Madison 4-3 in a shootout. The Boston College commit has notched a point in seven of his last eight games en route to collecting a team-leading total of 13 (5+8) through 16 appearances. The Gamblers face the Capitols for the third straight game on Wednesday.


Andrey Makarov made a career-high 45 saves to earn the game's number two star, and Mikhail Grigorenko snapped a six-game goal drought with his sixth of the year as Rochester came up short in a 4-1 loss to Adirondack. Grigorenko's unassisted tally puts him at 11 points in his first 18 games.

The Amerks (8-9-1-0, third place North Division) will return home for a Wednesday tilt with Grand Rapids.


Colin Jacobs earned a helper to extend his point streak to four games as Elmira doubled Wheeling 6-3. The Jackals and Nailers will play it back Sunday in Elmira.


From early Saturday action, MODO's Victor Olofsson scored a penalty shot goal and Linus Ullmark stopped 48 shots in a loss to SAIK
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SWE: Olofsson snipes; Ullmark under siege

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 11/22/2014

In Saturday SHL action, Victor Olofsson scored his eighth goal of the season on a penalty shot as MODO was defeated by Skelleftea AIK 4-1. A seventh round pick by the Sabres in the 2014 draft, Olofsson has been quite a surprise for both MODO and Sabres fans this season. His eight goals and 14 points both rank second on the team after 23 games.

Linus Ullmark was back in net for MODO following a 50-save shutout on Thursday versus Linkoping HC. He allowed two goals high glove side and another that he really had no chance at stopping as MODO's defense continues to suffer breakdowns in coverage in front of their backstop. Ullmark finished the night by stopping an impressive 48 of the 51 shots sent his way to move to 6-9 on the year.

Gustav Possler saw his three-game goal streak snapped in the loss, finishing with one shot on goal and a minus-two rating in 15:23 of work.
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11/21 Recap: Schaller's big night fuels Amerks

Tim Schaller recorded a career-high five points (2+3) Friday, headlined by his first professional short-handed goal and later the game-winner to lead the Rochester Americans to a 7-4 victory over the Utica Comets. Joel Armia notched a power play goal and an assist to earn the game's number two star.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored twice in the final minutes of the third period with an empty-netter at 18:07 and then a big shot with less than one second remaining on the clock. Mark Pysyk and Matt MacKenzie provided singles, while Phil Varone saw his five-game point streak snapped in the victory.

Andrey Makarov allowed four goals on 28 shots to move to 5-4-1 on the year with a 3.04 GAA and .905 save%.

With Dan Catenacci (suspended), William Carrier (injured) and Zac Dalpe (injured) unavailable, second-year defenseman Jerome Leduc filled in as a winger, joining Drew Schiestel, T.J. Brennan and Dennis Persson as prospect blue-liners in recent memory to plug forward minutes. Justin Kea contributed one shot on goal and a plus-one rating in his first game in an Amerks uniform.

The Amerks are back in action Saturday when they travel to Adirondack.


Vaclav Karabacek scored with 3:44 left in regulation to thrust Gatineau to a 2-1 victory at Blainville-Boisbriand. The goal, Karabacek's seventh of the year and first game-winner, gives the second-year winger 16 points through 22 games. The Olympiques host Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday.


Sam Reinhart added two assists to his stat line as Kootenay downed Lethbridge 5-1. Through six games, Reinhart has gathered four goals and 15 points. He'll be expected to maintain the production Saturday when the ICE look to avenge their loss to Medicine Hat earlier in the week.

Brycen Martin (-1) picked up one assist as Swift Current lost at Prince Albert 6-2. Martin has nine points (0+9) at the 25-game mark for the Broncos, who travel to Saskatoon on Saturday.


Nick Baptiste produced one assist as Sudbury dropped a 2-1 home-ice decision to North Bay. The helper gives Baptiste 11 points (6+5) in his first dozen games. The Wolves are off until next Friday when they square off with Guelph.

Justin Bailey was held without a point for just the third time in his first 20 games as Kitchener edged Windsor 2-1. Bailey will look to re-start production when the Rangers visit Guelph on Sunday.


Hudson Fasching (-2, 2 SOG) was unable to produce as No. 4 Minnesota was defeated by Team USA Under-18 5-4. Senior forward Christian Isackson earned an assist for the Gophers, while Team USA 2016 draft stud Auston Matthews notched three points (2+1) including the overtime winner to seal the exhibition victory. The Gophers get back to work Friday at Boston College.

J.T. Compher was blanked as Michigan opened the B1G schedule with a 3-2 loss to Penn State. Compher now has zero goals and six assists through his first 10 games. The Wolverines will look for the conference split on Saturday.

Connor Hurley was kept off the score sheet as Notre Dame skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 5 UMass Lowell. Notre Dame freshman netminder Cal Petersen did not play for the second straight night. Next up for Notre Dame is the opener of the Shillelagh Tournament on Friday versus Union. 

Judd Peterson logged one shot on goal as St. Cloud State earned a 3-1 victory over North Dakota. The freshman forward has two assists through his first 11 collegiate contests while being shut out in his last five. The two clubs close the NCHC set Saturday in St. Cloud.

Brad Navin contributed two shots on goal as Wisconsin continued their season-long skid with a 5-2 loss at Colorado College. Wisconsin hopes to end their seven-game funk on Saturday versus Denver.

Max Willman was kept off the score sheet as Brown was defeated by Colgate 4-3 in overtime. The Bears will look to end a five-game losing streak Saturday when they conclude their Upstate swing at Cornell.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup due to injury as Harvard bested Bentley 5-1. Malone has yet to suit up in Harvard's first eight games. The Crimson face off with Boston University on Tuesday.

The game between Providence (Anthony FlorentinoMark Adams) and New Hampshire was postponed due to issues with the ice surface at UNH. The teams will give it a go on Saturday, and make up the Friday contest at a later date.


Christopher Brown connected for a pair of assists as Green Bay lost at Madison 5-4 in overtime. The two-assist effort was Brown's second multiple-point game of the year and first since his Oct. 10. His 12 points (5+7) through 15 games lead the Gamblers' attack entering Saturday's rematch with the Capitols.


Colin Jacobs scored his second goal of the year on a penalty shot as Elmira edged Reading 3-2. Jacobs's tally gives him three points in his first five games. The Jackals take on Wheeling on Saturday.

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11/20 Recap: Cornel keeps pace

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11/21/2014

Eric Cornel (-3) picked up an assist Thursday as Peterborough lost to Sault Ste. Marie 7-3. The helper maintains Cornel's point-per-game pace with 19 (6+13) in as many games. The 6-foot-2 winger will look for his three-game point streak of the year on Saturday when the Petes take on Brendan Lemieux and the Barrie Colts.

Nick Baptiste (-1) was blanked as Sudbury surrendered three third-period goals in taking a 3-0 loss at North Bay. Baptiste has gone without a point in five of the 11 contests he has played in thus far for the last-place Wolves. Sudbury will look to improve when they complete the home-and-home series with the Battalion on Friday.

In the NCAA, Connor Hurley finished with one shot on goal and a plus-one rating as Notre Dame was defeated by UMass-Lowell 3-1. Cal Petersen served as backup for the Fighting Irish, who look for the conference split Friday on home ice.

And in case you missed it, the Sabres' MODO prospects did their thing in a shutout victory over Linkoping.

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Sabres trio keys MODO shutout victory

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 11/20/2014

A trio of Sabres prospects paved the way Thursday as Gustav Possler and Victor Olofsson each netted goals and Linus Ullmark stopped all 50 shots sent his way for his first shutout of the year to lead MODO to a 2-0 victory over Linkoping HC.

Olofsson opened the scoring at 3:21 of the second period when he stepped into a slap shot from the right point on the power play. Olofsson's marker was his seventh of the year, fourth with the man advantage and sixth game-winner. He has a total of 13 points through 22 games.

Possler made it three straight games with a goal when he fought for position and kept his stick on the ice for a deflection marker in the final minute of the middle frame. The three-game goal streak is Possler's longest since his astounding seven-game run at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, elevating his season point total to 11 (6+5) at the 20-game mark.

Ullmark was superb in the MODO net for a second straight game, leveraging his bulky upper body and aggressive movement en route to capturing the shutout. LHC appeared to have tied the game when former NHLer Jeff Taffe got one past him with 24 seconds remaining, but the goal was disallowed when it was ruled (at the last second) that Ullmark was interfered with on the play. The stellar performance puts Ullmark at 6-8 with a 3.64 GAA and .894 save%.

Next up for MODO is a Saturday visit to Skelleftea AIK.

Elsewhere in the SHL, Jonas Johansson again served as backup as Brynas IF was defeated by Orebro HK 2-1. The 19-year old netminder has gotten into just one top league contest this season. Brynas takes on Farjestads BK on Saturday.
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11/19 Recap: Samson ends well

Sam Reinhart finished strong Wednesday, posting a goal and two assists in the third period as Kootenay lost to a well-balanced Medicine Hat club, 7-3. The three-point night, Reinhart's fourth multiple-point game in five tries since returning from Buffalo, leaves the crafty pivot with four goals and 13 points entering the weekend. The ICE loss was their first since getting their captain back. Kootenay next hosts Lethbridge on Friday.

Elsewhere in the WHL, Brycen Martin logged a plus-one rating as Swift Current blanked Eastern Conference leaders Brandon 5-0. Martin, who has eight assists through 24 games, will continue hunting for his first goal of the season on Friday when the Broncos visit Prince Albert. 
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Ullmark excellent, Possler scores in MODO loss

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 11/18/2014

In Tuesday action, Linus Ullmark posted an impressive 46-save performance as visiting MODO surrendered a 5-3 defeat to the Vaxjo Lakers. Gustav Possler scored for the second straight game, but MODO dropped their third decision in a row.

Vaxjo had a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, but MODO clawed their way back, topped with Possler's tally at 6:00 of the third period on a pretty play that saw him knock a pass down out of the air and streak in for the deke and finish. The goal gives him an even 10 points (5+5) in 19 appearances.

Vaxjo would regain the lead eight minutes later and add another to close the game out.

Ullmark was under siege all game as Vaxjo fired 51 shots on goal, including a 27-shot barrage in the middle frame. Several key saves were made, including one below that saw him quickly get set to challenge with his glove, but defensive breakdowns continued to plague MODO. Ullmark was excellent in keeping the score manageable, but the result moves him to 5-8 on the year with a 3.93 GAA and .882 save%. Meanwhile, MODO has just six wins in 21 games to rank 11th in the 12-team SHL.

Victor Olofsson played just 5:01 in the loss. It is unknown if an injury contributed to his second lowest workload of the season.

MODO gets back to work Thursday versus Linkoping HC.

Elsewhere, Jonas Johansson  served as backup as Brynas IF dominated Lulea HF 7-2. Johansson, who has been shuttling between Brynas' SHL club and their J20 entry, will look for his second big league start of the season on Thursday versus Orebro HK.

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11/16 Recap: Baptiste connects

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, November 16, 2014 | 11/16/2014

In Sunday junior action, Nick Baptiste scored his sixth goal of the year but was stopped in his shootout attempt as Sudbury defeated Kitchener 3-2. Baptiste's goal gives him an even 10 points in his first 10 games of the season. Justin Bailey picked up an assist and a shootout goal for the Rangers to push his team-leading line to 14-15-29 through 19 appearances.

Sudbury is at North Bay on Thursday. The Rangers, who have now earned at least one point in their last 15 games, are off until Friday when they host Windsor.

In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek produced one shot on goal as Gatineau edged Sherbrooke 1-0. The Czech winger has produced 15 points (6+9) in 21 games, but has yet to put together a consistent offensive stretch. Gatineau hits the road Friday for a meeting at Blainville-Boisbriand.

In WHL action, Brycen Martin finished with an even rating and a tripping minor in Swift Current's 2-1 victory over Seattle. Martin has gathered eight points (0+8) and a plus-two rating through 23 games. His longest stretch without a goal last season lasted 21 games. The Broncos host Brandon on Wednesday.

In Sweden, Jonas Johansson made 25 saves as Brynas J20 edged Skelleftea AIK 2-1. The victory moves Johansson's J20 record to 2-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .902 save%.


From earlier: Jake McCabe scored his first professional goal in the Amerks' loss at Hamilton.

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McCabe gets first as Amerks fall in overtime

The Rochester Americans gave up four first-period goals for the second straight night, but clawed their way back in a 5-4 overtime loss at Hamilton. Luke Adam scored the Amerks lone goal of the first period. Matt Ellis, Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe connected in the middle period to make it a game. McCabe's marker was his first as a professional.

Adam got the Amerks on the board with his seventh of the year at 9:18 with a nice finish of a Matt Ellis feed at the goal mouth. Tim Schaller earned the second helper on the play.

The Bulldogs would take over from there, beating Andrey Makarov four times including twice on the power play to take a three-goal into the first intermission. Rene Bourque, Jacob de la Rose, Greg Pateryn and Gabriel Dumont scored the Hamilton goals. Sven Andrighetto collected assists on three of the four.

The Amerks would get it together with three unanswered goals in the middle frame to set the stage for an exciting finish.

Ellis picked up his second point of the night when he buried a power play marker at 6:55. Mikhail Grigorenko snapped a four-game funk with an assist on the play. Joel Armia earned the other helper.

The Amerks continued their climb at 11:32 when Ruhwedel stepped into a one-timer for his fourth goal of the year. The Amerks second power play goal of the afternoon was assisted by Adam and Johan Larsson.

Five minutes later, McCabe stepped into the slot for his first professional goal to tie the game. Larsson dug out a puck out of a corner scrum and quickly sent it to McCabe, who made a nice read on the play to slide into scoring position for the clear shot.

The Amerks carried their momentum in third period, out-shooting the Bulldogs by a 16-11 margin, but the teams were unable to light the lamp.

The Bulldogs iced the victory when T.J. Hensick beat Makarov cleanly from the high slot at 2:28 of the overtime period to send the Amerks to their seventh loss in their last eight games.

Makarov settled down after the opening period barrage, finishing with 31 saves on 36 shots to move to 4-4-1 on the year.

Rochester played without fourth-line forward Daniel Catenacci, who earlier in the day was handed a two-game suspension for a boarding incident on Friday's victory over Toronto.

The Amerks are back in action Friday when they host the Utica Comets at Blue Cross Arena.
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