Larsson three-pointer not enough for Amerks

In Saturday AHL action, Johan Larsson notched a goal and two assists as Rochester saw their three-game winning streak halted with a 7-3 loss at Adirondack. Larsson has recorded multiple points in three of the Amerks' six games for a total of eight (3+5) on the year. Luke Adam and Tim Schaller picked up pairs of assists in the loss.

Nathan Lieuwen reclaimed the net following a solid Friday performance from Andrey Makarov, stopping 18 of 23 shots before being relieved by the Russian midway through the middle frame. Makarov stopped 16 of 18 shots the rest of the way.

Garnet Hathaway parked at the doorstep and tipped a Ryan Culkin shot past Lieuwen at 18:20 of the opening period to give the Flames the 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

The Amerks would get on the board when Larsson finished off a nice passing play at 4:14 of the middle period for his third goal of the year. Schaller earned the primary assist to give him points in three straight games. Adam snapped a two-game funk with the secondary helper.



The game would be tied for less than minute, though, as Mathieu Tousignant capitalized on a Mark Pysyk giveaway right in front of Lieuwen to put the Flames ahead 2-1.


Adirondack took control from there, swarming to three goals from Byyce Van Brabant, Tyler Wotherspoon and Michael Ferland in the next six minutes to chase Lieuwen from the cage.

Chad Ruhwedel would get one back for the Amerks at 12:18. Larsson and Adam picked up assists on the power play tally for their second points of the night.

The Flames extended the lead with third-period goals from Yale product Kenny Agostino and Culkin before Zac Dalpe connected for his second of the year at 8:16 to make it a 7-3 final. Schaller and Larsson were credited with the helpers.



Before the final horn, Jerome Leduc dropped the gloves with Turner Elson for the game's only tilt.



The Amerks return to the ice Wednesday when they face Hamilton at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
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