12/12 Recap: Amerks get lead but lose again

In Friday action, Johan Larsson and Dan Catenacci scored 1:12 apart in the second period but Rochester continued their recent woes with a 3-2 loss at Hamilton. The goals gave the Amerks their first regulation lead since Nov. 21, a span of nine games. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 21 of 24 shots to move to 3-9 on the year. The Amerks have now won just once in their last nine games.

Larsson, who earned the game's number three star, has seven goals to tie for the team lead. Phil Varone and Mikhail Grigorenko picked up assists on the Larsson marker, while Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe earned helpers on the Catenacci tally.

The Amerks are back in action Saturday when they complete the home-and-home series with the Bulldogs at Blue Cross Arena.


Justin Bailey finished with a minus-two rating as Kitchener was defeated by Sarnia 4-1. After capturing 29 points in his first 19 games, Bailey has gotten on the score sheet just twice in his last nine outings. The Rangers battle Barrie on Saturday.

Jean Dupuy remained out of the lineup due to injury as Sault Ste. Marie got a late goal from Blake Speers ('15) to earn a 3-2 victory over Kingston. The Greyhounds host Windsor on Sunday.


Brycen Martin recorded one assist to extend his point streak to four games as Swift Current was doubled by Brandon 4-2. The Broncos are off until Wednesday when they host Saskatoon.


Judd Peterson contributed two shots on goal as St. Cloud State lost to Nebraska-Omaha 3-2. Petersen collected two points in his first five games, but has since gone without a point in hi last nine. The Huskies and Mavericks close out the 2014 portion of their schedules with a rematch on Saturday.


Christopher Brown posted one shot on goal as Green Bay edged Des Moines 2-1. The Gamblers' leading scorer with 19 points (9+10), Brown has been blanks in two straight games for the first time since late October. Green Bay visits Chicago on Saturday.
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