12/13 Recap: Amerks end slide; Peterson gets first

Chad Ruhwedel went high stick side for the overtime winner Saturday as Rochester ended their six-game slump with a 4-3 victory over Hamilton. Andrey Makarov made 31 saves to improve to 7-7-1 on the year. Johan Larsson posted three assists for the Amerks while Mikhail Grigorenko added a pair of helpers.

Phil Varone scored for the second straight night when he buried a backhand to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead at 6:29 of the opening period. Just as they did on Friday, Larsson and Grigorenko earned the assists on the Varone marker as Rochester scored the opening for the first time in 10 games.

After the Bulldogs ripped off the next three goals. Luke Adam answered back at 4:07 of the middle frame when he jammed a puck over the line to make it a 3-2 score at the second intermission.

Rochester tied the game at 6:06 of the third period while on the power play when Zac Dalpe tipped a Jake McCabe point shot for his fifth goal of the year. Larsson got the puck back to McCabe for a secondary helper on the play.

In overtime, it was again Grigorenko and Larsson providing work leading to Ruhwedel snapping his 10-game goal drought with the winner.

The Amerks are back at it Wednesday at home versus Syracuse.


Justin Bailey flipped a puck to the net from beneath the goal line to get his 17th goal of the year as Kitchener dropped a 6-2 decision to Barrie. Brendan Lemieux was unable to get on the board for the Colts, leaving him with 19 goals through 25 games. Barrie is back in action Sunday versus Mississauga. The Rangers next host London on Tuesday.

Eric Cornel (-2) scored a shootout marker as Peterborough snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Sarnia. Cornel is tied for second in team scoring with 26 points (8+18) in 28 games heading into the Petes' Sunday tilt in London.


Judd Peterson scored his first-ever NCAA goal as St. Cloud State dropped a 5-3 decision to Nebraska-Omaha. The freshman forward gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead at 11:28 of the opening period when he snagged a puck off the glass and quickly fired a shot for an unassisted marker. Peterson has collected three points (1+2) in his first 16 games as a collegian for the Huskies, who are off until January 2 when they host Quinnipiac.

J.T. Compher (-1) recorded five shots on goal as Michigan was upended by Boston College 5-1. Compher, who has produced 11 points (3+8) in 15 games with the Wolverines, will remain in Boston for the start of Team USA's World Junior training camp on Tuesday. His USA teammate Thatcher Demko (VAN) stopped 41 shots to guide Boston College to the victory.


Christopher Brown notched an empty-net goal and an assist as Green Bay doubled Chicago 4-2. Brown's multiple-point night, his fourth of the year, ups his team-leading totals to 10 goals and 11 assists through 24 contests. The Gamblers play their final game before the break on Friday when they welcome Dubuque to the Resch Center.


Gustav Possler notched three shots and Victor Olofsson skated for 12:40 in his final game before leaving to join Sweden's national junior team as MODO downed Linkpoing HC 2-1 in overtime. Linus Ullmark served as backup for MODO, who heads to the holiday break tied for last-place in the 12-team league. MODO resumes the schedule Friday, Dec. 26 versus Vaxjo.

Team Canada Selection camp

Canada took down the CIS All-Stars 10-3 in a World Junior Selection Camp scrimmage. Nicholas Baptiste did not score while skating on an all-OHL line with Remi Elie (Belleville/DAL) and Nick Paul (North Bay/OTT). Sam Reinhart along with linemates Max Domi (ARZ) and Anthony Duclair (NYR) were given the night off. The two sides will battle again on Sunday.
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