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Amerks drop high-scoring overtime battle at Syracuse

The Rochester Americans picked up at least a point for the eighth time in the last nine games with a 6-5 overtime loss at Syracuse on Wednesday.

Nicholas Baptiste had a goal and an assist, and Colin Blackwell picked up a pair of assists for the Amerks (9-5-2-1). Linus Ullmark stopped 43 of 49 shots, while Rochester registered 35 shots on goal.

The Crunch opened the scoring just 1:18 in, but the Amerks responded late in the first period with goals by Zach Redmond and Kevin Porter.

After Syracuse scored first again in the second period, West Seneca’s Sean Malone put Rochester back up one on his first goal of the season. The Crunch responded with two more goals, the second of which was shorthanded, before Baptiste evened the score at 4-4 with 10 seconds to go in the middle frame.

Syracuse scored midway through the third period to regain the lead, and Conor Allen answered nearly 3 minutes later to make it 5-5.

The Crunch’s Dennis Yan scored the game-winning goal 1:48 into overtime. Former Canisius star Cory Conacher had an assist for Syracuse. He currently leads the team with six goals and 13 points.

The Amerks host the Binghamton Devils on Friday and then head to Binghamton for a home-and-home series finale on Saturday. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.

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