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Smith's OT winner completes Amerks comeback

The Rochester Americans overcame a 2-0 deficit late in the third period to earn a 3-2 overtime win at the Utica Comets Saturday night and pick up at least a point for the 17th time in the last 19 games dating back to Nov. 1.

C.J. Smith completed the comeback effort with his 10th goal of the season just 17 seconds into the extra period on a breakaway. The rookie also assisted on both Rochester goals during regulation, giving him 20 assists and 30 points through 28 games. He leads the Amerks in goals and assists and is the top rookie scorer in the AHL.

Utica’s Michael Carcone opened the scoring 7:16 into second period with assists going to Cole Cassels and Patrick Wiercioch. Cassels made it 2-0 4:51 into the third on an unassisted goal.

Rochester’s Sahir Gill tapped in a feed from Smith in front of the net while on the power play to put the Amerks on the board with 6:33 to go. Stuart Percy had the secondary helper on the play.

Nicholas Baptiste converted on a loose puck in front of the net to tie it up with 2:52 left on his fifth goal of the season. Assists went to Smith and Kyle Criscuolo.

Cruscuolo and Brendan Guhle picked up the assists on Smith’s overtime winner.

Backup goaltender Adam Wilcox made 31 saves to earn his fourth win in his 11th game played this season.

Rochester had 30 shots on goal and went 1-for-6 on the power play. The Comets didn’t score during three attempts on the man advantage.

Gill is currently second on the team in points with seven goals and 12 assists.

Rochester improved to 3-2-1-1 against Utica this season.

A 10-game point streak by the Amerks was snapped on Friday with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies.

The Amerks (16-6-3-3) return home on Wednesday to host the Belleville Senators at 7:05 p.m.

They then head to Laval for back-to-back games against the Rocket on Dec. 22 and 23 before heading into the Christmas break.

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