The Rochester Americans had their 12-game road point streak snapped in a 4-0 loss at Syracuse Saturday night.
It’s the third shutout loss for the Amerks this season, the other two coming against Utica on Oct. 13 and Binghamton on Nov. 18. It drops their road record to a league-best 12-2-4-2. No other team has less than three losses away from home.
The Crunch (23-12-1-2) scored once in the first period and three times in the second to extend their winning streak to eight games.
The last three and six of eight games in the series between the teams had been decided by one goal.
The return of Linus Ullmark and Brendan Guhle to the lineup didn’t seem to help the Amerks. They were sent back to the AHL Friday afternoon but were both scratches in Rochester’s 5-2 win over Binghamton that night.
Ullmark made 28 saves Saturday, while Guhle had one of the team’s 27 shots on goal.
At 23-9-4-3, Rochester sits three points behind Toronto for first place in the North Division and Eastern Conference. The Marlies (28-11) won Saturday at Charlotte, 3-1.
Rochester returns to Blue Cross Arena for a Monday afternoon game against Utica at 1:05 p.m. The Amerks complete a home-and-home series against the Comets with a 7 p.m. game Wednesday.