The Rochester Americans ended a three-game losing streak, two on shootouts to Utica, with a 4-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday night. It was the first of a two-game weekend series between the American Hockey League teams.
Eric Cornel and Kyle Criscuolo scored first-period goals for the Amerks. It was Cornel’s fourth and Criscuolo’s 10th of the season.
Sean Malone of the Amerks scored at 15:47 of the middle period to make it 3-0 before Lucas Wallmark got his 10th for the Charlotte goal.
Jeremy Smith scored his 14th for Rochester, getting an empty-net tally with 1:47 left in the third period.
The Amerks and Checkers will play again Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rochester then will head off to Ontario for games at Toronto on Friday and Belleville on Saturday.
It was only the second meeting between Rochester and Charlotte and it was the Amerks’ first visit to Bojangles. Charlotte defeated Rochester, 5-2, at Blue Cross Arena in October.
Adam Wilcox was in goal for Rochester and made 23 saves. Jeremy Smith made 21 stops for Charlotte.
Charlotte played in an empty arena in its previous game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday. The game was not open to the public because of six inches of snow in the Charlotte area. The Checkers won the game, 4-3, their second in a row over Bridgeport.
Rochester (23-9-4-5) has only two regulation losses on the road this season. The Amerks are 13-2-4-3 away from Blue Cross Arena.