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Amerks comeback falls short in OT loss

After battling back from a 3-1 third-period deficit, the Rochester Americans dropped a 4-3 overtime decision at Binghamton Saturday night.

It’s the league-leading 20th time the Amerks have played extra hockey this season. They have 11 wins, five shootout losses and now four overtime losses in those games.

Kevin Porter opened the scoring with 1:22 left in the first period when he backhanded a loose puck in front of the net on the power play.

The Devils, who came into the game with the least amount of points in the AHL, evened up the score 1:23 into the second, took a 2-1 lead 8:54 into the middle frame and made it 3-1 4:28 into the third period.

Matt Tennyson responded with his first goal with Rochester 8:54 into the third while on the power play, and Sahir Gill tied it at 3-3 with 5:06 left in regulation. The Amerks were 2 for 4 on the man advantage.

Binghamton scored just 34 seconds into the overtime period.

Backup goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped 31 of 35 shots for the Amerks. He came into Saturday with a 7-1-2 record in his last 10 games, including a season-best three straight wins.

Jonas Johansson, a 2014 third-round draft pick, was recalled from ECHL Cincinnati prior to the game to serve as Wilcox’s backup. Starter Linus Ullmark did not make the trip to Binghamton after taking a hard shot near the shoulder in Friday’s 4-2 loss to league-leading Toronto.

The 22-year-old Johansson made his debut with the Amerks last year, going 3-3-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage in seven games. He is 8-7-1 with a 3.33 GAA and .901 save percentage with the Cyclones this season.

Nicholas Baptiste was sent down from the Sabres Saturday but was not in the lineup against the Devils.

The Amerks return to Blue Cross Arena Wednesday when they host Belleville at 7:05 p.m.

Rochester then hits the road for a weekend series at Lehigh Valley Saturday and Hershey Sunday.

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