Opening with three games in three nights, the Rochester Americans picked up only one win, their home opener against the Hershey Bears.
But there were bright spots, including the first professional goal of Alexander Nylander, the Sabres top draft choice in 2016.
Nylander scored at 9:34 of the third period on Sunday night in a 6-3 loss to the Syracuse Crunch.
“It felt good to get the first goal out of the way, but we did not get the more important thing done and that was the win,” Nylander said to the Rochester media after the game.
The Amerks opened the season with a 5-4 win over defending Eastern Conference champion Hershey in Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester was led by the line of Cole Schneider, Nick Baptiste and Cal O’Reilly, who combined for eight (four goals, four assists) of the Amerks 15 points, including a four-point night from Schneider. Rookie forward Eric Cornel scored his first professional goal early in the third period which proved the eventual game winner.
But the next two nights were struggles for the Amerks in a home-and-home series with Syracuse. The Crunch won, 4-1, in Syracuse on Saturday and then topped Rochester, 6-3, in Blue Cross Arena on Sunday.
In the two losses, Rochester combined to go 0 for 11 on the power play while Syracuse went 3 for 10.
"We've just got to keep working hard in practice. Get the good habits in," Nylander said when asked about what he learned after opening weekend. "We can't take penalties because that's what's costing us these games. They're scoring on the power play. We won't win games while we're sitting in the box."
The Amerks are home Friday, hosting the Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. then travel to Binghamton to face the Senators on Saturday.
Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) –Picked up an assist in a 3-2 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Has two assists in seven games.
Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – had a three-assist night in a 6-4 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Has six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games.
Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Has one assist and nine penalty minutes in eight games.
Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – Has one goal, 14 shots and 16 penalty minutes in seven games.
Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Leads the Knights with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in six games.
Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Picked up three assists over the weekend, giving him seven points (one goal, six assists) in eight games.
Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Scored a hat trick for the Eagels in an 8-5 win against Wisconsin. Leads the Eagles with six points (four goals, three assists) in four games.
William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Picked up his first point, setting up a first-period goal for the Huskies in a 6-4 loss to Minnesota State.
Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – Has one assist in his first two games of the season.
Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Picked up an assist in an 8-5 win at Wisconsin, his first point of the season.
Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – The senior is a minus-1 with four shots in his first two games.
Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – Last year, he scored 18 points. In four games, the junior already has seven on a goal and six assists.
Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – Enters his senior season at Harvard with 57 career points (24 goals, 33 assists) in 79 career games for the Crimson.
Philip Nyberg (Wisconsin, defenseman) – The native of Sweden had a snag in enrolling for the fall semester. A report from the Wisconsin State Journal said he needs to pass the Test for English as a Foreign Language. Nyberg and the school are looking at a second-semester enrollment.
Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Is 3-1-0 with a 2.21 goals against average and a .917 save percentage to start his junior season. Has given up eight goals and made 88 saves.
Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Scored a goal in his second game as the Huskies dropped a 6-4 decision to Minnesota State.
Max Willman (Brown, forward) – the 21-year-old enters his junior season at Brown. He has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 59 career games. He was a fifth-round pick in 2014.
Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has five points (two goals, three assists) in eight games for Farjestad BK.
Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 1.59 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in seven games for Almtuna IS.
Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has two goals in nine games for Frolunda HC.
Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Websites from Sweden say that he has a broken ankle and will be out until Christmas.