Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored the game’s first goal in the second period, but the Rochester Americans responded with four goals in the middle frame during a 5-2 win at the home of the Penguins Saturday.
This was a nice start to a four-game, eight-day road trip for the Amerks (12-5-3-2). Wilkes-Barre (13-5-0-1) is the top team in the Atlantic Division in terms of points percentage.
Rochester, which sits at No. 2 behind Toronto in the North Divison, heads to Hartford for a 7:30 p.m. game tonight and then plays at Bridgeport Sunday at 3 p.m.
After a scoreless first period, the Penguins scored 3:30 into the second.
Eric Cornel scored his third of season 5:20 later to tie it up with assists going to Nick Baptiste and Colin Blackwell. Evan Rodrigues gave the Amerks a 2-1 lead with 9:40 to play. Seth Griffith and C.J. Smith had helpers on the goal.
Garrett Ross scored his third goal in as many games to make it 3-1. Assists went to Adam Krause and Brendan Guhle. Rodrigues scored his second of the game on the power play with 1:41 left in the period to push the lead to 4-1. Smith and Stuart Percy had the helpers.
Rochester outshot Wilkes-Barre 19-7 in the second period and 37-24 for the game.
In the third period, the Penguins cut it to 4-2 with 5:31 to go. Smith added an empty-netter for Rochester with 56 seconds left. Rodrigues and Casey Nelson recorded the assists.
Smith leads the Amerks with in both goals (seven) and assists (16) in 22 games this season. His three points Saturday gives him 12 points over his last eight games.
Since returning from injury, Rodrigues has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in eight games.
Linus Ullmark saved 22 shots to continue his stellar 2017-18 campaign. The Swedish netminder picked up his ninth win in the last 11 starts.