Charlotte's Valentin Zykov scored his second goal of the game and 21st of the season at 1:07 of overtime for a 5-4 victory over the Rochester Americans on Sunday afternoon before 6,757 at Bojangles Arena in Charlotte, N.C. It was the second game of a weekend series in Charlotte between the American Hockey League teams.
Zykov's game winner, which was unassisted, came after Kevin Porter of the Amerks had scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season in the third period to erase a 4-2 Checkers lead. Porter's tying goal came with 2:01 left in regulation. Hudson Fasching, his second of the game, and defenseman Nathan Paetsch assisted on the goal.
Charlotte took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after goals by Andrew Miller and Trevor Carrick. West Seneca native Sean Malone scored his fourth for Rochester, his second tally in two games.
Zykov, 21-year-old right wing from St. Petersburg, Russia, made it 3-1 at 1:16 of the second period and Warren Foegele tallied at 9:16 for a 4-1 lead. Seth Griffith's power-play tally made it 4-2 with 6:18 left in the period.
Linus Ullmark of the Amerks made 23 saves on 28 shots. Alex Nedeljkovic of the Checkers stopped 26 of 30.
Rochester has won 13 of its 23 road games with only two losses in regulation. Sunday's defeat was the fifth in overtime. The Amerks have lost three shootouts.
The Amerks are off until they face the Marlies in Toronto on Friday, in a match of the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the AHL's North Division. Toronto (30-11-0-0) leads with 60 points. Rochester (24-9-5-5) has 58 points. On Saturday, Rochester will play at Belleville, Ont., in its final game before the AHL All-Star game break.