The Rochester Americans’ longest winless streak of the season reached five games Sunday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Hershey Bears in Hershey, Pa. Two of the losses in the five games were in OT.
Joe Whitney scored 1:32 into extra period to give the Bears the victory after Wayne Simpson had scored with 3 seconds left in regulation to tie it for Hershey. Rochester had taken its only lead of the game, 2-1, with 2:37 left in the third period on a goal by Eric Cornel. Kevin Porter assisted.
Riley Barber, who had a three-point game for Hershey as did Whitney, assisted on the game winner along with Aaron Ness.
Barber scored on the power play at 12:24 of the opening period. Rochester tied it on a goal by Seth Griffith at 14:31 of the second with Andrew Macwilliam and Kyle Criscuolo getting the assists.
Hershey outshot the Amerks, 33-24. Linus Ullmark made 30 saves for Rochester. Vitek Vanecek had 22 stops for the Bears.
Rochester (25-13-8-5) will be off until it begins a three-games-in-three nights weekend on Friday when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to Blue Cross Arena. That will be followed by a home-and-home pair against the Binghamton Devils.