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Feast turns to famine for Rochester Americans

After putting up 12 goals in a rout of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday, the Rochester Americans couldn’t crack the scoreboard on Saturday.

Bracken Kearns scored at 2:08 of overtime to give the Binghamton Senators a 1-0 win over the Amerks in Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday night.

The Amerks lead the American Hockey League in games that have gone past regulation. This was their 22nd overtime game and ninth since Jan. 1.

It was their eighth overtime loss this season and Rochester slips to 26-13-8-5 overall. The last time Rochester won an overtime game was Jan. 27 when they defeated the Belleville Senators, 4-3.

The Amerks seemed to use up all their offense in the win on Friday. Binghamton held a 33-17 advantage in shots during regulation and Amerks backup goalie Adam Wilcox turned them all aside. Sean Malone, Kevin Porter, and Brendan Guhle each had three shots on goal for Rochester.

It was a stark contract to Friday night when 10 players had multi-point nights in Rochester’s 12-3 win.

But even with the overtime loss, the Amerks still collected a point. And those points are keeping them in the conversation for the AHL playoffs for the first time in three years. The Amerks entered Saturday’s slate of games tied with Utica for second in the North Division and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Rochester has collected at least one point in 35 of its last 44 games dating back to Nov. 1, including 13 of its last 18 games since the turn of the New Year.

In Saturday’s loss, Wilcox finished with 34 saves, including helping Rochester to fight off four Binghamton power plays. The Amerks had the man-advantage only once during the game, at the end of the second period with carry-over time into the third when the Devils were called for too many men on the ice.

Binghamton and Rochester meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday in BlueCross Arena, the final of a three-games-in-three-days stint for the Amerks. They stay home to host Syracuse (Feb. 21) and Toronto (Feb. 23).

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