In the penultimate game of the regular season, the Rochester Americans scored a come-from-behind victory that could give them some major mojo heading into the postseason.
After trailing by three, the Amerks scored the final four goals of the game, including three during the third period, to defeat the Belleville Senators, 6-4, in an American Hockey League contest at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
A crowd of 7,846 celebrated with glee after this one.
Kevin Porter’s one-time wrister off a feed from Danny O’Regan with 8:11 left broke a 4-4 tie. Colin Blackwell’s goal later in the period, his 16th of the season, capped the scoring for Rochester, which has won five of its last seven games.
The Amerks close the regular season tonight in Syracuse.
Their playoff opponent and the postseason schedule will be announced Sunday.
The Senators scored the first three goals of the game in just over 10 minutes, but Justin Bailey scored late in the first period to pull the Amerks within two.
He scored his second of the game and ninth of the season just 3:24 into the second period when he pounced on a giveaway and easily wristed a shot into the left corner.
Belleville scored the next goal but broke a cardinal rule by yielding a goal in the final minute of the period. Hudson Fasching scored it with 21 seconds to pull the Amerks within a goal.
Rochester wasted little time tying the game as O’Regan scored nine seconds into the third with Porter and Taylor Fedun earning assists.
Linus Ullmark finished with 26 saves on 30 shots for the Amerks. O’Regan had three points.