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Amerks rookie Lawrence Pilut, who missed two recent games with an upper-body injury, is back in the lineup and picked up where he left off.
Pilut, 22, had three assists in a 4-0 home victory against the Utica Comets on Friday.
He was held without a point in Saturday's 4-1 victory against the Laval Rocket to snap a five-game points streak.
Still, through his first eight AHL appearances, the Swedish defenseman has compiled two goals and a whopping 13 points.
“He just brings a poise to his game,” Amerks coach Chris Taylor said. “He’s confident with what he does. What I like about him is he can recover. Any time he makes a mistake, he’s right there getting back to it. Most guys can’t recover from that.”
Pilut ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring, trailing two teammates – winger Victor Olofsson and Zach Redmond – and Lehigh Valley Phantoms center Phil Varone, a former Amerks star.
Initially, Pilut wanted to battle through the injury, but Taylor said he would rather have Pilut miss a game or two than potentially make the injury worse and miss significant time.
Rochester, which is tied with Milwaukee for the most goals scored in the league with 39, has a home-and-home with Hershey this weekend. The Amerks host Hershey on Friday and travel to Hershey on Saturday. Hershey is 4-6-0-1 on the season.