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Amerks win streak ends at four, lead over Crunch is two points

The Rochester Americans' hold on first place in the North Division of the American Hockey League got a little bit precarious Saturday night.The Amerks lost to the Belleville Senators, 5-3, in Belleville, Ont., while the Syracuse Crunch were picking up a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies in Syracuse.
The results leave the Amerks (33-17-5, 71 points) with a two-point lead over the Crunch (32-16-5). However, Syracuse has two games in hand,

Sean Malone, Andrew Oglevie and Tyler Randell scored for Rochester. However Randell's goal did not come until there was just 10 seconds left in the game. By then, the Senators had taken a 5-2 lead on four straight goals, two each by Darren Archibald and Nick Paul.

Stefan Elliott had the other Belleville goal, tying the game at 5:12 of the second period after Malone's tally at 11:04 of the first with C.J. Smith assisting.
Record-setting defenseman Zach Redmond of the Amerks did not score after getting his 20th and 21st of the season in his first two games back last week. However, he did register his 24 assist on Oglevie's goal in the second period that put Rochester in front, 2-1.
Marcus Hedberg made 34 saves for Belleville. Adam Wilcox has 21 saves for Rochester. Archibald's second goal for the Senators came with Wilcox off for an extra attacker.

Neither side was able capitalize on man- advantage situations in the game. Belleville was 0 for 4 while Rochester was 0 for 3.

The Amerks had an advantage in shots on goal in each period. Overall it was 37-26.

Rochester has three games this week, two with Syracuse. The Amerks will play at Utica on Wednesday before an away-and-home series with the Crunch on Friday and Saturday. Rochester will have three games to play against the rival Crunch after this week.

 

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