Tage Thompson scored his fourth and fifth goals in only his fifth game with the Rochester Americans on Monday night in a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Monsters before 5,915 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Thompson, who spent most of the season with the Buffalo Sabres, scored the game's first goal at 2:31 of the second period with assists from C.J. Smith and Jack Dougherty.
The former University of Connecticut forward then scored on the power play at 10:34 of the third for a 2-0 Rochester lead. Matt Tennyson, also down from Buffalo, and Wayne Simpson assisted on the goal.
Cleveland closed to within a goal when Mark Letestu scored with 2:56 left in regulation. Derek Barach assisted.
Scott Wedgewood had 36 saves in goal for the Amerks. Brad Thiessen had 24 saves for Cleveland.
The win drew Rochester (45-22-6) within one point of first place Syracuse (45-28-7) in the North Division of the American Hockey League. Syracuse has 97 points and Rochester 96. Each has three games left in the regular season.
Rochester and Syracuse will meet one more time in the regular season, on Saturday night at the OnCenter in Syracuse.
The Amerks received more reinforcements from the Sabres on Monday. Buffalo returned forwards Alexander Nylander and Victor Olofsson, and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to Rochester, where they have spent most of the season before they were called up to Buffalo. None of the three played in Monday night's game, however.