Andrew Oglevie notched the game-winning goal as Rochester downed Cleveland, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena.
Oglevie tracked a rebound off the pads of Monsters goalie Matiss Kivlenieks and buried it into the back of the net for the win, his third goal of the season.
It was the seventh game of the Americans’ season that went into extra time. They’ve won four of their last five games and taken nine of 10 possible points.
The victory also locks Rochester (9-3-1-2) in first place in the North Division, one point ahead of Utica.
Lawrence Pilut had a hand in all three of the Amerks’ goals. He tied the game in the second period and had assists on Rochester’s other two scores.
At the other end of the ice, Jonas Johansson made 25 saves in net for the Amerks.
Cleveland drew first blood 11:45 into the game. Zac Dalpe scored his seventh goal of the season to put the Monsters up, 1-0.
Pilut tied the game up at one goal apiece three minutes into the second period. Kevin Porter and Oglevie were credited with the assists.
Jean-Sebastien Dea put Rochester up 2-1 on the power play, shooting from the faceoff circle past Kivlenieks.
Rochester had the chance to do more damage on another man advantage at the end of the period, but Cleveland’s penalty kill held.
The Amerks nearly closed out the visitors, but with 65 seconds to go, Ryan MacInnis found the back of the net over Johansson’s right shoulder and tied the game at two goals each.
While Cleveland had applied a lot of pressure in the third period, it was Rochester that came out hot.
Pilut quickly got the puck to Dea, whose shot bounced away where Oglevie was able to shoot it into the top shelf for the victory.
Rochester is now 27-7-3-3 against Cleveland since 2011.
The Amerks will travel to Utica on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tilt with the second-place Comets.