The Buffalo Sabres' intentions for defenseman Lawrence Pilut seem clear going forward after the American Hockey League announced Wednesday that Pilut is "unavailable" for this weekend's AHL All-Star Game in Ontario, Calif., and will be replaced by Syracuse's Cameron Gaunce.
The festivities out West are Sunday and Monday. The Sabres return to practice Monday morning in LECOM Harborcenter and resume play Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators in KeyBank Center.
Buffalo assigned Pilut, 24, to Rochester to continue playing over the break and the Amerks have three games, beginning with Wednesday night's win over Cleveland. He's then almost certain to return to his regular spot on the Buffalo blueline and the team wants him here for practice to prepare for the post-break portion of the season.
Pilut has no points in his six games with the Sabres this season, while averaging 16:39 of ice time. He has a minus-2 rating and a Corsi rating of 37.9% at even strength. He has five goals and 16 assists in 29 games for Rochester.
Pilut scored the winning goal at 3:24 of overtime to end the Americans’ seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Monsters at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland.
Casey Mittelstadt, who scored his fifth goal of the season for Rochester earlier in the game, assisted on the winner.
It was the Amerks’ first win since 4-3 overtime victory at Belleville on Jan. 3.
Scott Wilson and Rasmus Asplund, who were sent down for the break with Pilut, played in Wednesday’s victory. Wilson had four shots on goal and Asplund one.
Remi Elie’s fifth goal of the season and Mittelstadt’s unassisted score gave Rochester a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Ryan MacInnis scored his sixth of the season short-handed in the second period and Marko Dano tied it at 6:27 of the third with MacInnis assisting.
Mittelstadt had seven shots on goal in his 15th game for Rochester and was a plus-two for the game. Overall he has five goals and four assists for Rochester and is a minus-seven.
Jonas Johansson had 23 saves in goal for Rochester. Veini Vehvilainen of the Monsters had 25 stops.
Pilut was named the game’s first star. Elie was the second and MacInnis the third.