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Jacob Bryson notched the game-winning goal with 4:29 left in overtime to lift Rochester to a 3-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena. Bryson was set up by Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Asplund. He finished off a rebound from the crease. After being held scoreless in his first 51 games with Rochester, Bryson has two goals in …

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The Sabres signed Amerks winger Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000. Amerks General Manager Randy Sexton said Leier, who inked a one-year AHL deal after tearing his labrum last May, would have received an NHL contract last offseason if he had remained healthy. Shortly after his season debut Dec. 11, Leier, 26, scored five goals over a four-gam…

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Kellen Paetsch was at hockey practice last week when he learned his father, Amerks veteran Nathan Paetsch, had scored his first goal and fulfilled a promise. “He freaked out. He’s like, ‘He better have did it, he better have did it!’ ” a smiling Nathan Paetsch said of his son’s reaction. When Kellen, 9, and his mother, Jaclyn, returned home Feb. 5, they pulled up the…

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ROCHESTER – John Gilmour knows he deserved to be a healthy scratch. The high-scoring defenseman’s erratic play made him the Americans’ biggest liability. Gilmour said he wasn’t showcasing much poise, trusting his instincts or moving his feet enough. So last Saturday, hours after a rough outing in the Amerks’ 5-2 home loss to the Syracuse Crunch, coach Chris Taylor be…

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ROCHESTER – Casey Mittelstadt leaned against a wall in a hallway adjacent to the Blue Cross Arena ice, tilted his head toward the Rochester Americans' dressing room and smiled while explaining how he's adjusting to an assignment that came as a surprise. "I've loved it down here," Mittelstadt, a 21-year-old center, said following the morning skate Friday. "I haven’t play…

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Rochester’s offense got off to a sluggish start and couldn’t recover en route to a 5-2 loss at the hands of Syracuse at the Blue Cross Arena. The Americans (27-14-2-4) logged just five shots on goal through the first period and 11 shots on goal through two. The team poured on 14 shots in the third period but only a shot from Jean-Sebastien Dea hit home. Casey Mitt…

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ROCHESTER – Americans General Manger Randy Sexton likes that Buffalo Sabres prospect C.J. Smith feels comfortable engaging in frank conversations about his career. “We know we can always expect a direct and honest response,” Sexton said. “I know he knows, like all of our players, that we care about them as people, as players and that we’re doing everything we can to rea…

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The Rochester Americans won their fourth straight game Friday night, a 4-2 victory over Syracuse at the Blue Cross Arena. Scott Wilson scored twice with C.J. Smith and Casey Mittelstadt rounding out the Amerks’ goals. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was solid in net. He made 31 saves over a full 60 minutes of work. Rochester improved to 24-13-2-4 overall and moved into a tie…

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Domenic Pittis, who will be inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game against the Syracuse Crunch, sounded nostalgic recalling perhaps the wildest day of his 19-year career. On the afternoon of March 28, 1999, Pittis, then 24, made his fourth NHL appearance, skating 12 minutes, 36 seconds in the Sabres’ 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguin…

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Lawrence Pilut is rejoining the Buffalo Sabres after spending one week in Rochester. The 24-year-old defenseman was recalled from the Amerks on Sunday in time to join the Sabres for their first post-All-Star break practice in LECOM Harborcenter. Pilut appeared in only one game with Rochester this past week, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Cleveland on We…

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The Rochester Americans earned back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 13-14 with a 5-2 victory over Laval at the Blue Cross Arena on Friday night. Andrew Oglevie scored twice to lead Rochester (22-13-2-4). Sean Malone, C.J. Smith and Scott Wilson had the Amerks’ remaining goals. Laval’s goals came from Gustav Olofsson and Kevin Lynch. Rochester outshot Laval…

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ROCHESTER – Hours before Americans goalie Jonas Johansson earned his ninth consecutive victory earlier this month, coach Chris Taylor called the Swede into his office and relayed some news. Taylor told Johansson that he had been selected to represent the North Division in the American Hockey League All-Star Classic in Ontario, Calif. “I absolutely had not thought of …

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ROCHESTER – Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund sounded upbeat, almost like he had just been promoted to the NHL, not sent back to the minors. “It feels really, really good to be back,” Asplund said after Tuesday’s practice with the Americans in Blue Cross Arena. “I think I’ve developed a lot here in the last couple months.” Asplund, 22, spent two months in Buffalo, playi…

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As expected, goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL after spending the weekend with the Rochester Americans. Luukkonen made 24 saves in his AHL season debut Friday as Rochester was defeated in a shootout by Cleveland, 4-3, Friday night at Blue Cross Arena. Luukkonen made several big saves, including a crucial stop in o…

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ROCHESTER – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen’s season debut with the Americans started slowly. In the opening 15 minutes of Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss, the Cleveland Monsters sprinkled only three shots on the Buffalo Sabres’ top goalie prospect. “It’s tough for a goalie to get into it,” coach Chris Taylor said of Luukkonen, who started his season with the Cincinnati Cyclones aft…