AMERKS COME UP SHORT IN 3-1 LOSS TO PHANTOMSNews | 10/23/2011 9:54:56 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
Despite outshooting the opposition 34-16, the Rochester Americans closed out their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the season with a 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday evening at The Blue Cross Arena. The loss extends Rochester’s winless streak to three games as it secured two out of a possible six points on the weekend.
"I thought the guys did a good job in the second and third periods, energy-wise,” said Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston. “I thought the battle level was there; guys don't give up in that room. That's the way we're going to be and that's the identity we're going to have. We have to get better in some areas and one of them is producing offense. We'll get better as a team.”
The lone Rochester goal in the contest came off the stick of Marcus Foligno, with assists going to Brayden McNabb and Colin Stuart. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 14 of 16 shots sent his way by the Phantoms.
The Amerks responded quickly, however, knotting the score at one apiece less than 30 seconds later when Foligno, fresh off a two-game absence, tipped a drive from the left point, courtesy of McNabb, in the slot past Bacashihua.
After neither team was able to find the back of the net for nearly forty minutes of play, the Phantoms doubled their lead to 3-1 with just 3:07 remaining in regulation time. Rinaldo received a centering pass out of the near corner from linemate Garrett Rowe and let a shot go from the left face-off dot that beat MacIntyre to the far side.
Although the Amerks appeared to have drawn back to within one with just over a minute remaining in the game, it was waved off due to contact with the goaltender.