(St. John’s, NL) – The Rochester Americans could not find their way back from a two-goal deficit in the first period and were unable to generate any offense in what became a 2-0 loss to the St. John’s IceCaps in the second game of a weekend set Saturday at Mile One Centre.
In the final game of the season series between the two clubs, netminder Linus Ullmark recorded 27 saves, and forward Kyle Bonis notched a team-high five shots on goal as Rochester saw its winless streak reach four games.
Charles Hudon and Chris Terry scored just over six minutes apart in the first period to provide all the offense St. John’s needed while rookie goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped all 25 shots he faced to help the IceCaps sweep the weekend. The shutout was Lindgren’s fourth of the season and second in as many weeks against the Amerks dating back to a 3-0 win in Rochester on March 3.
Hudon opened scoring four minutes into the first period, beating Ullmark on a shot from a tough angle that stood as the eventual game-winner. His 23rd goal of the season tied him for first in team scoring, but the title was soon regained by Terry, who blasted home his team-leading 24th goal of the year off a one-timer from the right circle that would seal the 2-0 win.
Both teams held each other scoreless over the final two period despite combining for 37 shots on goal.
The Amerks conclude their three-game Canadian road swing as they visit the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday, March 21 for a North Division showdown at Ricoh Coliseum. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester and also will be also televised live across Canada on TSN.
STJ: Hudon (23), Terry (24)
RCH: Ullmark – 27/29 (L)
STJ: Lindgren – 25/25 (W)
RCH: PP (0/3) / PK (2/3)
STJ: PP (1/3) / PK (3/3)