|CHRIS TAYLOR POST-GAME|
|EVAN RODRIGUES POST-GAME|
|HUDSON FASCHING POST-GAME|
|STEVE MOSES POST-GAME|
(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans (10-5-2-1) took an early three-goal lead just 5:18 into Friday night’s contest at The Blue Cross Arena and never looked back on their way to a 10-3 rout over the Binghamton Devils (6-9-2-0) in the first game of a home-and-home series between to the North Division rivals.
The 10-goal outburst was the first time the Amerks scored 10 since Dec. 16, 2006 in a 10-4 win over the Binghamton Senators. Rochester also became the first AHL team to score 10 goals in a game since the Toronto Marlies handed the Amerks a 10-5 loss back on Feb. 27, 2016.
With the win, the Amerks improved to 6-1-2-1 in their last 10 games overall while collecting 19 out of a possible 26 points dating back to Oct. 25. They also hold a record of 6-1-2-1 through their first 10 games in the month of November.
A total of 14 of the 18 Rochester skaters recorded a point led by forward Evan Rodrigues, who collected a career-best four-point night (2+2) while Steve Moses (2+1) and Sahir Gill (0+3) each notched three-point outings to give the Amerks their fourth straight victory on home ice. Hudson Fasching scored twice while Brendan Guhle, Alexander Nylander, C.J. Smith and Sean Malone all provided single tallies. Goaltender Linus Ullmark, who has won eight of his last nine outings, which includes a career-best five-game win-streak over that stretch, improved to 9-3-1 with the win. The reigning Amerks MVP is now tied for the tops in the AHL with nine victories.
Bracken Kearns and Viktor Loov each recorded their third goals of the slate along with an assist for Binghamton while both goaltenders Makenzie Blackwood and Ken Appleby combined for 19 saves in the loss.
The Amerks scored three goals in the opening 5:18 of the game to chase Blackwood from the crease early on as Nylander and Rodrigues added their first markers of the season before Malone slipped a backhanded shot over the glove of the netminder with 14:42 left in the stanza.
“It was an awesome game,” said Fasching. “The fans were into the game as they were loud and it is not that often you get that many goals in a game. As a team, we have a lot of positive energy and are feeling pretty good about our game, but we have to just keep working on getting better and better each day.”
As the first-period horn sounded, the Amerks held a 5-2 lead on the scoreboard and a 17-9 shot advantage. Guhle gave Rochester a three-goal cushion at the 10:44 mark of the middle period, but the Devils added a goal late before the end of the stanza.
“We had great first period, but after the second, despite having the lead, we were not happy how we played,” said Amerks head coach Chris Taylor. “We sort of got away from our game plan during the period, but I was happy the way we came out in the third.”
Carrying a 6-3 lead into the final period, the Amerks scored four goals in a span of 3:14 to make it a 10-3 game.
The same two teams are back in action again on Saturday, Nov. 25 as the home-and-home series shifts to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Puck drop is slated for a 7:05 p.m. and will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.
RCH: Nylander (1), Rodrigues (1, 2), Malone (2), Moses (4, 5), Fasching (5, 6), Guhle (4), Smith (5)
BNG: Loov (3), Kearns (3), Quenneville (5)
RCH: Ullmark – 29/32 (W)
BNG: Blackwood – 7/11 | Appleby – 12/18 (L)
RCH: PP (3/4) | PK (3/5)
BNG: PP (2/5) | PK (1/4)