(Binghamton, NY) – Despite scoring twice in the third period to fight their way back from a two-goal deficit, the Rochester Americans (25-11-6-5) were unable to complete the comeback against the Binghamton Devils (13-23-6-3), who scored just 34 seconds into overtime to hand the Amerks a 4-3 loss Saturday at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Of Rochester’s 47 games this season, 20 have seen the Amerks play beyond regulation.
Eight different Amerks tallied one point on the evening, with Kevin Porter and Sahir Gill each scoring their 13th goals of the season. Matt Tennyson also netted his first goal as an Amerk to spark the third-period rally and round out the scoring for Rochester, marking his first goal since Nov. 11 of last season. Adam Wilcox stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the overtime loss, which halted a three-game win streak but extended his personal point streak to a season-long four straight games, going 3-0-1 over that span.
Blake Pietila tallied his first three-point night of the season, notching one goal and two assists to lead the hometown Devils, while 2018 AHL All-Star selection Jacob MacDonald scored his third game-winning goal of the year behind a 27-save effort from goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. The netminder would also earn an assist on Binghamton’s first goal of the game.
Porter opened scoring on the night after Blake Speers got sent to the box for high sticking, giving the Amerks the man-advantage. Porter’s initial bid from the corner was denied by Blackwood but the loose puck ended up in the crease. After a net-front scramble, Porter picked up his own rebound with a backhand sweep into the net for his 13th goal of the season to put Rochester up 1-0.
Less than a minute and a half into the sandwich stanza, a long stretch pass to Pietila gave him a breakaway opportunity, but instead of driving to the net, he sent a wrist shot from the blueline that handcuffed Wilcox to make it a 1-1 game.
Binghamton grabbed its first lead of the night halfway through the second period. Just 11 seconds into the power-play, Nathan Bastian released a shot from the left-wing side that was kicked away by Wilcox, but the puck trickled behind him and out of sight. Viktor Loov, stationed off the right post, flicked the loose puck into the net.
The Devils widened the gap with their third unanswered tally 4:28 into the third period to increase their lead by a pair. Nick Lappin lobbed the puck to the net, which again was denied by Wilcox, but Speers was finally able to sneak it past the Rochester netminder on the third attempt.
Rochester mounted its comeback with a power-play goal from Tennyson at 8:54 of the third period. With Jake Walman in the box for slashing, Tennyson stepped into a drop-pass from Taylor Fedun at the right point that found its way through traffic before deflecting off Blackwood’s stick and in for the defenseman’s first goal of the season and first as an Amerk.
Down one goal with five minutes left in regulation, Gill flew down the ice with the puck and threw a shot on net. The puck pinballed in front of the Binghamton net before Gill was able to corral it and flip a shot under the crossbar, tying the game again and forcing overtime.
Just 34 seconds into the extra frame, former Amerk Tim Kennedy dropped the puck into Wilcox’s pads and MacDonald converted on the rebound to seal the 4-3 win for Binghamton.
Rochester returns home to The Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 7 as they host the Belleville Senators at 7:05 p.m. for the fifth of eight scheduled meetings between the two North Division foes. The contest can be heard live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.
RCH: Porter (13), Tennyson (1), Gill (13)
BNG: Pietila (7), Loov (5), Speers (5), MacDonald (14, OT GWG)
RCH: Wilcox – 31/35 (OTL)
BNG: Blackwood – 27/30 (W)
RCH: PP (2/4) | PK (2/3)
BNG: PP (1/3) | PK (2/4)