Amerks Fall to Crunch, Lose Third Straight

The Amerks lost there third straight game against the Syracuse Crunch by the final score of 3-1 in Syracuse.  Randy Cunneyworth is still looking for win #300 and is probably hoping for it by the end of the season.  The only odd thing to report about the game is that during the first period apparently the Amerks consistently had a player at center ice trying to cherry pick.  It didn’t work.

I wasn’t able to listen or watch the game because all of the internet feeds of the game seemed to be down tonight (B2 Networks & Radio), and oddly enough I couldn’t find an AM radio in the house.

So, here’s the report –

The Rochester Americans lost their third straight contest tonight, falling 3-1 to the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial at Oncenter. With the loss, Rochester has now fallen to 2-5-0-1 against the Crunch and 17-36-4-4 this season.

Syracuse used three different goal scorers in Clay Wilson, Adam Pineault and Joakim Lindstrom to provide the scoring for the Crunch while Rochester’s lone goal came from the stick of defenseman Martin Lojek.

Adam Dennis recorded a 22-save effort in the loss as Syracuse’s Karl Goehring notched 26 saves between the pipes for the win to earn first star accolades.

After a scoreless opening period, Wilson scored the game’s first goal at 6:23 of the second period to give the Crunch a 1-0 lead. Pineault and Lindstrom each received assists on the play.

Syracuse took a 2-0 lead as Lindstrom struck less than 30 seconds later on the power play to record his team lead 22nd goal of the season.

The Amerks finally responded as Lojek netted his fourth tally of the year to cut the Crunch lead in half. Dylan Hunter and first-year man Marc-Andre Gragnani were each credited with assists on the goal. With the assist, Gragnani extended his current point streak to nine games (3+7). His 36 points (7+29) currently ranks him second on the team and eighth among league rookies. His 29 assists are also a team best.

Pineault secured the win for Syracuse with his shorthanded marker at 2:52 of the final stanza.

The weekend continues Sunday, March 2nd, as Rochester plays host to the Iowa Stars. The Amerks, who dropped a 4-2 decision in their last meeting with Iowa on January 21st, aim to settle the score in the second and final game between the two teams this season. The 6:05 p.m. contest can be heard live on Hot Talk 1280 WHTK, and B2 networks and it will also be televised tape delayed on Time Warner SportsNet Channel 26.

Sunday’s contest falls on AAA night. Anyone who is a AAA member can show their membership card to The Blue Cross Arena Box Office and receive 100 End Seating for $10.00 each (Regular $16.00) or 200 End Seating for $10.00 each (Regular $12.00). Sunday is also Supercuts $6.00 Sunday. Kids 12 and under can purchase a $6.00 Sunday ticket in the 100 and 200 end seating areas. Lastly, fans are also invited to head down to The Distillery at 3010 Winton Rd. South to enjoy the official postgame party. Fans can show their guest checks from The Distillery at the BCA Box Office for a $3.00 discount off any 100 or 200 premium Amerks ticket (Regular price $21.00).