Recap: Pilut Overtime Goal Leads Amerks to a 7-6 Win

The Rochester Americans scored ten seconds into the third period to tie the game and then had to score with only 12 seconds left in the third period to tie the game again and force overtime. The final score of 7-6 is an obvious sign that this game wasn’t a goalie dual at all. Andrew Hammond was pulled after allowing six goals on 21 shots. Scott Wedgewood was in net for Syracuse and allowed seven goals on 28 shots.

It was a big game for JS Dea and Curtis Lazar. They both scored two goals, had two assists. One of those assists for each was on the overtime winner scored by Lawrence Pilut.

In the second period Rochester scored twice within 21 seconds and then Syracuse scored twice within 65 seconds. Syracuse had another quick burst in the third period by scoring two goals in a 77 second span.

After Syracuse scored their sixth goal at 7:28 of the third period they didn’t have another shot in regulation. Johansson finished the game with the win making three saves on three shots in overtime. The Amerks defense struggled throughout the game but shut down the Crunch at the right time.

Here’s how the game evolved..

First Period

The teams traded power play goals in an evenly paced first period. Gemel Smith scored at 6:33 for Syracuse and Curtis Lazar scored at 13:39 for Rochester. Syracuse finished with a 8-5 advantage in shots. Smith made his goal look easy skating in on Brandon Hickey and Will Borgen and then scoring five hole.

Curtis Lazar scored his first goal of the season off a cross ice pass from Lawrence Pilut. Secondary assist to CJ Smith.

Second Period

Goals, goals, and more goals in the second period. A total of five scored between the two teams. Boris Katchouk scored at 4:51 of the second to put Syracuse up 2-1. Rochester answered back with two goals in 21 seconds when Casey Fitzgerald and Sean Malone scored. The two goals forced Syracuse to use a rare second period timeout. It appeared to work. Less than two minutes later the Crunch tallied two goals in 65 seconds by Ben Thomas and Cory Conacher.

Casey Fitzgerald scored off a great pass from Curtis Lazar on the two on one rush.

Sean Malones goal was scored by taking a beating in front of the net and holding his ground to tap in the loose puck.

Syracuse scored off a combination of bad defensive plays and a screen.

Third Period

Another 20 minutes of hockey with five goals scored. This game wasn’t a goalie dual in any way.

It only took ten seconds into the third for JS Dea to score and tie the game 4-4. Scott Wilson and Curtis Lazar provided some great pressure on the Crunch which forced a turnover and the opportunity for JS Dea to score.

Tyler Randell took a roughing penalty going after Daniel Walcott which provided Syracuse with a power play opportunity and they put it to good use. Alex Barre-Boulet scored with a rocket of a shot over the right shoulder of Andrew Hammond. Similar to the second period it didn’t take long for Syracuse to score another one. Gemel Smith scored his second of the game just 77 seconds later to take a 6-4 lead.

Hammond was taken out of the game, second time in three games, and replaced by Jonas Johansson who finished with three saves on three shots faced.

Rochester had some fight left in them and Casey Fitzgerald earned himself a Gordie Howe hat trick when he dropped the gloves with Mitchell Stephens. The Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal, assist, and a fight.

Curtis Lazar scored his second of the game with 6:45 remaining on the power play with what looked like a simple shot towards the net and the puck found it’s way through a crowd.

Rochester pulled Johansson with 87 seconds left in regulation, 40 seconds of that on the power play, and didn’t stop forcing attempts in the Syracuse end. JS Dea scored his second of the period with just 12 seconds left on the clock to tie the game up at six. Assists to Lawrence Pilut and Scott Wilson on the game tying goal.


This was the fourth overtime game in eight games played for Rochester and it was also their third win.

Lawrence Pilut scored at 4:20 of the overtime session off a pass from JS Dea to finish the comeback win. Curtis Lazar earned the secondary assist.

Final thoughts:

It wasn’t pretty. The goaltending by Hammond was rough and so was the defense. Two rough games out of three will be something to watch moving forward. At the other end of the ice Scott Wedgewood had a rough game for Syracuse as well.

Big nights from the players expected to score is what helped.

Four point nights for Curtis Lazar (2G+2A) and JS Dea (2G+2A). Three point night for Lawrence Pilut (1G+2A). Two point night for Scott Wilson (2A), Casey Fitzgerald (1G+1A), and CJ Smith (2A).

Through eight games this season the Amerks are 5-2-0-1. Through eight games last season they were 5-2-1-0. Last season felt like a hotter start but wins are wins and they’re identical so far.

Three power play goals in two games is a big step in fixing an aspect of the Amerks game that had struggled through the first six games of the season.

Will Borgen didn’t board the bus to Springfield which likely means he’ll get called up to the Sabres again.

Here’s the final shot/goal chart. It wasn’t updated by period on the AHL web site.

Starting Lines:

Wilson, Dea, Lazar
CJ Smith, Porter, Oglevie
Malone, Asplund, Thompson
Murray, Burton, Randell

Bryson, Redmond
Fitzgerald, Pilut
Hickey, Borgen


[ Starting Lines by Game which also shows scratches and injured players ]

Box Score:

Rochester Americans 7 (OT) at Syracuse Crunch 6 – Status: Unofficial Final
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

Rochester 1 2 3 1 – 7
Syracuse 1 3 2 0 – 6

1st Period-1, Syracuse, Smith 1 (Foote, Wedgewood), 6:33 (PP). 2, Rochester, Lazar 1 (Pilut, C. Smith), 13:39 (PP). Penalties-Redmond Roc (slashing), 4:49; Abbandonato Syr (tripping), 12:07; Volkov Syr (tripping), 13:29.

2nd Period-3, Syracuse, Katchouk 1 (Colton, Schenn), 4:51. 4, Rochester, Fitzgerald 1 (Lazar, Dea), 11:22. 5, Rochester, Malone 2 (Fitzgerald, Asplund), 11:43. 6, Syracuse, Thomas 1 (Volkov, Smith), 13:20. 7, Syracuse, Conacher 3 (Gaunce, Schenn), 14:25. Penalties-Yan Syr (roughing), 7:34.

3rd Period-8, Rochester, Dea 3 (Wilson), 0:10. 9, Syracuse, Barre-Boulet 4 (Gaunce, Mueller), 6:11 (PP). 10, Syracuse, Smith 2 (Valleau), 7:28. 11, Rochester, Lazar 2 (C. Smith, Redmond), 13:15 (PP). 12, Rochester, Dea 4 (Pilut, Wilson), 19:48. Penalties-Randell Roc (roughing), 6:07; Fitzgerald Roc (fighting), 10:07; Randell Roc (roughing), 10:07; Stephens Syr (fighting), 10:07; Masin Syr (hooking), 13:01; Volkov Syr (holding), 17:13.

OT Period-13, Rochester, Pilut 1 (Dea, Lazar), 4:20. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Rochester 5-7-15-1-28. Syracuse 8-6-7-3-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 2 / 5; Syracuse 2 / 3.
Goalies-Rochester, Hammond 3-1-1 (21 shots-15 saves); Johansson 2-1-0 (3 shots-3 saves). Syracuse, Wedgewood 1-1-1 (28 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Andrew Howard (50), Ian McCambridge (52).
Linesmen-Adam Tobias (29), Jim Harper (59).