Amerks Crunch Syracuse in Dramatic Fashion

The Rochester Americans ended a four-game losing streak and earned their second home win of the season with a 5-4 win over the visiting Syracuse Crunch.

The Amerks power play clicked in the third period to help overcome a two-goal deficit. Evgeny Dadonov scored the game winner, the third goal for the Amerks in a span of 52 seconds.

Rochester now stands 9-10-1-0 for the season with the Crunch coming in at 6-8-1-3.

Chris Taylor led the Amerks attack tonight along with Mike Kosta and Dadonov. The trio contributed four of the five Rochester goals. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves on 28 shots to earn his seventh win this season.

The Crunch were led by former Amerk Nathan Paetsch, while Maxine Macenauer and Kyle Palmieri also scored for Syracuse. Goalie Jean-Phillippe Levasseur managed to stop 33 of the 38 shots by the home team.

The Amerks scored first at 14:47 on PJ Fenton’s first goal of the season as he beat Levasseur on the rebound of a Kosta shot. The second assist went to rookie Micheal Dubuc who took a shot right off the faceoff.  It was also Dubac’s first point as an Amerk. The Crunch tied the game just 15 seconds later on a goal by Macenauer with Paetsch and Newton earning assists on the play.

Syracuse took the lead in the final minute of the second period when Macenauer returned the favor and set up Paetsch to make it  2-1 Syracuse after two periods.

Palmieri made it 3-1 Crunch early in the third period on a shot from the point but Taylor kept Rochester in the game when he scored off a nice pass by Baier to make it 3-2. It was Taylor’s 135th goal with the Amerks, placing him 11th on the the team’s all-time goal scoring list.

The Crunch extended their lead to 4-2 when Paetsch scored his second of the game with assists by Deschamps and Lavasseurs.

Three successive penalties by the Crunch hooking, slashing and delay of game gave Rochester an extended power play and a chance to get back into the game. The Amerks pulled to within one goal 52 seconds into the power play with 7:20 remaining in the third period on Dadonov’s goal. Taylor and Clay Wilson picked up the assists giving Taylor 300 career assists with Rochester.

Kosta tied it for Rochester just 18 seconds later, set up  by Wilson and Taylor. Dadonov put the Americans ahead to stay 34 seconds after that to give Rochester three power play goals in just 52 seconds and an inspiring come from behind victory.

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