Amerks head home in a 2-0 series hole

Rochester faces elimination to Syracuse on Wednesday

Paul Hamilton
April 21, 2018 - 10:09 pm

Photo courtesy of Micheline Michaelina (@MiMiV4682)

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(WGR 550) - The Amerks go home and face elimination after losing in Syracuse on Saturday 6-5. The Crunch leads the best-of-five series 2-0.

Linus Ullmark has had a nightmare series so far. He allowed five goals on 33 shots in Game 1 and six goals on 22 shots in Game 2, but if you watch the Syracuse goals, one, maybe two of the 11 goals scored would be on him. The defensive coverage in both games hasn't just been bad, it's been horrendous. He's constantly screened and twice, both defensemen got caught in the corner. 

Rochester made a good comeback to get back into the game, but couldn’t get the equalizer in the last 13:02 of the game.

Syracuse had a 4-1 second period lead, but a shorthanded goal by Justin Bailey and an even strength goal by Stuart Percy just 52-seconds later made it 4-3.

The third period was wild as Syracuse made it 5-3 at 4:52, Kevin Porter made it 5-4 at 5:22, Alexander Volkov scored again at 5:59, but Nick Baptiste made it 6-5 at 6:58.

Brendan Guhle played with Casey Nelson in Game 1 and both were minus-2. Chris Taylor told reporters that Nelson missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury, but Guhle and Taylor Fedun were minus-3 in Game 2. Hudson Fasching was also a healthy scratch. 

On Saturday, Porter and Colin Blackwell both had a goal and an assist.

In two games, Seth Griffith has three assists while C.J. Smith has no goals and two assists.

In this game, Matthew Peca had a goal and three assists, giving him five points in two games for Syracuse.

Crunch and former Sabre defenseman Jamie McBain has a goal and three assists in the series.

Game 3 is in Rochester on Wednesday, and if the Amerks win, they’ll host Game 4 on Friday.

In Turner Cup action on Saturday, Sabres affiliate Cincinnati lost at home to Fort Wayne 2-1 and now trail three games to one. Jonas Johansson made 36 saves, giving the 22-year-old goaltender a series save percentage of .929. Johansson made 45 saves in a Game 3, 7-6 overtime win. He stopped 68 pucks in a Game 1 double-overtime loss.

The Sabres took Johansson in the third round of the 2014 Entry Draft.

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