The Rochester Americans took on the winless Utica Comets saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks ended up with a 6-4 victory despite relinquishing a 4-1 lead over the comets. The Amerks got goals from Luke Adam, Mike Zigomanis (2), Colton Gillies, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, and Alexander Sulzer. The Comets didnt go away easy, Darren Archibald, Colin Stuart, Zach Hamill, and Pascal Pelletier lead the attack for the Comets saturday night.
The Amerks got on the board nearly 3 minutes into the game when Luke Adam took a nice little pass while entering the zone from Mike Zigomanis to go low stick side for and easy goal. Luke Adam’s Positioning has lead to his early success this year and it continued tonight.
Utica tied the game late in the period with a goal by Archibald who had a physical battle with McNabb in front of the net, but he was able to find the loose puck and shoot it past Hackett for game tying goal. Late in the period the Amerks got a lucky break when goalie Joacim Eriksson shot the puck in the stands while on the penalty.
With the Amerks On a 5-3 they took the puck down low where Varone found Mike Zigomanis hanging out in front of the net for an easy tip in. Now with the Amerks on 5-4 Mike Zigomanis went glove side on the breakaway set up by an outlet pass from Sulzer to take a 3-1 lead.
With a 3-1 lead over Utica, Amerks Chad Ruhwedel shot on the power-play was redirected by Gillies for his first goal of the season.
With the Amerks leading 4-1, the Utica Comets took control of the game. They controlled the puck in the Rochester zone for most of the second period. The Comets got on the board when Colin stuart knocked in a bouncing puck and Zach Hamill did the same couple minuets later. Matt Hackett temper got the best of him when he got called for Unsportsmanlike after he took down a Utica player after the goal.
With Utica on the power-play and Nathan Lieuwen in for Matt Hackett, Pascal Pelletier found the back of the net on a beautiful shot to the the far corner of the net.
With the game tied 4-4 the Amerks took a stand and got the go-ahead goal off of Jerome Gauthier-Leduc stick when he took a pass from Mike Zigomanis and shot it passed Joacim Eriksson. The Amerks got one more goal at the end of the game when Alexander Sulzer took a shot from his own end to the empty net.
With a final score of 6-4 the Amerks moved into a 3-way tie atop of the North Division with Toronto and Lake Erie.