(Rochester, NY)... Despite outshooting the opposition 34-16, the Rochester Americans closed out their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the season with a 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday evening at The Blue Cross Arena. The loss extends Rochester's winless streak to three games as it secured two out of a possible six points on the weekend.
Adirondack's offensive effort was paced by Eric Wellwood, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Zac Rinaldo, each of whom provided single goals to keep the Phantoms atop the American Hockey League's Northeast Division. Netminder Jason Bacashihua turned away 33 Rochester shots between the pipes en route to his first victory of the season.
Both teams came out with jump early, as they each lit the limp before the game was even three minutes old. The Phantoms struck first at 1:47 after a quick neutral zone transition turned into a two-on-one and Wellwood beat MacIntyre under the arm to the blocker side with a wrister from the right face-off dot.
Adirondack restored its lead with just under three and a half minutes to go in the opening period when Zolnierczyk capitalized on a breakaway with his team shorthanded. After intercepting an attempted pass across the middle of the ice at the point by the Rochester defense, Zolnierczyk found himself all alone from center ice in and tucked the puck around MacIntyre following a quick backhand-to-forehand deke.
Although the Amerks appeared to have drawn back to within one with just over a minute remaining in the game, it was waved off due to contact with the goaltender.