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Amerks drop goaltending duel to Comets



The Rochester Americans (31-19-4-5) came back from a one-goal deficit 5:43 into the second period, but the Utica Comets (32-21-3-2) scored twice in the third period, including an empty-netter with 60 seconds remaining, to take a 3-1 victory Wednesday at The Blue Cross Arena.

Despite the loss, the Amerks, who have earned 11 out of a possible 18 points in the last nine games, hold a two-point lead over the Comets for second place in the AHL’s North Division standings. Rochester has collected at least one point in 19 of the last 26 games against Utica dating back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign, going 13-7-2-4 over that span.

Forward Taylor Leier notched his ninth goal of the campaign from Jean-Sebastien Dea and Jacob Bryson while on the power-play in the middle frame for Rochester. Goaltender Andrew Hammond (15-12-3) stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced but suffered the defeat.