Amerks can’t hold third-period lead in season opener, fall 4-3 to Bridgeport in overtime

Disappointing Start for the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Amerks

The start of the hockey season in western New York has been filled with excitement and anticipation. Fans have high expectations for both the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester Amerks, who are looking to end their playoff droughts and build upon their previous successes. However, both teams suffered defeats that left fans feeling deflated.

The Sabres had a rough start with a 5-1 loss against the New York Rangers, while the Amerks blew a one-goal lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to Bridgeport.

Amerks Struggle Against Islanders’ Intense Playstyle

The Amerks got off to a slow start in their game against the Islanders, as they were overwhelmed by their size and relentless forecheck. The Islanders quickly took a 2-0 lead in the first period. However, the Amerks regrouped in the second period and managed to pull even. They even took a 3-2 lead in the third period, but unfortunately gave up a power-play goal in the final minutes of regulation, leading to their defeat in overtime.

Amerks coach Seth Appert acknowledged the challenge posed by the Islanders’ physical style of play, saying, “Practice doesn’t simulate getting punched in the mouth, like they do to you. They’re a great forechecking team and they make the game really hard on you.”

Goalie Devin Cooley Shines Despite Loss

Despite the loss, goalie Devin Cooley played an outstanding game for the Amerks. Cooley, who stepped into the role of the team’s No. 1 goalie after Malcolm Subban’s departure, made 38 saves throughout the game, many of them on high danger chances. His performance gave the Amerks a fighting chance and salvaged a point from the game.

First Period: Amerks Struggle Defensively

The Amerks had a difficult start to the game, allowing the Islanders to take an early lead. The Islanders capitalized on defensive mistakes by the Amerks, scoring two goals in the first period. The Amerks had several power plays during the period but failed to convert, only managing one shot on goal.

Second Period: Amerks Fight Back

The Amerks turned the tide in the second period, outshooting the Islanders and narrowing the deficit to 2-1 with a goal from Linus Weissbach. The team continued to put pressure on the Islanders, and just seconds before the end of the period, Isak Rosen scored a tip-in goal to tie the game.

Third Period: Amerks Take the Lead, but Fail to Hold on

The Amerks took the lead in the third period with a goal from Brandon Biro. However, a late interference penalty by Biro gave the Islanders a power play opportunity, which they capitalized on to tie the game. The game went into overtime, and the Islanders secured the victory just 21 seconds in with a goal from Ruslan Iskhakov.

Overtime: Islanders Secure Victory

In the 3-on-3 overtime format, the Islanders wasted no time in securing the victory. Iskhakov scored his second goal of the night with a wrist shot past Cooley, leaving the Amerks disappointed.

Despite the loss, the Amerks showed promise and resilience throughout the game. They will continue to work on their performance as they prepare for their upcoming games against the Toronto Marlies and Laval.

Written by: Sal Maiorana

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