The Rochester Americans extended their home winning streak to six games with a decisive 6-1 win over the Binghamton Senators in front of 6,052 fans at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday. The victory was Rochester’s fourth straight overall and seventh in the last eight games.
“We have talked about it all year, building a consistency in our team and the way we play,” said Head Coach Ron Rolston. “I think if you play the right way over the course of time you can build some momentum and I am certainly happy with the progress, but every night is a critical game for us.”
Rochester was led offensively by the line of Travis Turnbull (1+2), Mark Voakes (0+3) and Maxime Legault (1+1), as the trio combined for eight points on the night. Paul Szczechura added a goal and an assist while Shaone Morrisonn, Derek Whitmore and Alex Biega each scored a goal as well.
Netminder David Leggio, making his eighth consecutive start, stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn his 22nd win of the season, matching the career-high he set last year with Portland.
Jack Downing contributed the lone goal for Binghamton, while Robin Lehner and Mike McKenna combined to make 21 saves between the pipes.
The Amerks opened the scoring 5:16 into the contest as a result of a perfectly executed forecheck. Voakes and Turnbull tracked down a dump-in to the right of the net and Voakes got the puck to Turnbull, who centered it to Legault in the slot for a one-timed snapshot that found its way past Lehner.
Rochester doubled its lead to 2-0 at 14:16 of the opening period, as the trio of Turnbull, Legault and Voakes went to work once again. Off the rush, Voakes fed a streaking Turnbull just inside the offensive blueline, who immediately set up Morrisonn trailing in the high slot to beat Lehner with a blocker-side wrister.
Turnbull got on the board 4:58 into the middle frame to build a three-goal cushion for the Amerks. Voakes curled into the high slot with the puck and released a slapper that Turnbull tipped before it trickled through the legs of Lehner.
Whitmore scored for the second consecutive night following a netmouth scramble at 8:26 of the second for his team-leading 25th of the season, and Biega snapped a shot top shelf less than three minutes later to increase the Amerks’ advantage to 5-0.
Szczechura added a shorthanded goal to cap off a four-goal second period for Rochester, burying a two-on-one feed from Legault.
The Senators got on the board with 5:11 remaining in regulation when Downing deposited a wrister from the right circle.
The Amerks hit the road on Friday, March 16 when they journey to Central New York to take on the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial at Oncenter. The 7:30 p.m. matchup will be the seventh of 10 get-togethers between the longtime intrastate rivals and can be heard live on 107.3 FM and 1280 AM, Rochester’s Sports Talk.