(Rochester, NY) … On the strength of a pair of goals in each of the first two periods of Sunday afternoon’s game at The Blue Cross Arena, the Rochester Americans (31-16-3-2) closed out their three-in-three weekend with a dominating 5-1 victory against the intrastate rival Binghamton Devils (23-27-5-0).
With the four-goal win, the Amerks have collected 21 out of a possible 30 points in their last 15 games and have recorded at least one point in 11 of the last 15 contests with the Devils. Rochester has also notched 29 points in its last 22 games dating back to a 4-0 shutout win in Cleveland on Dec. 26.
WATCH: GAME HIGHLIGHTS
The line trio of Remi Elie (1+1), Andrew Oglevie (1+1) and Taylor Leier (0+2) combined for six points while Yannick Veilleux, Wayne Simpson and Andrew MacWilliam rounded out the scoring for the Amerks, who closed out the weekend with back-to-back wins. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood earned his 10th win in the last 13 games and set a new career-high with his 18th overall on the season while improving to 18-7-2 on the season as he stopped 27 shots on the afternoon.
Binghamton, which dropped its third straight decision of the weekend, avoided the shutout as Colby Sissons tallied his second goal of the slate. Netminder Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves in 49 minutes of action before being replaced by Evan Cormier for the final 11 minutes.
WATCH: ANDREW OGLEVIE POST-GAME
Just 35 seconds following a spirited fight between Dalton Smith and Brandon Baddock that energized the home crowd early in the matchup, Simpson raced in with the puck behind a Devils defender and picked the top left corner of the net to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead 3:55 into the contest.
The marker, Simpson’s 17th of the season, which established a new-career high in 25 fewer games, was set-up by defensemen Will Borgen and Brendan Guhle.
WATCH: TAYLOR LEIER POST-GAME
Nearly eight minutes after Simpson’s tally, Veilleux was credited with his fourth goal of the slate on a net-front redirection at the 11:27 mark to double Rochester’s lead. With bodies crashing towards Blackwood, Eric Cornel wrapped around the net with the puck and flung it into the net. The shot glanced off the pants of Veilleux on its way into the net.
While Binghamton made it a one-goal game 3:16 into the second period, Rochester scored twice to take a 4-1 lead into the final frame of regulation. Midway through the stanza, Oglevie notched his second goal of the slate while Elie booked his third goal in the last four games at the 17:44 mark.
WATCH: NATHAN PAETSCH POST-GAME
Rochester finished off the scoring as MacWilliam connected on a one-time feed from fellow blueliner Matt Tennyson 8:47 into the final period. Elie was awarded the secondary helper on MacWilliam’s second marker of the campaign.
The Amerks shorthanded unit successfully killed off all five penalties in the contest and dating back to the start of the New Year, the Amerks have cleared 59 of the 62 infractions during that span.
WATCH: CHRIS TAYLOR POST-GAME
The Amerks are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when they host the Cleveland Monsters at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.
ROC: Simpson (17), Veilleux (4 – GWG), Oglevie (2), Elie (3), MacWilliam (1)
BNG: Sissons (2)
ROC: Wedgewood – 27/28 (W)
BNG: Blackwood – 32/37 (L) | Cormier – 2/2
ROC: PP (0/0) | PK (5/5)
BNG: PP (0/5) | PK (0/0)
1. Andrew Oglevie (ROC)
2. Scott Wedgewood (ROC)
3. Remi Elie (ROC)