Amerks finish preseason 2-1, prepare for regular season opener

Photo courtesy of MichelineV / Rochester Americans

ROCHESTER ROOKIE Ramus Asplund looks at his skates after winning a face off Sunday against the Syracuse Crunch at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center. The Charlotte Checkers will provide the opposition when the Amerks open their 63rd AHL season at the Blue Cross Arena in the Rochester War Memorial Friday evening.

ROCHESTER – The Rochester Americans concluded their three-game 2018 preseason with a 4-1 win Sunday over North Division rival Syracuse Crunch at the Gene Polisseni Center on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Eric Cornel and rookie newcomer Andrew Oglevie each tallied a goal and an assist for a multi-point effort to lead the Amerks to their second victory of the three-game preseason schedule. C.J. Smith and Dalton Smith rounded out the scoring as netminder Scott Wedgewood made his unofficial Amerks debut, stopping 29 of 30 shots he faced.

“It was a slow start for us but I thought we got better as the game went on,” said Amerks head coach Chris Taylor. “We did not have our best first two periods but Wedgewood played well and stood tall. Then in the third he played really well.”

Taylor Raddysh spoiled Wedgewood’s bid for a shutout as he scored the lone Crunch goal while goaltender Eddie Pasquale took the loss in Syracuse’s exhibition opener.

Following a scoreless opening period, the Amerks tallied a pair of goals on their only two shots during the second stanza and took the 2-0 lead into the intermission.

C.J. Smith opened the scoring off an odd-angle shot to give Rochester a 1-0 lead at the 6:39 mark. Dalton increased the lead when he redirected Wayne Simpson’s shot five the point with nearly five minutes left in the frame.

“It feels good to contribute offensively,” Dalton Smith said. “I know my role on the team to finish my checks and be an energy-guy, but it is good to find the back of the net by just going to the net.”

Cornel upped the Amerks lead to 3-0 with 13:13 left in regulation as he buried a rebound from Oglevie and Zach Redmond.

“It was my third preseason game,” said Cornel. “I am starting to get my legs under me, but it was good to see our team come together against a team who we will be playing a lot of the course of the season.”

The Crunch pulled Pasquale despite facing a three-goal deficit inside the final two and a half minutes left in the contest and trimmed the Rochester lead with 55 seconds left.

After the goal, Syracuse pulled their netminder yet again, but Cornel scooped up the puck in-between the hash marks and slid a pass to Oglevie to cement the 4-1 win.

Rochester opens its 63rd American Hockey League season at home on Friday, Oct. 5 against the Charlotte Checkers at The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks 2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships, which start as low as just $12 per game, are on-sale now. Full-season ticket member benefits include, but are not limited to, Riverside Club VIP Room access with Amerks Alumni, family meet and greet and annual Skate with the Players event, an exclusive preseason Ice Breaker Party and Chalk Talk with the Amerks coaching staff, your very own Season Ticket Member ID and Discount Card and much more. For more information, visit www.amerks.com/seasontickets or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

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