Tim Schaller scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Rochester Americans to a 7-4 American Hockey League victory over the Utica Comets Friday at Blue Cross Arena.
The Amerks (8-8-1-0) stormed to a 3-0 first-period lead, held off a late challenge by the Comets, then added insult to injury with a goal with one second to play.
Brandon DeFazio scored twice on the power play for the Comets (12-3-2-0), who had won six of their previous seven games, Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist, and Alex Friesen scored the other goal, his first of the season. Utica had a 35-33 edge in shots, but Jacob Markstrom, who came in with a 1.24 goals-against average and 0.995 save percentage, gave up six scores, with another going into an empty net.
The Comets headed to Syracuse after the game to get ready for Saturday’s Frozen Dome game with the Syracuse Crunch at the Carrier Dome.
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