ROCHESTER, NY- The Rochester Americans came from behind with a 4-3 victory in overtime against the Springfield Thunderbirds with a crowd of 4,892.
Josh Brown gave the Thunderbirds the early lead with a cross-ice feed from Anthony Greco to go over the pads of Americans goaltender Linus Ullmark to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead at 4:23. Thunderbirds goaltender Adam Wilcox saw little action only having to make three saves in the opening period.
Both goaltenders for both teams would make huge saves in the second period. The biggest chance for the Thunderbirds was when Greco had an all alone breakaway as he was denied by Ullmark. Alex Kile tied the game for the Americans at 9:42 of the second period at 1-1. The Thunderbirds retook the lead over a minute later. Mike Downing setup Matt Leitner on the right feed and found Dryden Hunt on the left side and the rookie put it past Ullmark to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead. The Thunderbirds extended their lead 14 seconds later. Chase Balisy scored his 14th of the campaign after he and Jared McCann put pressure causing an Americans turnover.
The Thunderbirds would take a turn for the worst in the third period. Springfield left winger Tony Turgeon received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct giving the Americans a five-minute power play. Americans center Derek Grant responded with two goals to send the game into overtime. Grant re-directed a shot past Wilcox at 11:04 to make it 3-2 then he got a rebound and put it on the backhand past Wilcox to tie the game at 3-3.
Cole Schneider scored the game-winning goal and his 20th of the year for the Americans at 3:44 of overtime. The Americans have yet to lose a game in overtime this season as they are 6-0.
The Thunderbirds will travel to Toronto to take on the Marlies for a 5:00 P.M. puck drop and then conclude the season series with the Rochester Americans on Sunday at the Blue Cross Arena for a 3:05 P.M. puck drop.
NOTES: The Springfield Thunderbirds called up forward Stephen MacAulay from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
MacAulay has logged in 28 games during the 2016-17 campaign for the Thunderbirds scoring two goals and having two assists. When he was sent to down to the Florida Everblades, MacAulay logged in 23 games registering 19 points with 10 goals and nine assists.