Hinostroza scores game-winner in third period to seal 3-2 win over Penguins
Jan 25, 2023
The Rochester Americans (20-14-2-1) fell behind by a pair of goals in the first period before scoring three straight unanswered to come away with a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (19-15-2-3) Wednesday at The Blue Cross Arena.
With the win, Rochester has gone a perfect 8-0-0-0 in the last eight meetings since the 2017-18 season versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the team’s longest active win streak against any opponent. Additionally, the Amerk snapped a four-game skid with the victory to maintain their third place standing in the North Division standings.
Jiri Kulich and Lukas Rousek each had a pair of assists while fellow linemate Vinnie Hinostroza, who made his Amerks debut after being assigned by the Buffalo Sabres last week, netted the game-winning goal in the third period to seal the win. Hinostoza logged his first AHL goal since Dec. 1, 2017, while Kulich and Rousek posted their fourth and sixth multi-point efforts of the season, respectively, as the line combined for five points on the night.
Defensemen Lawrence Pilut and Jeremy Davies rounded out the scoring for Rochester, while Linus Weissbach and Ethan Prow each booked an assist.
Goaltender Malcolm Subban (10-4-0) earned his 10th victory of the season as he finished with 26 saves. After suffering a defeat in his season-debut on Nov. 18, Subban has gone 10-3-1 since, including seven straight wins between Dec. 10 to Jan. 14.
Former Amerk Alexander Nylander scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season while Sam Houde added his ninth to complete the scoring for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Netminder Filip Lindberg (6-8-1) made his 16th appearance of the campaign but suffered his third straight defeat.
Trailing 2-0 to begin the second period, the Amerks evened the scored midway through frame.
Nearly four minutes into the stanza, Prow rimmed the puck around the boards inside the Rochester end of the ice for Kulich. As the rookie forward gathered the pass, he one-touched it ahead to Rousek, who cut through the neutral zone. Rousek carried the puck across the blueline before dropping it for Pilut at the 4:02 mark.
With Pilut’s shot handcuffing Lindberg, it marked his first goal…