Rough night in Rochester as the Syracuse Crunch falls

Rochester, NY- The Crunch suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Rochester Americans tonight at the Blue Cross Arena.

After falling to the Americans 4-1 on January 12 this marks the first time the Crunch have lost back-to-back games in regulation this season. The loss drops the Crunch to 24-9-2-3 overall and brings their road record to 16-4-0-2.

Jared Nightingale scored the lone Crunch goal, his first of the season, and netminder Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves in defeat.

The first Amerks score came with 5:43 to play in the first period. A centering pass from Kevin Porter found the stick of Mark Mancari who put the puck past Tokarski for a 1-0 lead.

Rochester right wing Brian Flynn doubled the Amerks lead 4:41 into the second stanza. Flynn scored on an open net after Luke Adam created the space by splitting two Crunch defenders.

Rochesterâ??s third goal came at the end of a two-on-one rush. A save was made on the initial shot, but the Crunch couldnâ??t clear a loose rebound before Evan Rankinâ??s scored, putting the Amerks up 3-0.

Nightingale put the Crunch on the scoreboard 16:31 into the second period. Nightingale jammed the puck past Amerks goaltender David Leggio during a scrum in front of the net. Assists went to Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson.

With 5:46 remaining the Amerks added their fourth goal of the game. Phil Varone redirected a point shot past Tokarski to put Rochester on top 4-1.

Crunchables: Kyle Wilson made his Syracuse Crunch debut tonightâ?¦Alex Killorn had his five-game point streak snappedâ?¦Tonightâ??s loss was the first time Tokarski has lost in regulation since Dec. 22, 2012â?¦ Head Coach Jon Cooper had not lost back to back games in regulation since January 28 and February 3, 2012â?¦The Crunch were assessed four penalty minutes, matching a season-low set in Binghamton on Dec. 26

Courtesy: Syracuse Crunch