In front of the largest Blue Cross Arena crowd in more than 16 years, the hometown Rochester Americans grabbed the series lead from Utica on Sunday evening with their second consecutive 4-3 overtime victory.
Up two games to one, the Amerks can close out the series with another win in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Arttu Ruotsalainen scored his league-leading sixth goal of the postseason and his second overtime winner with 1:39 elapsed in the extra period. Ruotsalainen took a cross-ice pass from Peyton Krebs and one-timed a shot home from the right-wing faceoff dot in the waning seconds of an Amerks power play.
Attendance was 10,741, the largest crowd for a game at Blue Cross Arena since Dec. 30, 2005.
North Division Semifinals – Series “J” (best-of-5)
N1-Utica Comets vs. N5-Rochester Americans
Game 1 – Tue., May 10 – UTICA 6, Rochester 3
Game 2 – Sat., May 14 – Rochester 4, UTICA 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Sun., May 15 – ROCHESTER 4, Utica 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Tue., May 17 – Utica at Rochester, 7:05
*Game 5 – Thu., May 19 – Rochester at Utica, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern