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Amerks drop first of two in Charlotte

The Rochester Americans (27-16-2-4) opened the scoring just 41 seconds into Tuesday’s contest against the Charlotte Checkers (28-17-3-0), but the reigning Calder Cup champions would go onto score four of the next five goals to come away with a 4-2 win in the first of back-to-back meetings between the two teams at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Forward Rasmus Asplund scored his second goal of the campaign from Remi Elie and C.J. Smith in the first minute of the tilt while John Gilmour notched his sixth during the middle period. Casey Mittelstadt and Jean-Sebastien Dea were credited with the helpers on Gilmour’s tally. Goaltender Andrew Hammond (13-11-2) made his second consecutive start and made 32 saves but took the loss.

Julien Gauthier produced a game-high three-point night with a pair of goals and an assist while both Roland McKeown and Morgan Geekie both found the back of the net to help the Checkers to their fourth straight win and improve to 8-2-1-0 in the all-time series with Rochester. Fredrik Claesson chipped in two assists for his fifth multi-point effort of the season. Netminder Alex Nedeljkovic (15-9-1) stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to earn his 15th win and third straight.

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