Mike Harrington: A big opportunity was lost but Amerks have another one at hand in Game 5 at Utica

Mike Harrington

The key moments haven’t proved too big for the Rochester Amerks in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Until Tuesday night.

Putting forth a stinker at home with a chance to clinch a series was a fair bit of ill timing. Frankly, it was out of character for a team that’s 4-0 in overtime in this postseason to suddenly cower at the chance it had.

Jack Quinn finally found the time and space to unleash his award-winning shot, causing an audible gasp from the 8,791 fans who filled Blue Cross Arena hoping to see a series-clinching win Tuesday night.

Alas, that’s what happened to the Sabres’ affiliate in Game 4 of the North Division semifinals. The folks in Blue Cross Arena were awfully disappointed to see their team get schooled by the Utica Comets in a 4-2 defeat that wasn’t remotely that close. It could be the last game they see this season, which would be a shame for all this club has gone through.

But maybe it won’t be. It’s back to Utica for Game 5 on Thursday night in Adirondack Bank Center, where the Amerks built a 2-0 lead in each of the first two games before dropping the opener and pulling out Game 2 in overtime.

The winner advances to the best-of-5 North Division finals against the Laval Rocket, which pulled an escape act in Game 5 of its series against Syracuse, winning in overtime after tying…

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