LAVAL, Que. — Michael Mersch struck twice as the Rochester Americans fended off the Laval Rocket 4-3 on Friday in American Hockey League action.

Casey Fitzgerald's third-period goal stood as the winner for Rochester (3-2-0) and Brandon Davidson also scored.

Aaron Dell made 32 saves for the win.

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Xavier Ouellet both had goals in the third period to bring Laval (4-3-0), the minor league affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, to within one. Corey Schueneman had the other goal for the Rocket.

Goalie Cayden Primeau stopped 18 shots for Laval.

The Americans went 1 for 4 on the power play and Laval went 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2021.