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Nylander Powers Amerks To First Home Win

Sunday, 10.17.2010 / 9:36 PM ET / Recap
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Nylander Powers Amerks To First Home Win
(Rochester, NY)… Veteran Michael Nylander’s four points led the Rochester Americans to a 5-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. Rochester earned its first back-to-back win of the season, while picking up its first win on home ice. The Amerks also finished their three-game in three-night stretch with a 2-1-0-0 record and 3-2-0-0 overall mark.

Leading the Amerks was Nylander, who had a hand in four goals, scoring two and assisting on two others. His first point of the night marked his 600th professional assist in his 20-year pro career. Winger Michal Repik (0+3) also shined in the contest assisting on three goals to extend his point streak to five games. The duo has developed an early chemistry after just five games.



“We are still working with each other. He is a good player,” said Repik. “I am just trying to find open space. We have only played five games together and hopefully we keep getting better and better.”



Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made his fifth consecutive start with Rochester, leading his team to victory by stopping 25 out of 27 shots. Meanwhile, Patrick Maroon (1+1) and Joonas Lehtivuori (1+1) led the Phantoms with two-point efforts. Netminder Brian Stewart made 20 saves in the losing effort in his first appearance with Adirondack this season.

The contest remained scoreless until the final minutes of the opening period. At 17:07, winger Michael Duco (1+0) slid the puck past Stewart for his second goal of the season. Nylander and Clay Wilson (0+1) both picked up assists. Wilson’s assist extended his point streak to five games.

The Amerks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period when Scott Reynolds (1+0) scored the first AHL goal of his career on the power play at 14:14. He converted his own rebound and fired the puck past Stewart. Reynolds was assisted by Repik and Nylander, who recorded his second point of the night. 


Adirondack finally managed to get on the board early in the third. At 2:32, Maroon scored his fourth of the season, tipping the puck over the pad of Markstrom and into the net.

Rochester answered right back just minutes later with a pair of back-to-back goals by Nylander, for his team-leading fourth goal of the season. At 4:12, Repik moved around the Phantoms’ net and passed right to the Rochester center, who delivered. Not long after, at 6:50, both Repik and Colby Robak (0+1) helped Nylander when he backhanded it past Stewart for his second goal of the night.


“We are finding each other,” said Nylander of Repik. “We are creating scoring chances for each other and other players.”

Less than two minutes later, at 7:47, Adirondack responded and made the score 4-2. Lehtivuori scored his second of the season, with assists by Erik Gustafsson (0+1) and Maroon.

At 19:23, Amerks defenseman Mike Kostka banked the puck off the boards and down the ice, resulting in an empty-netter, which sealed Rochester’s first home win.

Rochester now heads north of the border on Tuesday, October 19th as it takes on Randy Cunneyworth and the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be the second in four days between the longtime North Division rivals and the second of 10 meetings this season. Fans can tune into the live broadcast on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.

The Amerks return home on Saturday, October 23rd as the Grand Rapids Griffins come to Western New York for the first of six get-togethers this season. Fans can tune into the live broadcast on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The game falls on the fourth annual “Sweets in the Suites” night. Go to amerks.com for more information on the Halloween celebration.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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