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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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