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Griffins Outlast Amerks 4-1

Saturday, 10.23.2010 / 11:12 PM / Recap
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(Rochester, October 23)… The Grand Rapids Griffins overpowered the Rochester Americans with a 4-1 win tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. Three Griffins earned multiple points in the contest, while Kenndal McArdle (1+0) began a point streak with two points in his first two games back with the Amerks. With the loss, Rochester falls to a 3-4-0-0 record through seven games into the season.

Cory Emmerton (1+1), Derek Meech (1+1), and Francis Pare (1+1) shined for Grand Rapids, each scoring one and assisting another. Goaltender Thomas McCollum led the Griffins to victory, saving 26 of 27 shots, en route to first star honors.

Leading the Amerks was McArdle, who scored his second goal of the season since returning from Florida. Rookie defenseman Adam Comrie (0+1) also recorded his first pro point with an assist on Rochester’s only goal. Netminder Jacob Markstrom saved 22 of 25 shots on goal in the losing effort.

The Amerks honored Hall of Famer Craig Charron prior to the start of the match tonight. Amerks assistant coach and former teammate Jason Cipolla presented “Sharky’s” No. 5 jersey out to center ice to pay tribute to the beloved Amerk. A clip of Charron’s highlights from his years in Rochester was also played on the jumbo screen in honor of his memory. The Amerks will wear No. 5 decals on their helmets for the remainder of the season, in addition to Charron’s logo, which will be worn on their jersey and etched in the ice.

Left winger Jordan Owens put the Griffins up midway through the opening period with his first goal of the season, deflecting a Willie Coetzee shot past Markstrom at 9:55.

McArdle got Rochester on the board 11:23 into the second. Off a faceoff win by Scott Timmins (0+1), Comrie banked the puck off the boards and down the ice. McArdle picked it up, and opted to shoot off a two-on-one, beating McCollum.

The Griffins answered back not long after, at 16:42, with Emmerton getting one past Markstrom for his third of the season. Jan Mursak (0+1) and Meech were credited with assists.

Grand Rapids added to their tally over the Amerks in the third at 9:35 with a power-play goal. Meech powered home a goal on a wide open net with Markstrom on his back. Meech was assisted by a pair of Griffins, Emmerton and Pare, with both Meech and Emmerton earning their second points of the contest.

With only minutes remaining in the game, Pare earned his second point of the night with an empty-netter at 19:07. The goal solidified a 4-1 victory for the Griffins.

Rochester hits the road for a four-game road swing starting on Monday, October 25th with the first of back-to-back tilts with Abbotsford Heat at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. The 10:00 p.m. EST contest will be the first of four meetings between the two teams this season and will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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