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Griffins Outlast Amerks 4-1

Saturday, 10.23.2010 / 11:12 PM ET / Recap
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Griffins Outlast Amerks 4-1
(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.


STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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