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Three Unanswered Amerk Goals Bring Victory Against Bulldogs

Wednesday, 12.8.2010 / 10:35 PM ET / Recap
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Three Unanswered Amerk Goals Bring Victory Against Bulldogs
(Rochester, December 8)… Despite being down 3-1, the Rochester Americans scored three unanswered goals in the second to upset the first place Hamilton Bulldogs and won 4-3 tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. The victory was the Amerks’ first this season against the North Division-leading Canadian club, which increased their home ice record to 4-9-0-0 and an overall record of 11-13-1-0. With the loss, the Bulldogs slide to 14-7-1-3.

Leading the Amerks tonight were AJ Jenks (1+0), Brady Calla (1+0), Mike Duco (1+0), and David Marshall (1+0), who all scored one goal apiece. Mike Caruso (0+2) also earned two assists, giving him a multiple-point game. With the win, goaltender Tyler Plante had 39 saves on 42 shots.

Aaron Palushaj, Max Pacioretty, and Mathieu Carle were all top performers for Hamilton tonight, each netting one. Netminder Curtis Sanford stopped 28 of 32 shots. This evening’s matchup also marked the first time of the 2010-11 season that Sanford has allowed more than three goals in a single contest.

Newcomer Bates Battaglia (0+1) registered his first point in his Amerks debut, as he and Caruso both assisted Jenks’ fourth goal this season 5:26 into the opening period. After picking up the original pass from Jenks, Battaglia slid it back to him, allowing Jenks to bury it past Sanford.

Hamilton answered back minutes later to even things up at one apiece. David Urquhart (0+1) gathered the puck at center ice, then passed to it Palushaj. Palushaj then split two Amerks defensemen and roofed the puck past Plante for his fourth goal of the 2010 campaign.

Hamilton gained a one-goal advantage just six seconds into the second period, when David Desharnais (0+1) won the draw and dished the puck straight to Pacioretty. Pacioretty then carried it up the left wing, and fired it past Plante for his team-leading 15th tally this season.

The Bulldogs took the lead by two nearly halfway through the second. In a two-on-one, Alex Henry (0+1) took the puck into Amerks territory, then dropped it back to Carle trailing right behind. Carle ripped one and beat Plante for his sixth of the year.

Rochester answered back with two unanswered to tie things back up at 3-3 a few minutes later at 11:36 with a goal by Calla, his second of the season. After the puck landed on his stick, Calla took a shot and beat Sanford. Caruso and Eric Selleck (0+1) picked up the helpers, giving Caruso his second point of the evening.

Just a few minutes later at 14:19, Duco picked up Michal Repik’s (0+1) rebound and netted his seventh of the season. Duco returned tonight in his first game since obtaining a rib injury last month. At 17:29, Rochester took the 4-3 lead when Marshall flew up the boards alone and blasted a one-timer past Sanford for his second this year. Hamilton was unable to respond, leaving Marshall’s goal as Rochester’s game winner for a 4-3 final decision.

The same two teams meet again on Friday, December 10th at The Blue Cross Arena to close out a two-game set. The 7:35 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The game will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26.

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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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