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Markstrom Earns First AHL Shutout In 2-0 Victory

Friday, 12.17.2010 / 10:52 PM ET / Recap
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Markstrom Earns First AHL Shutout In 2-0 Victory
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom
(Rochester, December 17)…The Rochester Americans blanked the Toronto Marlies 2-0 tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. The Marlies were unable to battle back from a two-goal deficit, allowing Amerks goaltender Jacob Markstrom to earn his first AHL shutout, increasing Rochester’s record to 13-14-2-1 overall and 5-10-1-1 on home ice. Toronto falls to 15-12-0-3 with the loss.

Leading the Amerks tonight were AJ Jenks (1+0) and Jordan Knactstedt (1+0), both scoring one apiece for their team. In the victory, Markstrom made 27 saves in a well-deserved shutout.

Marlies goaltender Jussi Rynnas made 25 saves on 27 shots in the losing effort.

Jenks got the Amerks on the board first with a shorthanded breakaway goal 12:56 into the opening period. After Mike Kostka (0+1) cleared the puck out of the Rochester zone, Jenks picked it up as the Toronto defensemen struggled to stay on their feet after colliding with each other at center ice, leaving the rookie forward all alone with the netminder. Jenks placed a perfect wrist shot over the glove of Rynnas as he picked the top right corner of the net for his fifth of the season.

Knactstedt doubled the Amerks’ lead to 2-0 midway through the second stanza after he converted on a loose-puck scramble in the Toronto zone. After defenseman Paul Baier (0+1) managed to keep the puck in the zone, Eric Selleck (0+1) knocked it cross ice to Knackstedt, who quickly released a low shot from the top of the right circle just inside the far post. The tally at 10:43 was Knackstedt’s first as an Amerk and eight on the season. It also ended up being the game winner, with the contest resulting in a 2-0 final decision.

The same two teams meet again on Saturday, December 18th with the second of back-to-back tilts over the border at Ricoh Coliseum. The 3:00 p.m. matinee will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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