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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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