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Amerks Sweep Marlies With 6-5 Shootout Victory

Saturday, 12.18.2010 / 10:50 PM ET / Recap
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Amerks Sweep Marlies With 6-5 Shootout Victory
(Rochester, December 18)... The Rochester Americans earned a two-game sweep over the Toronto Marlies this afternoon following a 6-5 shootout win over their divisional rivals earlier today at Ricoh Coliseum. The Amerks have now won back-to-back games for the first time in two months since a three-game run in late October to improve to 14-14-2-1 and move within three points of third place in the American Hockey League’s North Division.


Michael Duco led the Amerks with a pair of goals and assisted on another as Tyler Plante earned the win with a 41-save effort.

Four different skaters tallied multi-point games for the hometown Marlies, while Ben Scrivens made 17 stops in the losing effort.

The Amerks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with first-period tallies from Duco and Scott Timmins, starting with Duco’s team-leading 10th goal of the season just 5:17 into the contest. Rochester’s lead was cut in half in the final minute of the opening frame as Juraj Mikus potted his first of the season to make it a 2-1 game.

Rochester regained its two-goal cushion again very early into the second stanza, just 51 seconds to be exact, with Duco’s second of the game on the power-play. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Toronto reeled off three straight goals in the latter part of the second period with goals coming from Danny Richmond, Christian Hanson and team captain Alex Foster to a turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

The Amerks opened the final frame with two quick goals from Paul Baier and newcomer Jeff LoVecchio just 69 seconds apart to put Rochester back on top 5-4. The Marlies answered right back and evened things up at five apiece as Brayden Irwin capitalized on the power-play at 16:09 to send the game into overtime.

After a scoreless extra session, it was Rochester’s AJ Jenks’ lone goal in the shootout that proved to be the deciding factor to lift the Amerks to a 6-5 win. The game-winning tally was Jenks’ second in the last five games, where Rochester has been tested three times in the shootout during that stretch. With the goal, Jenks is now a perfect three-for-three in his shootout attempts, good enough for second in the AHL.

The Amerks return home on Sunday, December 19th to exchange pleasantries with the Binghamton Senators at The Blue Cross Arena. The 5:05 p.m. contest will be the second in as many weeks between the intrastate rivals and will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK. The game will also be telesvised live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26.

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STANDINGS

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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