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Amerks Rally For 3-2 Shootout Win Over Griffins

Wednesday, 01.26.2011 / 10:55 PM ET / Recap
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Amerks Rally For 3-2 Shootout Win Over Griffins
Jacob Markstrom & Mike Kostka defend the net during their game against Grand Rapids.
(Rochester, NY)… Despite facing a 2-0 deficit late in the second period, the Rochester Americans rallied back to defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 in a shootout tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks evened up the contest in the closing minutes of the final frame, which helped them pick up their first home victory since December 26th.  With the win, Rochester improves to 19-23-3-2 overall (7-14-1-2 at home), while Grand Rapids drops to 20-21-1-5.

The Amerks were led offensively by Scott Timmins (1+0) and Colby Robak (1+0), each of whom notched goals in the winning effort.  Netminder Jacob Markstrom finished the night with 34 saves to pick up his 14th win of the season.

Francis Pare (1+1) and former Amerk Doug Janik (1+1) both scored for the Griffins, giving them both multi-point games. Jordan Owens (0+2) also earned a pair of points with two helpers.  Jordan Pearce turned away 30 of 32 shots between the pipes.

After the scoreless opening frame, the Amerks held twice as many shots as the Griffins with 12.

With Rochester’s Michal Repik penalized with a tripping infraction in the second period, Grand Rapids struck first on the man advantage. Upon a pass from Owens, Janik dished the puck to Pare. Pare then netted one high over Markstrom’s left shoulder from the left circle at 10:36. The goal was the winger’s 12th of the season.

The Griffins doubled their lead 15:23 into the second with another power-play goal by the same line of forwards. Pare obtained the puck from Owens and took the initial shot from the top of the point. Janik was parked right in front and finished the play, popping the loose puck behind Markstrom for his fourth tally of the year and his second point of the evening. Both Owens and Pare also earned additional points with the helpers.

Rochester answered back not even two minutes later with Timmins’ 10th goal of the season as he tipped in Repik’s shot from the top of the right circle that somehow eluded Pearce. Triston Grant also earned assists on the goal at 16:47 that brought the Amerks within one.

The Amerks would even things up with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time on a beautiful rush which featured all five Amerks skaters touching the puck.  Chris Taylor started the play winning a defensive zone faceoff to Mike Kostka, who then chipped the puck to the neutral zone, finding the stick of Kenndal McArdle.  McArdle then made a nifty drop pass to recently-recalled winger Ben Gordon, who found defenseman Colby Robak driving down the slot with a feed from the right half-boards.  Robak swiftly deposited the puck into the empty side of the net for his third goal of the season to force overtime.

After an uneventful and scoreless extra session, the Amerks scored three times on four opportunities in the shootout as Repik, AJ Jenks and Bill Thomas each converted in the skills competition.

Rochester remains home on Friday, January 28th as the Manitoba Moose make their first visit this season to The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:35 p.m. matchup 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. The first 3,000 fans will take home a Jason Pominville bobblehead. Prior to the game, the Amerks will induct former defenseman and assistant coach Doug Houda and longtime broadcaster Don Stevens into the franchise’s Hall of Fame as the Class of 2011.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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