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Plante's 46 Saves Sends Amerks Past Griffins 3-1

Sunday, 02.13.2011 / 6:30 PM ET / Recap
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Plante\'s 46 Saves Sends Amerks Past Griffins 3-1
(Rochester, February 13)… Three different goal scorers found the back of the net and goaltender Tyler Plante turned aside a season-high 46 saves as the Rochester Americans defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 in an afternoon tilt at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win, Rochester improves to 23-26-3-2 (51 points), while Grand Rapids fall to 23-24-1-6 (53 points). 


Clay Wilson led the Amerks with two assists, while Bill Thomas, Chris Taylor and Eric Selleck all provided goals. Plante had an impressive day in goal, making 46 saves and earning the game’s first-star honors. Plante has now allowed only six goals in his last four starts.


Logan Pyett scored Grand Rapids’ lone goal, while netminder Thomas McCollum stopped 21 Rochester attempts.


Thomas struck first for Rochester, connecting while on a shorthanded breakaway to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead 13:06 into the first period.  he goal, scored five-hole on Grand Rapids’ McCollum, came just seconds after Michael Caruso received an interference penalty. 
Assisting on Thomas’ tally were A.J. Jenks and Wilson.  The goal was the 10th of the season for Thomas, who spent the last four days in South Florida on NHL recall with the Florida Panthers.


The Amerks had another breakaway opportunity earlier in the period, as Hugh Jessiman took McCollum one-on-one. However, the Grand Rapids netminder was able to get a pad on the puck and deflect the backhand attempt wide.


In the second, the Amerks found themselves on the power play after a cross-checking penalty to Brendan Smith.  On the special teams’ attempt, Wilson had a great opportunity, but hit the post on a power-play snipe from the blueline.


Shortly after, Grand Rapids responded with a shorthanded goal of their own, this one coming from Pyett at the 13:24 mark. After collecting a neutral-zone turnover, Ilari Filppula fed the puck to Pyett, who rifled a shot off the crossbar and over the glove of Plante. The goal was the 13th shorthanded score allowed by Rochester this season, the most surrendered by an American Hockey League team.


Despite being outshot 22-4, Rochester was able to hold Grand Rapids to one goal in the period and enter the final stanza tied 1-1.  
In the third period, Rochester scored two goals just 17 seconds apart to build a 3-1 lead on the Griffins. Taylor notched first for Rochester, putting home a rebound from a Wilson slap shot.  Michal Repik was also given an assist on the play.


Then, at the 6:56 mark, Selleck scored his second of the year as he snapped a shot past McCollum for the two-goal lead. PJ Fenton assisted on the goal, giving him his first two-game point streak of the season (0+2).


The Amerks remain home on Wednesday, February 16th as the Worcester Sharks make their first-ever visit to The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the second of two meetings this season between the non-divisional foes and will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.


Fans can purchase the “Wednesday Facebook Fan Pack” for the game exclusively through the Amerks Facebook page. Fans can get a ticket and a T-shirt for just $15! Click on the 'Amerks Nation' tab to purchase the pack. It’s also a Business Person Special, featuring the Buy One, Get One ticket offer for best available seating.


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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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