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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 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

STATS

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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