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Amerks Nip Bulldogs In Shootout With 4-3 Win

Monday, 02.21.2011 / 6:16 PM / Recap
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Amerks Nip Bulldogs In Shootout With 4-3 Win
(Hamilton, February 21)... Bill Thomas and Mark Cullen each scored goals during the skills competition and goaltender Tyler Plante stopped all four shooters as the Rochester Americans earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Hamilton Bulldogs this afternoon at Copps Coliseum. The Amerks, coming off a season-high four-game winning streak, have now won five of their last six (26-27-3-2) and remain just eight points out of a playoff spot with just 22 games to go.


Michal Repik potted a pair of goals for the visiting the Amerks and Chris Taylor also assisted on two, giving the 19-year pro five points (3+2) in his last five games. The game was Repik’s first multi-goal game this season. Plante, who started his eighth consecutive game this afternoon, earned his 10th win of the season with a 26-save effort. Plante has now gone 5-3 in his last eight starts.

Gabriel Dumont (1+1) led the hometown Bulldogs with a two-point game as 2011 AHL All-Star goaltender Curtis Sanford stopped 23 shots in the loss.


After a scoreless opening period, Rochester drew first blood midway through the second stanza as team-leading point-getter Repik redirected Mike Kostka’s shot from the top of the right point past Sanford for his 10th of the season. After receiving a pass from the low corner from Taylor, Kostka quickly fired a shot through traffic where Repik made a perfect deflection of the crossbar for his first of game at the 12:37 mark.


The lead would be short-lived, however, as Hamilton answered back just over two minutes later off a goal-mouth scramble in front of Plante. After making back-to-back point-blank saves, Plante’s attempt to control the goal-line rebound was denied as Dumont swept it past the Amerks netminder for his fifth goal of the season. Alexander Avtsin would get the lone assist on the goal at 14:43 to make it a 1-1 game.


Rochester regained the lead late in the period on its first power-play of the game as Repik netted his second of the contest to put the Amerks back on top 2-1. After Hamilton’s Kyle Klubertanz was called for tripping, the league’s best power-play unit on the road went to work, requiring just 65 seconds on the man-advantage. Sanford came up with several big saves, including two at the front of his crease, before Repik used the veteran goaltender to his advantage and banked the puck off his back from behind the net. Thomas and Michael Duco each tabbed assists on the tally.


The Bulldogs rallied again early in the final frame as former Amerk Jimmy Bonneau found the back of the net for the first time this season. Bonneau, stationed in the high slot, took a pass from Dumont from the near corner and sent a low shot on Plante. As it made its way through the congestion at the front of the net, the puck caromed of PJ Fenton’s skate and past Plante to level off the scoring at two goals apiece.



The teams would then exchange power-play tallies later in the period, starting with Hamilton’s tally at 10:14 to take its first lead of the game. After Rochester’s Repik and Michael Caruso took consecutive penalties 16 seconds apart, the Bulldogs capitalized on the two-man advantage as Klubertanz boomed a high-rising shot from the top of the right circle over the right shoulder of Plante. The goal was his eighth of the season and second point of the day for the Hamilton forward.


The Amerks responded with their second straight power-play goal as Taylor found Joe Callahan in the low slot, where he beat Sanford on the short-side to even out the contest at 3-3. Taylor, set up in the low corner, caught a streaking Callahan, who left his post at the blueline to join the play, with a great back-door pass where Callahan was left uncontested and in the prime position to covert on the play for his fourth goal of the season. Cullen also assisted on the goal at 13:33 that ultimately forced overtime.


Despite an up-and-back extra session that included a third power-play opportunity for Rochester, the Amerks could not penetrate the Hamilton defense, although outshooting the Bulldogs 4-2 during the added five minutes of four-on-four play.


Going into the shootout, it was all Rochester from there as Thomas and Cullen converted on their chances while Plante was flawless in denying all four Hamilton attempts, giving the Amerks a hard-earned 4-3 win.


The Amerks return home on Wednesday, February 23rd as they host the Manitoba Moose in the first of back-to-back home tilts at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. North Division contest will be broadcast live on Sports Radio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. 

That night, Amerks fans can share in the life of Craig Charron at “Sharky’s Celebration” and pay tribute to Charron, who lost his battle with cancer last October.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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