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Cullen's Four-Point Night Lifts Amerks Over Moose 5-3

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 11:26 PM / Recap
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Cullen\'s Four-Point Night Lifts Amerks Over Moose 5-3
Mark Cullen
(Rochester, February 25)… Rochester Americans forward Mark Cullen had his hand in four of Rochester’s five goals this evening, scoring two goals and assisting on two others to send the Amerks past the first place Manitoba Moose 5-3 in the second leg of a two-game set tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win, the Amerks (27-27-3-3) reach the .500 mark for just the second time this season and have now picked up points in four of their last five games, while also winning two of their last three.

Cullen (2+2), who in addition to scoring his first goal of the season and as an Amerk, reached the 400-point plateau in his professional career with his second goal of the game and fourth point of the night. The nine-year pro also finished with a plus-one on-ice rating en route to first star honors. Defensemen Mike Kostka (1+2) and Clay Wilson (1+1) also turned in multi-point efforts to claim second and third accolades, respectively. Cullen also skated on the ice during all three power-play goals, contributing in each, while Kostka and Wilson were also a factor on two of those shifts.

Netminder Tyler Plante, who was between the pipes for his 10th straight start, posted 27 saves in the winning effort. He picked up his 11th win of the season in the victory.

Guillaume Desbiens (1+1), Bill Sweatt (1+0) and Mark Flood (1+1), who kept the Moose lurking throughout the game, scored the goals for visiting Manitoba tonight. Goaltender Eddie Lack also made 27 of 32 saves in his 14th loss of the season.

The Amerks got on the board first with less than two minutes remaining in the opening period on the man-advantage. Lack denied Koskta’s initial shot from the blueline, but Cullen was able to tip it in on the rebound after a scramble in front of the net. The power-play tally was Cullen’s first goal of the season and as an Amerk. Wilson was also credited with an assist.

Manitoba knotted the score at one just 45 seconds into the second stanza. Desbiens put a rebound past Plante for his seventh of the year, with help from Flood and Sergei Shirokov.

The Moose extended their lead by two with a tally by Sweatt, scoring his 14th of the year. A little more than five minutes into the period, Jordan Schroeder sent a cross-ice pass to Sweatt, who then managed to pop the puck over Plante’s left shoulder for the goal.

Rochester wouldn’t let Manitoba have the edge for long though, evening things out at 2-2 at 13:17 of the period. PJ Fenton found a streaking Colby Robak in the high slot with a pass from behind the net that surprised the Manitoba defensive corps. Robak, who left his post at the blueline to join the play, slipped by the Moose defenders in the slot and beat Lack low on the glove-side of the net.

Then after a hooking penalty from the Moose’s Mario Bliznak, the Amerks used the power-play to their advantage to take the lead for the second time tonight. After Cullen and then Kostka both made the decision to give the puck to Wilson at the top of the point, Wilson sent the puck sailing between the circles and through traffic to the back of the net for the 3-2 go-ahead. On the play, Wilson, Kostka and Cullen all earned their second point of the night.

The Amerks opened up a two-goal advantage with their third power-play goal of the night just 1:31 into the final frame. After some tic-tac-toe passing between Wilson, Cullen, and Chris Taylor, Kostka crept in from the right point to slam home a backdoor feed that came off the stick of Taylor. The goal was Kostka’s third point of the game, and Cullen also picked up his third point with an assist.

Manitoba responded to pull within one less than three minutes later, capitalizing on a fortunate bounce. After Desbiens missed high and wide with a wrister from center point, the puck ricocheted off the glass behind the Rochester net right to Flood at the top of the crease. Flood quickly gloved it down and stuffed it between Plante’s five-hole for his eighth of the season.

Rochester quickly regained the momentum at 7:57 when Cullen once again found the back of the net for the second time in the contest, lifting him to his 400th career point, to put the home squad on top 5-3. After Keaton Ellerby’s long shot from the left point was turned away by Lack, Cullen was all alone at the right circle to deposit the rebound. Hugh Jessiman also factored in on the play, picking up the second assist.

The Amerks head to the Southern tier on Saturday, February 26th to exchange pleasantries with the Binghamton Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the seventh of eight scheduled meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and can be heard live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
11 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
12 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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