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Ellerby's Overtime Tally Lifts Amerks Over Crunch

Sunday, 02.27.2011 / 6:42 PM ET / Recap
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Ellerby\'s Overtime Tally Lifts Amerks Over Crunch
(Rochester, February 27)… Keaton Ellerby netted an overtime beauty just a minute in that lifted the Rochester Americans over the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 this afternoon at The Blue Cross Arena. The win is the Amerks’ third straight in three days and they have tallied a point in their past nine of 10 games, tying them for fifth place in the American Hockey League’s North Division with the Abbotsford Heat. Rochester is now (28-27-3-3) overall, while with their loss, Syracuse slips to (20-32-3-4).

Ellerby (1+0) and second star Michael Dubuc (1+0) came through for the Amerks this afternoon, each scoring one apiece. Dubuc’s came after signing his second PTO with the team today. In his Rochester debut, Tim Kennedy also earned his first point in an Amerks uniform assisting on Dubuc’s goal. Chris Taylor reached a career milestone in the game, playing his 500th in the red, white, and blue uniform. Taylor makes one of six select Amerks players to have done so in his professional career. In his 12th straight start, Rochester goaltender Tyler Plante posted 40 saves, earning him first star honors.

Leading the Crunch today was Josh Green (1+0), who scored the sole goal for the club. Syracuse netminder and third star of the game J.P. Levasseur stopped 27 shots between the pipes.

The Amerks took control of the scoreboard just under midway through the opening period when Dubuc netted his second tally of the season. After Levasseur denied AJ Jenks’ (0+1) initial shot, Jenks sent the puck to Kennedy, who touched it briefly before it went to Dubuc’s stick. Dubuc then snapped a high-wrister from the top of the right circle and beat Levasseur high on the blocker side at 9:45.

The Crunch tied the game at one apiece when Green took advantage of the power play. Green scored on the give-and-go from Patrick Maroon (0+1). Green’s 10th goal of the season came at the 12:30 mark of the second period. Michael Duco was in the box for the Amerks on a boarding call.

Rochester was unable to respond to Green’s goal in regulation, so the two teams headed for five minutes of overtime. The winning play came within the first minute when Clay Wilson (0+1) wristed a shot against Levasseur, who shut him down. Mark Cullen (0+1) grabbed the rebound and sent it to the right circle where Ellerby was waiting. Ellerby then blasted the puck into the open net to give the Amerks a 2-1 victory over the Crunch just 1:01 into overtime, their third straight win.

The Amerks travel to Van Andel Arena on Friday, March 4th to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first of back-to-back tilts to kickoff their March slate. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk.

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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

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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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