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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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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