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Pare's Three Goals Power Griffins Over Amerks, 5-2

Saturday, 03.05.2011 / 9:55 PM / Recap
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Pare\'s Three Goals Power Griffins Over Amerks, 5-2
(Rochester, NY)… Francis Pare scored three consecutive goals before the game was 40 minutes old to power the Grand Rapids Griffins over the Rochester Americans 5-2 this evening at Van Andel Arena. The win was the second in as many nights for the Griffins, who earn the two-game sweep over their North Division rivals to improve to 29-25-1-8 on the season. Rochester, coming off its three-game winning streak, falls to 29-29-3-3 as it returns to the cellar of the American Hockey League’s North Division.

Pare netted a natural hat trick in the first 39:29 of the game for the hometown Griffins, while Brendan Smith and Joakim Andersson assisted on two goals each. Grand Rapids goaltender Jordan Pearce stopped 27 of 29 to pick up his 10th win of the season.

Michael Duco and Mark Cullen each provided single tallies for the Amerks as Tyler Plante turned aside 37 shots in his 14th consecutive appearance between the pipes.

Pare notched his first of the game before the contest was even five minutes old to put the Griffins on top 1-0 at 4:56 of the opening frame. Andersson and Smith would pick up their first points of the night with helpers on the play as Grand Rapids preserved the one-goal advantage throughout the rest of the period.

Duco scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season 3:10 into the second stanza on the power-play to knot the game at one apiece. Clay Wilson extended his current point streak to five games with an assist on the goal.

Pare would respond at 7:41 to give his team the go-ahead goal, but the lead would be short-lived, however, as Cullen answered back just over a minute later with his third of the season to make it a 2-2 game. Hugh Jessiman and former Griffin Patrick Rissmiller each picked up assists on the goal, their second in as many nights.

Pare would complete the hat trick with just 31 seconds left in the second period to restore Grand Rapids’ one-goal lead. The goal would prove to be the eventual game-winner, giving the third-year pro more individual tallies on the evening than the Amerks combined.

Chris Minard’s 15th goal of the campaign at 16:56 of the final frame would provide Grand Rapids with a little breathing room and Tomas Tatar secured the 5-2 victory for the Griffins with an empty-netter in the final minute of regulation.

The Amerks return home on Friday, March 11th as they play host to the Toronto Marlies at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:35 p.m. North Division matchup will be broadcast 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
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 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 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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