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

Saturday, 03.5.2011 / 9:55 PM ET / 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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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

STATS

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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