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Griffins Power Play Dooms Amerks In 3-1 Loss

Saturday, 03.19.2011 / 10:32 PM ET / Recap
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Griffins Power Play Dooms Amerks In 3-1 Loss
(Rochester Amerks)
(Rochester, NY)… The Grand Rapids Griffins accounted for two first-period power-play goals en route to a 3-1 win over the Rochester Americans tonight at Van Andel Arena. The contest was the final meeting this season between the North Division rivals as Rochester dropped its third straight to the Griffins and its sixth in its last seven games to fall to 30-33-3-3 on the campaign.

Tomas Tatar netted a pair of goals for the hometown Griffins, while Chris Minard (1+1) and Jamie Tardif (0+2) each notched two points apiece. Jordan Pearce stopped 25 of 26 shots to collect his 18th win of the season.

Rochester netminder Tyer Plante turned aside 33 of 35 shots in the losing effort as Bill Thomas scored the lone goal for the visiting Amerks.

The Griffins opened the scoring just over five minutes into the contest with Tatar’s first of the night and 20th of the season on the power-play at 5:34. Grand Rapids needed all but 35 seconds on the man-advantage to take a 1-0 lead after Amerks defenseman Paul Baier took an interference penalty at 4:59. Ilari Filpula and Tardif assisted on the play as the Griffins outshot Rochester 24-8 through the first 20 minutes of play.

Grand Rapids doubled its lead later in the frame, again on the power-play, as Minard potted his 17th goal of the season to put his team up by a pair. Similar to their first tally, the Griffins required only 30 seconds of the man-up opportunity this time to extend their lead to 2-0. Cory Emmerton and Derek Meech earned the helpers on the goal scored at 15:59.

After a scoreless middle stanza, Rochester was finally able to cut its deficit in half as Thomas’ 12th of the season brought the Amerks back within one. Mark Cullen recorded the only assist on the goal at 10:13 midway through the third period.

With Plante on the bench in a last-minute attempt to knot the game and force overtime, Tatar added his second of the night in the game’s final 10 seconds with an empty-netter to deny Rochester’s bid for a comeback and secure the 3-1 win for the Griffins.

Rochester remains on the road as they visit the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday, March 22nd for a North Division showdown at Quicken Loans Arena. 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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