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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.

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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
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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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
 
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A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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