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AMERKS OPEN 2012-13 SEASON WITH 6-5 SHOOTOUT WIN OVER CRUNCH

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 10:00 PM / News
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AMERKS OPEN 2012-13 SEASON WITH 6-5 SHOOTOUT WIN OVER CRUNCH
The Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester was electric as the Rochester Americans opened the 2012-13 American Hockey League season with a 6-5 shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch. Veteran forward Mark Mancari scored the game-tying goal and fired the eventual winner in the fifth round of the skills competition that sent 8,859 Amerks fans into a frenzy.

The Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester was electric as the Rochester Americans opened the 2012-13 American Hockey League season with a 6-5 shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch. Veteran forward Mark Mancari scored the game-tying goal and fired the eventual winner in the fifth round of the skills competition that sent 8,859 Amerks fans into a frenzy.

Corey Tropp led the Amerks with two goals on the night, while Marcus Foligno (1+1) and Mancari (1+1) each contributed two points as well. Goalie David Leggio was stellar between the pipes, stopping 29 saves in regulation before denying all five shootout attempts from the Crunch, giving the opportunity for Mancari to win the game for the Amerks.

“It felt great,” said Leggio about being back in an energy filled Blue Cross Arena. “You could feel the energy as Mancari was going in for the shootout and when he scored the place erupted. Those are really great feelings as a player.”

Head coach Ron Rolston also thought the crowd gave his club the boost they needed.

“It was great to see the crowd. It was alive and they saw a great game.”

The Amerks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Corey Tropp buried a cross-ice pass from Cody Hodgson 24 seconds into the game.

The Crunch responded with a goal from Mark Barberio assisted by Vlad Namestnikov and Alex Killorn. Barberio’s shot from the top of the circle squeaked past Leggio to knot the game at one.

Tropp tallied his second goal of the night after redirecting a shot from the point and sliding it into the empty net. Tropp’s goal was assisted by Luke Adam and Drew Schiestel.

The offensive outburst continued less than a minute later as Foligno fired a wrister under Tokarski’s arm. Amerks captain Kevin Porter and Mancari assisted on the goal, making the score 3-1.

Rookie defenseman Mark Pysyk continued the Amerks scoring assault with a quick goal three minutes into the second period to record his first professional goal. Last season’s point leader Phil Varone assisted on the goal along with Evan Rankin.

With 45 seconds left in the period, the Crunch cut the score to 4-2 with a rebound goal by Mike Angelidis, who sparked a four-goal run for Syracuse.

The Crunch pulled within one early in the third period as Cory Conacher scored on a wrist shot from the top of the crease.

Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson gave the Crunch their first lead of the game with back-to-back tallies within a two-minute span, but the lead would be short-lived as Mancari found the top of the net with a power-play marker to level the game at five apiece.

After a scoreless overtime, Mancari secured the win for Rochester as the lone scorer in the shootout.

The Amerks travel north of the border to take on the defending Western Conference Champion Toronto Marlies on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Ricoh Coliseum. The 5:00 p.m. contest will be the first of 10 meetings this season between the North Division rivals and can be heard live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82