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AMERKS HOLD OFF BULLDOGS FOR 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN

Friday, 11.02.2012 / 11:00 PM / News
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AMERKS HOLD OFF BULLDOGS FOR 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN
(Rochester, NY)\u2026 Rookie forward Zemgus Girgensons scored his first professional goal and David Leggio combined for 29 saves in regulation and overtime to help the Rochester Americans earn a 3-2 shootout win in front of 6,026 fans over the North Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena.

(Rochester, NY)… Rookie forward Zemgus Girgensons scored his first professional goal and David Leggio combined for 29 saves in regulation and overtime to help the Rochester Americans earn a 3-2 shootout win in front of 6,026 fans over the North Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena.

Marcus Foligno sealed the victory with the game-winner in the fourth round of the skills competition while Leggio stopped three of four shooters to help the Amerks claim their sixth win in the last seven games, including three straight at home.

Rochester surrendered a 2-0 lead as Hamilton rallied with a pair of third period goals from Brendan Gallagher and Darryl Boyce to force overtime, but Phil Varone and Brian Flynn would find the back of net to set the stage for Foligno’s winner.

“It was that type of game. It was a hard-working, scrappy game to get and that’s hockey, you just got to grind it out.” Leggio said.

The Amerks opened the scoring 6:31 into the contest as Girgensons deflected Alex Biega’s shot from the point to give Rochester a 1-0 lead. The assist would mark Biega’s fourth in his last three games.

After a scoreless middle frame, Rochester needed only 34 seconds on the man-advantage as team captain Kevin Porter put the Amerks up by a pair with his fourth goal of the season at just 2:02 into the third period. Mark Mancari feathered a pass to Porter in the low slot, but the puck caromed off his skate and past Hamilton goaltender Robert Mayer for his third tally in as many games.

Gallagher put the Bulldogs on the board just 41 seconds later, redirecting Brendon Nash’s shot from the point over the right shoulder of Leggio to cut Rochester’s lead in half.

Hamilton knotted the game with four minutes left in regulation as Boyce pounced on Mike Blunden’s rebound and tucked the puck just inside the near post for the equalizer to push the contest into extra time.

An uneventful overtime session would require a shootout to determine the winner and the Amerks would convert on three of their four opportunities to stave off Hamilton’s late-game comeback attempt.

The same two teams will meet again on Saturday, Nov. 3 as the home-and-home series shifts back across the border for a 7:00 p.m. bout at Copps Coliseum. Fans can tune in for all the live action on Sports 1280 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