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AMERKS UPENDED IN 3-2 LOSS TO ABBOTSFORD

Friday, 11.16.2012 / 10:00 PM / News
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AMERKS UPENDED IN 3-2 LOSS TO ABBOTSFORD
(Rochester, NY)\u2026 The Rochester Americans\u2019 two-game win streak came to an end Friday night as the Amerks dropped a 3-2 decision to the Abbottsford Heat in front of 7,579 fans at The Blue Cross Arena.

(Rochester, NY)… The Rochester Americans’ two-game win streak came to an end Friday night as the Amerks dropped a 3-2 decision to the Abbottsford Heat in front of 7,579 fans at The Blue Cross Arena.

The first-place Heat, who came into tonight’s matchup with a league-leading 21 points, spoiled the home debut of rookie goaltender Connor Knapp as former Buffalo Sabres draft pick Paul Byron broke a 2-2 standstill with the eventual game-winner midway through the final frame. Knapp, who made just his second start of the season, turned aside 18 of Abbotsford’s 21 shots.

The power-play duo of Brayden McNabb and T.J. Brennan continued to pour in points for the Amerks. McNabb lit the lamp for the first time this season, while Brennan assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to four games. Rookie forward Brian Flynn also added an assist, improving his point streak to a career-long six games.

The Amerks jumped out to an early lead when Phil Varone scored top-shelf just four minutes into the opening frame. Defenseman Mark Pysyk broke up the Abbottsford rush and set up Varone, who cut to the net and roofed it for a 1-0 lead.

The Heat pulled even early in the second stanza as Quintin Laing swatted home a loose puck past Knapp at 15:56 to make it a 1-1 game. Laing deposited the tying goal off a centering pass from Ben Street.

Abbotsford took its first lead of the night late in the second period when Sven Baertschi jumped on Roman Horak’s rebound for the go-ahead goal at 13:36. After Knapp made the initial save on Horak, Baertschi corralled the loose puck in the low slot and buried it to give the Heat a 2-1 lead.

The Amerks fought back to tie the game early in the third with a power-play goal from McNabb. Brennan sent a cross-ice pass to McNabb, who patiently moved into the high slot and wristed a shot over Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving’s glove for the equalizer.

The Heat took a 3-2 lead midway through the third period when Brady Lamb ripped a shot from the point, but the rebound would bounce right to Byron, who sent it to the back of the net from the top of the crease.

Rochester wraps the weekend up on Saturday, Nov. 17 as it heads to the southern tier to clash with the Binghamton Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the second of eight meetings between the intrastate rivals and will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK.

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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