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Brennan scores shootout winner as Amerks edge the Heat 3-2

Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 9:24 AM / News
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The Rochester Americans cooled off the Western Conference-leading Abbotsford Heat with a 3-2 shootout win Tuesday night at The Blue Cross Arena. The win was the Amerks\u2019 second in the past three games, improving them to 11-9-2-0 on the season, good for 10th spot in the West. David Leggio was perfect in the shootout, stopping all six Heat shooters before T.J. Brennan netted the game-winner in the sixth round. Frederick Roy and Luke Adam also scored in regulation for the Amerks.

ROCHESTER, NY --- The Rochester Americans cooled off the Western Conference-leading Abbotsford Heat with a 3-2 shootout win Tuesday night at The Blue Cross Arena. The win was the Amerks’ second in the past three games, improving them to 11-9-2-0 on the season, good for 10th spot in the West. David Leggio was perfect in the shootout, stopping all six Heat shooters before T.J. Brennan netted the game-winner in the sixth round. Frederick Roy and Luke Adam also scored in regulation for the Amerks.

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Leggio returned to the net after a two-game rest, turning aside 29 Heat shots in regulation for his 99th professional victory. Leggio leads all AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage in shootouts, stopping all but one of the 15 shooters he's faced this season.

Brennan, who shares the team lead in goals with nine, appeared to score in overtime but the goal was called off and the teams played on through the scoreless extra session. Brust also finished with 29 saves in the losing effort.

The Amerks broke a scoreless tie with 12:13 remaining in the second period when Roy converted a tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead. Marcus Foligno caused a Heat turnover in the corner and quickly sent the puck to Maxime Legault, who one-timed a pass to the top of the crease where Roy buried his second goal of the season.

Less than four minutes later the Heat responded as Dustin Sylvester raced down the wing and fired a wrister over Leggio’s shoulder to tie the game at 1-1 with 8:33 remaining in the second stanza. The unassisted goal was Sylvester’s sixth of the season.

Rochester regained the lead with 18 seconds remaining in the second period as Adam deflected Mark Pysyk’s shot from the point just as the Amerk power-play expired. The go-ahead goal was Adam’s second in as many games, which also extends his current point streak to three games.

Former Sabre Paul Byron scored 7:42 into the third period to knot the contest at two apiece. Byron finished off a 2-on-1 rush with Sylvester, who recorded his 12th point of the season and second of the night.

After a scoreless overtime, Brennan scored in the sixth round of the shootout to secure the win for Rochester.

Rochester makes its way to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday, Dec. 13. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the first of six meetings between the North Division rivals this season and will be broadcast 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

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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