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AMERKS KNOCK OFF THE CRUNCH, 4-1

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:17 AM / News
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AMERKS KNOCK OFF THE CRUNCH, 4-1
(Syracuse, NY)\u2026The Rochester Americans defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 at the War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday night as four different players scored goals for the Amerks. With the win, the Amerks are now 3-1-0-0 against the Crunch this season.

(Syracuse, NY)…The Rochester Americans defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 at the War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday night as four different players scored goals for the Amerks. With the win, the Amerks are now 3-1-0-0 against the Crunch this season.

T.J. Brennan led the way for the Amerks with a goal and an assist, while Rick Schofield, Nick Tarnasky and Kevin Porter also scored for Rochester, which won for the third time in its last five games. Alex Biega added two assists and goaltender David Leggio, making his eighth consecutive start, turned aside 41 shots to earn the victory.

Brett Connolly scored the lone Syracuse goal while Crunch goaltender Riku Helenius made 27 saves.

The teams traded scoring chances during a scoreless first period, with the best chance coming off the stick of Amerks forward Maxime Legault, who rang a shot off the crossbar. The play went to video review by the referee, who confirmed that the puck never crossed the goal line.

Rochester took a 1-0 lead at the 5:11 mark of the second period when Schofield, who played for the Crunch last season, scored his fourth goal of the year. After Helenius stopped a shot by Kevin Sundher, Schofield found the rebound in the slot and backhanded it into the top left corner of the net.

Tarnaksy gave the Amerks a 2-0 lead later in the second period when he scored on the power play to extend his point streak to four games. Nick Crawford battled for the puck on the right half-wall and fed a pass to Tarnasky, who skated in on Helenius and fired from the bottom of the face-off circle through the goaltender’s five-hole for his eighth of the season. Brian Flynn also assisted on the goal.

Brett Connolly got Syracuse on the board at 6:34 of the third period. With the Crunch skating on a power play, a scramble in front of the Amerks net resulted in Connolly knocking in a loose puck. Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat collected the assists on the power play goal.

After Syracuse cut the deficit in half, the Amerks responded with two goals to give themselves a three-goal cushion and would hang on for the 4-1 win. First, Porter beat Helenius for his 11th goal of the season off assists from Brennan and Biega. Later in the period, with the Amerks skating on a two-man advantage, Brennan blasted a one-timer over the goaltender’s left shoulder for his 14th goal of the season. Mark Mancari and Luke Adam assisted on the insurance goal.

The Amerks return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 as Rochester heads to the southern tier for the sixth of eight meetings with the Binghamton Senators this season. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. 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