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AMERKS RALLY FOR 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN OVER BARONS

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 10:26 AM / News
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AMERKS RALLY FOR 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN OVER BARONS
(Oklahoma City, OK)\u2026 For the second time in five games, Alex Biega has come up big in the shootout for the Rochester Americans.

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK)… For the second time in five games, Alex Biega has come up big in the shootout for the Rochester Americans. Facing a 2-0 deficit to the Oklahoma City Barons, the Amerks rallied back with a pair of late goals before completing the comeback with a crucial 3-2 shootout win over their interconference rivals Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center. The win snaps Rochester’s brief two-game skid and gives the Amerks a three-point separation over the Barons in the Western Conference standings.

Adam Pardy and Phil Varone each scored in regulation for the Amerks, setting the stage for Biega’s dramatic game-winner in the fifth round of the skills competition. Mark Mancari assisted on both goals to move into fourth in scoring in the AHL with a team-high 57 points (19+38), while Amerks goaltender David Leggio made 30 saves through regulation and overtime before denying all five Oklahoma City shooters in the shootout en route to his AHL-leading 32nd win of the season.

Curtis Hamilton and Anton Lander provided the scoring for the Barons in front of a 31-save effort from Yann Danis, who was playing his first game back in Oklahoma City following a recent three-game NHL stint with the Edmonton Oilers.

It took just 43 seconds after the opening face-off for Oklahoma City to strike first as Hamilton snuck his fourth of the season inside the left post to give the hometown Barons an early 1-0 lead. After chasing down Chris VandeVelde’s dump-in behind the Rochester net, Hamilton circled in front and tucked a shot between the near post and Leggio’s left foot before the Amerks netminder could get across his crease to make the save. Also earning an assist on the play was Andrew Hotham, who appeared in six games with the Amerks in 2010-11.

The second period began in similar fashion to that of the first with Oklahoma City using another quick start, this time needing the first 2:11 of the middle frame to increase its lead to 2-0. An inopportune line change by the Amerks allowed Toni Rajala to skate into the Rochester zone uncontested along the right wing boards. Rajala moved off the half-wall looking to shoot, but instead found Lander streaking in from the left side, giving the Barons a two-goal cushion.

Pardy jumpstarted the rally to bring the Amerks within a goal exactly five minutes later when his blast from the high slot made its way through traffic before finding the upper right corner. Patrick Rissmiller emerged with a loose puck from the right corner and left it for Pardy, who ultimately used a screen from Mancari to beat Danis high glove-side and make it a 2-1 game heading into the second intermission.

Rochester evened the contest 1:08 into the third period as Varone converted Mancari’s pass and sent it to the back of the net for his ninth of the season.

The teams played in lockdown mode for the next 18:52, but exchanged quality scoring chances in the latter stages of the third period with Leggio and Danis coming up with much-needed saves, including several in the overtime period. After a scoreless extra frame, the game went to the shootout, where Leggio stymied all five shooters for the Barons and Biega capped the 3-2 come-from-behind win with the lone goal in the fifth round.

The Amerks play their first of three straight games in the Lone Star State on Friday, March 22 as they face-off against the Texas Stars at the Cedar Park Center. Game time is slated for an 8:30 p.m. EST start 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