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AMERKS OPEN TEXAS SWING WITH 2-1 LOSS TO STARS

Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 9:33 AM / News
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AMERKS OPEN TEXAS SWING WITH 2-1 LOSS TO STARS
(Austin, TX)\u2026 The Rochester Americans opened their three-game trek through the Lone Star State with a 2-1 loss to the Western Conference-leading Texas Stars Friday night at the Cedar Park Center in downtown Austin. With the loss, the Amerks fall to 33-25-3-1 on the season and are 1-2-0-0 on their current season-long five-game road swing.

(AUSTIN, TX)… The Rochester Americans opened their three-game trek through the Lone Star State with a 2-1 loss to the Western Conference-leading Texas Stars Friday night at the Cedar Park Center in downtown Austin. With the loss, the Amerks fall to 33-25-3-1 on the season and are 1-2-0-0 on their current season-long five-game road swing.

Veteran forward Mark Mancari continued to find the scoresheet, netting the lone goal for the Amerks, while goaltender David Leggio stopped 39 of 41 shots in his 53rd start between the pipes this season. Despite the setback, though, Rochester, which entered the game with the AHL’s top penalty kill, successfully killed off all seven Texas power-play opportunities, including a two-man disadvantage late in the middle frame.

Scott Glennie and Luke Gazdic led the way for the hometown Stars, who also received a 29-save effort from Richard Bachman as Texas moved atop the AHL standings with a league-best 85 points.

Texas opened the scoring 3:24 into the contest after a goal-mouth scramble led to Glennie’s third goal of the season with assists from Taylor Vause and Francis Wathier. After making two point-blank saves on Vause, Glennie picked up the rebound at the top of the crease and was able to poke it through the outstretched legs of Leggio on his second whack to give the Stars an early 1-0 advantage.

The Amerks scored short-handed late in the opening period as Mancari’s team-leading 20th goal of the season made it a 1-1 game heading into the first intermission. Phil Varone made a great play to bump his defender off the puck in the near corner, and as he circled behind the Texas net, he spotted Mancari in the low slot for a one-timer to the upper right corner with just six seconds remaining in the period. With the goal, which gives Mancari 15 points (5+10) over his last 11 games, the eighth-year pro becomes the first Amerk this season to reach the 20-goal mark, a feat he’s accomplished in each of his last seven seasons.

The Stars regained the lead midway through the second stanza on Gazdic’s deflection of William Wrenn’s blast from the point at 9:16. Bretton Cameron jumped on a loose puck at center ice and skated into Rochester’s zone looking to set up Wrenn with a one-timer from just inside the blueline. Leggio had the initial bid in his sights, but Gazdic, who was camped at the left post, redirected Wrenn’s shot under the crossbar to put Texas back up 2-1.

Rochester continues its trudge across the Lone Star State on Saturday, March 23 as the Amerks take on the Houston Aeros in a Western Conference showdown at the Toyota Center. The 8:05 p.m. EST matchup will be the second and final meeting between the two teams this season 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