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AMERKS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH 5-1 WIN OVER HAMILTON

Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 10:00 PM / News
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AMERKS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH 5-1 WIN OVER HAMILTON
(Rochester, NY)\u2026 The Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night to clinch a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. It marks the second straight year the Amerks have qualified for the postseason and the 43rd playoff appearance in franchise history.

(ROCHESTER, NY)… The Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night to clinch a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. It marks the second straight year the Amerks have qualified for the postseason and the 43rd playoff appearance in franchise history.

The Amerks’ opponent and schedule for the first round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs have not yet been determined, but tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 22. Individual game tickets for home games during the Amerks’ first round series will start at $17 per game for 200 Level End/Balcony seats ($19 if purchased day of game). Seats in 200 Level premium sections will be priced at $20 per game ($22 if purchased day of game), and Lower Bowl tickets will be available for $22 per game ($24 if purchased day of game). Groups of 10 or more people can purchase tickets in any seating location for just $16 apiece per game.

Playoff Strips for Rounds One and Two are still available to current Season Ticket Holders until Wednesday, April 24. Playoff strips allow Season Ticket Holders to purchase their same seat location for the entirety of the playoffs. Season Ticket Holders can contact the Amerks Ticket Office at 1-855-GO-AMERKS to take advantage of Playoff Strips.

Forwards Phil Varone (1+2) and Luke Adam (1+2) each finished with three points on the night while Dan Catenacci, making his professional debut, picked up his first pro points with a goal and an assist. Defenseman Nick Bailen registered the first multi-point game of his career with two assists on the night, and goaltender David Leggio stopped 29 of 30 shots to earn the win. Maxime Legault and Evan Rankin (1+1) rounded out the scoring for Rochester, while Olivier Archambault scored the lone Hamilton goal.

In a first period that featured multiple power play chances for both teams, the Amerks scored the only marker on a goal by Adam. With the Amerks skating on a 4-on-3 advantage, Varone set Bailen up for a one-timer, and the rookie out of RPI blasted a shot through traffic that Adam tipped in past Hamilton goalie Dustin Tokarski to give Rochester a 1-0 lead at 18:41 of the opening period.

The Amerks extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second period as Catenacci scored his first career goal at 3:31 of the middle frame. Varone picked up his second assist of the night as Catenacci tipped in his shot after Varone had collected a drop pass from Rankin and quickly snapped it on net.

Archambault got Hamilton on the board later in the second period with his first AHL goal. The rookie sprinted up the middle of the ice, through the neutral zone and in on Leggio with two Amerk defenders in close pursuit. Patrick Rissmiller was able to catch Archambault and poked the puck off the Bulldog forward’s stick, but the puck hit a skate and bounced right back to Archambault, who regained possession at the top of the crease and swept it past Leggio for the goal.

Rochester went back up by two goals at 12:57 of the second period as Varone scored to record his third point of the night. Bailen wound up for a slap shot from the right point, but instead of shooting, passed across to Adam at the left face-off dot. Adam then fired a slap shot that trickled through Tokarski and came to rest in the crease. Varone was there to quickly pounce on the loose puck and slam it home for the goal.

Rochester tacked on two more goals in the third period as Adam set up Legault on a 2-on-1 to make it a 4-1 game. Rankin then capped things off on another 2-on-1 rush, capitalizing on a feed from Catenacci.

The Amerks will bring the 2012-13 regular season to a close on Sunday, April 21 when they travel to Hamilton to face-off with the Bulldogs again. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. with all the action on Sports 1280 WHTK.

AMERKS 2012-13 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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