Amerks Win Gives Them a Commanding 3-1 Series Lead

The Rochester Americans lit up the scoreboard on Wednesday night with four power play goals in a 6-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.  Rochester could win the series with a win on Friday night.  Ever since the game one loss last Thursday I don’t think anyone would have predicted the Amerks would be scoring goals like they are.

Well, David Shantz has been the starting goalie for the Heat so it’s not that far fetched.

Tyler Plante stopped 46 of 47 shots on Wednesday night.

The Amerks have outscored the Heat 18-6 since last Thursday and just about every player on the Amerks roster is producing points in this series.  They’re playing the way a team should play in the playoffs.  Ignoring game one, they’ve done a decent job not taking as many dumb penalties.  They’ve scored big goals in the second period to build leads.  They’ve had strong goaltending.  They’ve played physical and proved that they could not be pushed around.

The chemistry that this team had back in October as they won game after game is back.

Here’s the scoring:

1. RCH Johnson, (1) (Garrison, Matthias), 8:49 (PP)
2. ABB Meyers, (1) (Backlund, Sutter), 4:14
2. RCH Henry, (3) (Johnson, York), 7:03 (PP)
2. RCH Henry, (4) (Matthias, Taffe), 8:21
2. RCH Garrison, (2) (Taylor, Taffe), 18:22 (PP)
2. RCH Repik, (1) (Dadonov, Brine), 18:50
3. RCH Taylor, (1) (Repik, Taffe), 4:43 (PP)

For a complete recap of the game check out Kevin’s live blog here.  He’ll probably have a post up soon as well with post game thoughts and quotes.

Rochester Americans 6 At Abbotsford Heat 1 – Status: Unofficial Final
Apr 21, 2010 – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre

Rochester 1 4 1 – 6
Abbotsford 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Rochester, Johnson 1 (Garrison, Matthias), 8:49 (pp). Penalties-Repik Rch (boarding), 5:55; Backlund Abb (cross-checking), 7:01; Mink Rch (high-sticking), 17:35.

2nd Period-2, Abbotsford, Meyers 1 (Backlund, Sutter), 4:14. 3, Rochester, Henry 3 (Johnson, York), 7:03 (pp). 4, Rochester, Henry 4 (Matthias, Taffe), 8:21. 5, Rochester, Garrison 2 (Taylor, Taffe), 18:22 (pp). 6, Rochester, Repik 1 (Dadonov, Brine), 18:50. Penalties-Meyers Abb (hooking), 6:07; Wilson Rch (tripping), 9:31; Latendresse Abb (holding), 10:58; Henry Rch (tripping), 14:40; Pelech Abb (interference), 17:41.

3rd Period-7, Rochester, Taylor 1 (Repik, Taffe), 4:43 (pp). Penalties-Duco Rch (kneeing), 1:28; Watt Abb (interference), 3:37; Pelech Abb (cross-checking), 5:47; Roy Rch (holding), 13:17; MacIntyre Rch (fighting), 19:51; Watt Abb (fighting), 19:51.

Shots on Goal-Rochester 4-12-6-22. Abbotsford 23-12-12-47.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 4 of 6; Abbotsford 0 of 6.
Goalies-Rochester, Plante 2-0-0 (47 shots-46 saves). Abbotsford, Shantz 1-1-0 (22 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Frederic L’Ecuyer (48).
Linesmen-Trevor Boudreau (60), Trent Knorr (91).