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McCormick scores twice, Leggio makes 44 saves, Americans blank Heat 5-0

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 11:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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McCormick scores twice, Leggio makes 44 saves, Americans blank Heat 5-0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Centre Cody McCormick scored his first two goals of the season 17 seconds apart in the first period to get the Rochester Americans started on a 5-0 victory over the Abbotsford Heat in AHL play Friday.

Brayden McNabb made it 3-0 late in the second period, and Nick Tarnasky and Luke Adam completed the scoring in the third.

David Leggio made 44 shots for the shutout.

The Americans (30-22-3) have won three in a row, to move three points back of first place Toronto in the North Division.

Leland Irving allowed two goals on four shots for the Heat (27-25-8), and was replaced by Danny Taylor, who finished with 19 saves.

The loss was Abbotsford's third in a row

Rochester scored on 3 of 8 power plays, while Abbotsford was 0 for 5.

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