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Amerks Burn Heat For Eight

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

2010 Calder Cup Playoffs: First Round
Amerks Lead Series 2-1
Game 1 04/15 Heat 3, Amerks 2
Game 2 04/17 Amerks 4, Heat 1
Game 3 04/19 Amerks 8, Heat 4
Game 4 04/21 10:00pm @Heat
Game 5 04/23 10:00pm @Heat
Game 6* 04/25 5:05pm @Amerks
Game 7* 04/27 7:05pm @Amerks
* - if necessary
Looking for that all important win in Game 3 to take an advantage in their series, Rochester found themselves in a familiar position.

Down after the first period of play.

But just like Game 2, Rochester roared back and opened up their offense on their way to an 8-4 victory over the Heat and a 2-1 series lead.

The Heat got on the board early, just 1:44 into the game as Mikael Backlund got the power play goal. They would double it up with 2:04 left in the frame when Jon Rheault beat Tyler Plante with a rebound. Clay Wilson would finally get the Amerks on the board with a shot from the slot with 1:03 left in the period. Jason Garrison set up Wilson for the first of three assists by the blueliner.

Behind, Rochester would score four unanswered in the second to take a 5-2 lead into the final 20 minutes.

“As the period went along, we really played well,” Amerks head coach Benoit Groulx said to Kevin Okobzija of the Democrat And Chornicle. “They weren’t able to establish their forecheck because we were playing much better in the neutral zone.”

Playing with all kinds of confidence, Shawn Matthias would net the first of two 8:03 in with a one-timer from Mike York. All five Amerks would touch the puck on the play.

“You couldn’t ask for a better looking goal,” Matthias told Okobzija. “We’re a hard team to beat when we have the puck like that along the boards and down low.”

Then on a powerplay, Jordan Henry buried an attempt at the 10:01 mark. Wilson would net his second of the game at 13:54 while Graham Mink scored with eight seconds left in the period.

“To me, that killed them,” Groulx said of the Mink goal. “We had a faceoff with 10 or 12 seconds left and with that line if they get the puck on the net, they have a good chance to score.”

With a three-goal lead in the third, Rochester was comfortably ahead. After Brett Sutter would make it 5-3, 3:32 in before Matthias (6:04), Mink (7:47) and Keaton Ellerby (8:09) scored three straight for Rochester in a 2:05 span to put them ahead 8-3. Sutter would scored his second of the contest with 7:37 left on a Heat power play.

“Shawn was a big factor in the games in Rochester and tonight with York and (Jeff) Taffe, those three were our best line,” said Groulx to Okobzija.

NOTES: Matthias led the scoring for Rochester with four points (2-2) while Mink (2-1), Garrison (0-3) and York (0-3) had three points each...Matthias and York finishes tied with a plus-5...It was the first time since May 9, 2000 (8-4 win over Hershey) that the Amerks tallied eight goals in a playoff game.

1 2 3 F Scoring
Abbotsford 2 0 2 4 1. ABB Backlund (1) (Weller, Lammers), 1:44 (PP)
1. ABB Rheault (1) (Pelech, Murray), 17:56
1. RCH Wilson (1) (Garrison, Taylor), 18:57
2. RCH Matthias (1) (York, Taffe), 8:03
2. RCH Henry (2) (Mink, York), 10:01 (PP)
2. RCH Wilson (2) (Matthias, York), 13:54
2. RCH Mink (2) (Johnson, Garrison), 19:52
3. ABB Sutter (1) (Baldwin, Seabrook), 3:32
3. RCH Matthias (2), 6:04
3. RCH Mink (3) (Garrison), 7:47
3. RCH Ellerby (1) (Matthias), 8:09
3. ABB Sutter (2) (Wahl, Backlund), 12:23 (PP)
Rochester 1 4 3 8

Amerks Turn Up The Heat In Final Two Periods
Despite falling behind early to a 2-0 deficit, the Rochester Americans erupted with eight goals, including four unanswered in the second period, en route to an 8-4 win over the Abbotsford Heat in Game 3 of the North Division semifinals.
Amerks Surge Past Heat
By Kevin Okobzija for the Democrat And Chronicle

The Rochester Americans spotted the Abbotsford Heat a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes — and then romped to an 8-4 win on Monday.

Shawn Matthias, Clay Wilson and Graham Mink each scored two goals and Mike York assisted on three as the Amerks took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round Calder Cup playoff series.
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