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Taking A Commanding Lead

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

2010 Calder Cup Playoffs: First Round
Amerks Lead Series 3-1
GAME DATE TIME (EST) PLACE
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 Amerks 6, Heat 1
Game 5 04/23 10:00pm @Heat
Game 6* 04/25 5:05pm @Amerks
Game 7* 04/27 7:05pm @Amerks
* - if necessary
 
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Who says that one period can't be the difference.

The Amerks are one win away from the next round of the Calder Cup playoffs thanks to a huge effort from their power play and a strong second period.

Rochester took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series against Abbotsford as they cruised to a 6-1 victory as they scored four times in the second period. It was the second game in a row that they accomplished that feat.

Depending on how you look at it, the score could be a bit misleading, especially since the Heat outshot the Amerks 47-22. Or it could be looked at as being successful on the opportunities.

For the first time in the series, Rochester would strike first in the game. The American's leading scorer during the regular season, Jamie Johnson rebounded in Jason Garrison's blocked shot on a power play, the first of four on the night, 8:49 into the game. That came after Abbotsford had thrown everything at Tyler Plante to start the game.

“There were a lot of shots from outside,” coach Benoit Groulx said to Democrat and Chronicle's Kevin Okobzija. “But Tyler Plante was solid, too. They could have been up 2-zip.”

Plante would be beaten for the first and only time 4:14 into the second as Abbotsford's Josh Meyers beat him with a wrist shot.

From there on, it was all Rochester.

Jordan Henry would connect on his third of the series on a power play at 7:03 and then net his fourth just 1:18 later on a rush with Shawn Matthias and Mike York. With the second winding down, Garrison would sneak backdoor for the power play goal with 1:38 left on the clock. And just 28 seconds later, or 1:10 left on the clock, Michal Repik one-timed a Evgeny Dadonov pass into the back of the net for a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Chris Taylor would end the scoring for the night with yet another power play goal 4:43 into the third for the 6-1 victory.

“The power play has been key for us the whole series,” center Jeff Taffe said to Okobzija. “They’re a physical team and they’re going to try to wear us out. If we can take the extra hit to go on the power play, then it’s only going to help us.”

The two teams will meet in Game 5 on Friday in Abbotsford.

NOTES: Seven Amerks had at least two points on the night. Led by Taffe's three assists, Henry had the two goals, while Garrison, Johnson, Taylor and Repik had a goal and an assist and Matthias registered two assists...The power play went as follows. Rochester finished a ridiculous 4 for 6 (66.7%) and Abbotsford went 0 for 6...Rochester's defensemen (Henry - 4, Garrison - 2, Clay Wilson - 2, Keaton Ellerby - 1) have scored the same amount of goals as the entire Abbotsford Heat squad in the series.

1 2 3 F Scoring
Abbotsford 0 1 0 1 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)
Rochester 1 4 1 6

Strong Second Period Scorches Heat
The Rochester Americans used another four-goal second period to cruise to a 6-1 win in Game 4 over the Abbotsford Heat and take a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven North Division semifinals.
 
Amerks Take 3-1 Lead By Cooling Heat
By Kevin Okobzija for the Democrat And Chronicle

Since his father had made the trip from Milo, Alberta, to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Rochester Americans defenseman Jordan Henry figured the very least he could do was put on a show.

Henry scored back-to-back goals just 78 seconds apart in the second period — turning a 1-1 deadlock into a 3-1 lead — and the Amerks once again ran away to a 6-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat.
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