04/21/2013 5:26 PM
Hamilton, Ontario – The Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,546 fans at Copps Coliseum. Matt Ellis scored the game-winner and Matt Hackett stopped 30 of 31 shots for the Americans.
The Americans opened the scoring at 6:52 of the opening frame as Luke Adam snapped a shot from the left circle which was tipped by Maxime Legault at the bottom of the circle past Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 4:39 of the second period on the power play as Frederic St-Denis wired a wrist shot from the right circle past Hackett.
Rochester took the lead at 12:50 of the second stanza as Jason Beattie threw a pass from the right corner to Ellis in the slot who deked around Gervais-Chouinard and slid it in.
At 17:47 of the third frame Dan Catenacci went flying down the right side and dished a pass to Phil Varone in the slot who buried the puck by Gervais-Chouinard. Frederick Roy added the empty netter for the Amerks at 18:06 of the third period. The Americans outshot the Bulldogs 37-31.
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1. RCH – Maxime Legault – 11 – (Luke Adam, Alex Biega) – 6:52
2. HAM – Frederic St-Denis – 7 – (Greg Pateryn, Alex Belzile) – 4:39 (PP)
3. RCH – Matt Ellis – 7 – (Jason Beattie, Rick Schofield) – 12:50
4. RCH – Phil Varone – 11 – (Dan Catenacci, Evan Rankin) – 17:47
5. RCH – Frederick Roy – 8 – (Luke Adam) – 18:06 (EN)
Rochester: Matt Hackett (W - 31 shots, 30 saves)
Hamilton: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (L - 36 shots, 33 saves)
1. RCH – Matt Hackett (30 saves)
2. HAM – Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (33 saves)
3. RCH – Matt Ellis (1 goal, +1, 2 shots)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Alex Belzile