AMERKS COMEBACK IN DRAMATIC FASHION TO TAKE GAME 1 FROM SENATORS IN OVERTIME Thriller

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May 5, 2022

Trailing 3-0 going into the third half, America’s Rochester (1-0) scored three goals in the previous quarter Arttu Ruotsalainen steered home the match winners with 3:06 remaining in overtime to end a thrilling win over the Belleville Senators (0-1) in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-three series Wednesday at The Blue Cross Arena.

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Game 2 between the two teams is set for Friday in Belleville with the Amerks now one win away from winning their first playoff series for the first time since the 2005 postseason.

AMERKS COMPLETE COMEBACK IN OVERTIME

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The extra-time win was the first outside of Rochester rules in the postseason since Amerks’ 4-3 Game 7 win in the first-round series against Syracuse on May 1, 2004 and the first playoff win since the team’s 7-2 win in Game 4 of the opening round series against Chicago in May 2, 2014. During the regular season in a head-to-head draw with the Senators, both teams played in three out-of-rule decided matches with Rochester showing a 3-3-1-1 record.

defender Casey Fitzgerald (1+1) records his first career multi-point attempt in the playoffs as rookie advances JJ Peterka and Peyton Krebs both count a pair of helpers in victory. Luke Rousek and Jimmy Schuldt both added goals in the third period before Ruotsalainen completed a comeback at the 16:54 mark in extra time. Ethan Prow, Brandon Bureau and Josh Teves all registered assists.

Goalkeeper Arron Dell made 24 saves in his eighth career AHL Calder Cup Playoff appearance. The veteran netminder allowed Belleville’s final goal at 12:58 in the second before closing the game for more than 30 minutes.

Forward Andrew Agozzino had two assists while Dillon Heatherington, Rourke Chartier and Cole Reinhardt all scored in the overtime loss. Netminder Filip Gustavsson made his postseason debut, and despite stopping 28 of the 32 shots he faced, he suffered a loss.

Having managed to kill a second penalty of the night, Rochester moved up the board 3:13 to third as Rousek found himself alone in front of Gustavsson. The rookie forward collected crosses from Peterka and Biro before firing his shot past the netminder block.

Faced with a two-goal deficit, Schuldt buried a pass from the left circle with 6:41 remaining to make it 3-2.

Three minutes after Schuldt’s goal, Fitzgerald received a pass from Krebs to Gustavsson’s left. Before shooting at goal that tied the game to force extra time, Fitzgerald dragged a Senator skater’s leg as he made his way towards the front of the fold.

In extra time with an even score of 3-3, Amerks had the ball in the previous offensive zone Mark Jankowski slide past the wall to the top point to Prow. The veteran blueliner gave the chip to Teves on the left, who after walking the line, fired a shot into the box where Ruotsalainen directed it behind the netminder to give Rochester a 4-3 win.

The lead was Amerks’ first and only one of the game as Belleville scored twice in the first half and again in the second half to take a 3-0 advantage before Rochester scored four straight unanswered goals to shock the Senators and snatch Game 1 .

The series shifts north of the border for Game 2 on Friday, May 6 at CAA. The opening will be at 19.00 and will be broadcast live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM The Fan Rochester and AHLTV. If necessary, the decisive Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 15:00

BELEVILLE

GAME CENTER

ROCHESTER

Reinhardt (1), Heatherington (1), Chartier (1)

GOAL CREATOR

Rousek (1), Schuldt (1), Fitzgerald (1), Ruotsalainen (1 – OT GWG)

Gustavsson – 28/32 (L)

GALTENDER

Dell – 24/27 (W)

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POWER PLAY

0-2

2-2

KILL PENALTY

2-2

27

Shot on goal

32

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