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Amerks Season Ends in Game 7 Loss to Heat

April 27, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Rochester Americans News Release

(Rochester, NY)... The Rochester Americans fell to the Abbotsford Heat 2-0 in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Playoffs tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win, Abbottsford will go on to meet the Hamilton Bulldogs in the second round of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Heat also became the first team in AHL history to start a series down 3-1 and then rally to win three straight games, with Games 6 and 7 on the road.

The loss may also have marked captain Rory Fitzpatrick's final game in an Amerks uniform; however Fitzpatrick left just 45 seconds into the game with an injury.

Tyler Plante was solid in the net for the Amerks, finishing the game with 38 saves, however the hometown team could not capitalize offensively in the series-ending game.

Plante had a busy first period, stopping 16 of 17 shots he faced, while former Amerk goaltender David Shantz only saw three shots after the first 20 minutes of play.

For the sixth time in the best-of-seven series, Abbotsford was the first to strike first as John Lammers made good on his one-timer at 12:58 for his second goal of the playoffs. Brett Sutter carried the puck into Rochester's zone along the left-wing boards and slid a cross-ice pass to Lammers, who in stride, beamed a low slap shot from just inside the blueline to give the Heat a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. The Heat outshot the Amerks 17-3 during the period.

The Heat extended their lead to 2-0 as Olivier Latendresse capitalized on an Amerks turnover and beat Plante on a breakaway for his first of the postseason. Rochester misplayed the puck at Abbotsford's blueline and Latendresse raced up the ice with it all alone, beating Plante high-glove side at 6:36 of the second stanza. Matt Pelech sent his teammate up the ice with a headman pass after it bumped off the stick of Jordan Henry and onto the tape of Lantendresse, who was in the clear for the goal.

Though getting their best chances in the third period, Rochester was still outshot 15-11 in the period and could not find the back of the net. For the game, the Amerks were outshot 40-24.

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