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Rochester Americans Earn Split in First Two Playoff Games Vs. Chicago Wolves

April 27th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Rochester Americans split the two home games in their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Wolves and head to Illinois all tied up.

The best-of-five series opened Friday with a 4-3 overtime loss. The Amerks opened up a two-goal lead in the third period thanks to goals from Joel Armia, Nick Deslaureirs and Chad Ruhwedel. But the Wolves scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game to force overtime, then Dmitrij Jaskin beat Andrey Makarov 1:06 into overtime to give Chicago the win.

'Luke Adam' photo (c) 2012, grilled cheese - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Amerks bounced back Saturday, this time withstanding the late Wolves rush to take home a 3-2 win. Chicago secured a lead late in the first period, but second-period tallies by Colton Gillies and Ruhwedel gave the Amerks the lead. Adam scored the eventual game-winner early in the third, with Makarov making several key save among his 26 for the night to hold Chicago to one more goal and claim the win.

"It says a lot about this team," Ruhwedel said of Saturday's win and bouncing back from Friday's letdown. "This team doesn't want to lose."

Ruhwedel also had two assists over the first two games. Gillies had an assist Saturday. Makarov made 35 saves in Friday's loss. 

The win was Rochester's first since 2010. The Amerks were swept in 2012 and 2013, and they didn't qualify for the playoffs in the 2010-11 season.

Chicago will host the final three games of the series. Game three is Thursday.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Chad Ruhwedel, Chicago Wolves, Colton Gillies, Dmitrij Jaskin, Hockey, Joel Armia, NHL, Rochester Americans

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