The Rochester Americans forced their way into a do-or-die game Sunday by winning a do-or-die game Friday.
Down two games to one, the Amerks got four points from Joel Armia as they thrashed the Chicago Wolves, 7-2. The game evened their first-round AHL playoff series at two games each and forced a decisive game five at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Amerks got all the offense they needed in the first period. Armia opened the scoring and scored the eventual game-winner 8:44 into the period. Nick Crawford and Brayden Irwin also has first-period tallies to give the Buffalo Sabres' top farm team a 4-1 after one period.
Frederick Roy, who made his AHL playof debut Friday, and Irwin added goals in the second period. John Larsson added a third-period tally to close the scoring.
The Amerks responded strongly Friday after coming off a 4-0 loss Thursday in game three.
"It's a big rule in the playoffs. You just have to forget the last game and concentrate on the next game," said Armia, who added two assists Friday.
Andrey Makarov stopped 28 of 30 shots Friday to earn the win. Kevin Porter had three assists for Rochester, which got its highest playoff goal output in four years.
"That's kind of what happens when your backs are against the wall," Porter said. "We played well from the first shift to the last."
The winner of Sunday's game plays the Texas Stars in round two of the AHL playoffs. Buffalo-area fans can watch game five on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. A win would give them their first playoff series victory since the 204-05 season.Tags: AHL, Andrey Makarov, Brayden Irwin, Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Wolves, Frederick Roy, Hockey, Joel Armia, Kevin Porter, NHL, Nick Crawford, Rochester Americans, Texas Stars