Dennis the Menace!

October 21, 2006

(TORONTO) – For the second consecutive night the Rochester Americans faced 50-plus shots and managed to come out with a victory thanks to the stellar play of their goaltender. Craig Anderson turned aside 50 shots in a 3-1 win over Peoria last night while former London Knights’ star Adam Dennis was sensational in making 54 saves as the Amerks won by a 3-1 count for the second night in a row. The victory extends the season opening win streak for Rochester to six games while Toronto falls to 2-3-1 on the campaign.

With David Booth serving a Rochester bench penalty for too many men on the ice, Brad Leeb, following his two goal performance Friday, opened the scoring just 2:18 into the first period.  Leeb slid his own rebound past Adam Dennis on a play started by David Pszenyczny and Jaime Sifers. The assist marked Pszenyczny’s first professional point.

Dylan Hunter, a former teammate of Dennis’ in London, evened the score at just before the midway point of the first period when he deposited a wrist shot on a pass from Brandon Smith at 9:57 past Justin Pogge who was making his second start of the season. His record fell to 0-2 with the loss.

The Marlies only managed to register one shot in the first eleven minutes of the second period and saw Rochester take their first lead at 12:52 of the middle stanza when Drew Stafford banked a shot off of Pogge’s right pad from behind the goal line.

The Marlies fate may have been prematurely sealed when they failed to capitalize on a five on three two minute advantage late in the second period. Toronto managed five shots over that time frame but Dennis frustrated them to no end in helping the Americans gain all the momentum the visitors would need.
Toronto outshot Rochester 22-9 in the final period but the team was repeatedly turned away by Dennis as he stopped all twenty plus attempts in winning his second game of the season and earning first-star honours in the process. The Marlies host the Peoria Rivermen – AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues – for the lone time this season at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

First Period

1. TOR B. Leeb (3) (Pszenyczny, Sifers) 2:18 (PP)
2. ROC D. Hunter (2) (Smith, Stewart) 9:57

Second Period
3. ROC   D. Stafford (4) (Larman, MacArthur) 12:52

Third Period
4. ROC Stewart (1) (Paille) 19:24 (EN)          

TOR 55  ROC 24

Three Stars
1. ROC    Dennis # 29
2. TOR    Engelhardt # 18
3. TOR    Newbury # 17

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