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Leggio stops 48 shots to help Americans defeat Heat

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The Canadian Press
1/5/2013 12:53:47 AM
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- Rochester goaltender David Leggio was nearly unbeatable, making 48 saves as the Americans defeated the Abbotsford Heat 5-2 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Kevin Porter, Brian Flynn, Zemgus Girgensons, Nick Crawford and Mark Mancari scored for Rochester (17-12-3), while Leggio picked up an assist on Girgensons' goal.

Max Reinhart and Ben Walter replied for Abbotsford (16-10-7), and Barry Brust made 25 saves.

The Heat had the early pressure. Ben Walter beat Leggio but hit the inside of the post just two minutes into the game. Then, while outshooting the Americans 11-3, Carter Bancks set up Quinton Laing at the side of the net for what looked like a tap in, but Leggio just got his stick across to stop it.

However it was Rochester, on a power play at 2:31 of the second, that scored first. Mancari's point shot through a screen of bodies was deflected by Flynn and beat Brust over the shoulder.

After a brief pushback from Abbotsford, the visitors came back to make it 2-0. Girgensons drove hard to the net and just before being knocked into the netminder by defenceman Joe Callahan he lifted the puck over Brust's glove at 7:02.

Abbotsford didn't let up. Defenceman T.J. Brodie cut hard to the slot with about four minutes to go in the second period and fooled Leggio with a high backhander, but the puck grazed the crossbar and ricocheted out of danger.

The Heat finally beat the Americans' netminder, but did it shorthanded at 2:59 of the third. Paul Byron chipped the puck up to Reinhart and the rookie beat Leggio five-hole.

But on that same power play, the visitors restored their two-goal lead when Crawford's point shot found the back of the net. Then at 9:11 Mancari found Porter streaking to the net and hit him with a centring pass that the captain buried.

At 10:23 Walter narrowed the deficit back to two for Abbotsford, one-timing a feed from Brodie in the slot, before Mancari's empty netter finished off the scoring.

Rochester Americans (Photo: TSN)

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