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Amerks eliminated from playoffs by Wolves






A highly-questionable call late in the second period led to the Rochester Americans' season coming to an end.

Amerks' forward Mikhail Grigorenko appeared to commit no error on a defensive play with 1:17 remaining in the second, but was called for hooking. The game-winning power play goal for the Chicago Wolves came shortly after on a cross-ice pass from Keith Aucoin to top Blues prospect Dmitrij Jaskin.

The Amerks put pressure on late in the third period, with a wrap-around by Grigorenko nearly tying the game, but Wolves' goaltender Jake Allen got his toe to the post just in time. Allen and the Wolves held on for the 4-2 win.

Chicago opened the scoring just 2:02 into the first period with a five-hole shot that beat Amerks' goaltender Andrey Makarov. The goal was created off a Chad Ruhwedel turnover at the blue line.

It took Rochester most of the period to knot up the game. With just under five minutes remaining in the first, the team's leading goal scorer during the regular season Luke Adam tied the game with a pass. He hit winger Brayden Irwin with a cross-ice pass to the door step and Irwin slammed it in. Irwin finished the year with 16 points in his final 15 games.

To open the second period, Adam gave the Amerks the lead. He toe-dragged a Chicago defender and whipped a wrist shot over the blocker of Allen.

The nightmare end of the second period for the Amerks proved to decide the series. Defenseman Nick Crawford took at holding penalty at with 4:21 remaining in the period, which opened the door for the Wolves to tie the game on a goal by defenseman Brett Regner.

Then, came the bizarro Grigornko penalty. During the entirety of the series, the young forward has been active in the corners with his stick, coming out of 1-on-1 battles with the puck. For whatever reason, the former first-round pick's stick work was called for a penalty.

The two sides played at a frantic pace for most of the third period. Both goalies made terrific saves to keep the difference at one. The Amerks came within a few inches several times, including on a Rasmus Ristolainen power play slap shot that was stopped by the pad of Allen.

The Wolves' goalie held off the Amerks until his team could pop in the empty-net goal, wrapping up the series three games to two.


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