The Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs in their final game of the year 4-1 at Copps Coliseum on Sunday. The Amerks came in, played their game and ensured the win that gave them the best possible chance at avoiding the Toronto Marlies in the first round of the playoffs.
“It was a big goal and a great play, Beattie made it and he went wide which took a couple guys to him and I just drove the net, and really my job was easy, he found me on the back side and I got it by them, and it was a good win for us and a nice building block for moving forward in the post season,” Amerks team captain Matt Ellis said of his go ahead goal in the second period which would turn out to be the game winner.
This season, the Marlies are 9-1 against the Amerks and by the end of Sunday, the Amerks found out that they will indeed by playing the Marlies in the first round of the playoffs.
“Were not worried about it, after tonight, everything goes back to zero-zero across the board, Toronto has been a tough team for us but in the playoffs it is a different game and everyone starts over, everyone gets a clean slate and we will get ready for whoever that may be,” Ellis said about not being concerned about playing the Toronto Marlies in the post season.
This season both the Amerks and Marlies finished with 43 wins on the season, the Amerks finished the season with a record of 43-29-3-1 while the Marlies finished with a record of 43-23-3-7.
Game one of the best of five series starts this Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.