How many shots do you need to win a hockey game? Realistically you only need one – the one that allows the game winning goal. The Rochester Americans were only able to muster 14 shots against the Syracuse Crunch last night. Half of their shots came in the third period – the second half of the third period.
Syracuse countered with 38 shots, peppering David Leggio from all angles. Syracuse showed the Rochester Americans why they are one of the top teams in the American Hockey League this year.
Unfortunately for the Crunch, David Leggio stood tall in the net and met the challenge for all 38 shots. The Amerks got lucky on a few occasions – Syracuse had a number of quality scoring chances – one that rang off the pipe, bounced off Leggio, and just trickled wide of the net.
At the end of the night though – Rochester was able to ride Leggio in for the win.
Rochester had a great chance to make it 2-0 in the final few minutes of play, and a hard shot from the point stunned Crunch goalie Riku Helenius. Helenius was able to make it to the bench for the extra attacker – but it was a chore for him to get up after the shot and make it to the bench. During the Crunch timeout – he was seen hunched over on the bench.
The lone goal for the Rochester Americans was scored by Rick Schofield.