ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester goaltender David Leggio starred in regulation, overtime and then a shootout Friday night, leading the Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons before 6,288 fans at Blue Cross Arena.
Leggio helped Rochester (40-27-4) pick up two standings points, which might be the difference in a wild American Hockey League Western Conference playoff race. Oklahoma City (36-24-11) picked up one standings point for going into the overtime session, but Rochester, at No. 5, slipped past the No. 7 Barons as both teams started the game with 82 points. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, both teams are battling several others to finish in the conference's top eight.
Leggio was the difference for Rochester. He kept OKC from winning with 19.1 seconds left in regulation with a stretching pad save on Tanner House's attempt from the doorstep. Leggio added a sprawling glove save on Toni Rajala with 8.9 seconds remaining in overtime, a play that required video review by officials. The Amerks' goaltender then stopped all four Oklahoma City attempts in the shootout.
Johan Larsson and Colin Jacobs scored on OKC stopper Yann Danis, helping Rochester improve to 10-1 this season in shootouts.
Oklahoma City led once in the game, Tyler Pitlick scoring 14:51 into the game. The Amerks scored the next two goals, before Anton Lander tied it with 11:42 left in the game.
Oklahoma City continues its four-game road trip at 4 p.m. Sunday against the last-place Hamilton Bulldogs in Ontario, Canada.
PLANTE NAMED SPECIALTY MAN OF THE YEAR
Barons defenseman Alex Plante has been named the team's Specialty Man of the Year for his contributions to the Oklahoma City community and will be one of 30 finalists for the AHL Yanick Dupre Award.
One of six players who has played parts of all three seasons the Barons have been in Oklahoma City, Plante and other teammates have been actively involved in Special Olympics Oklahoma as part of the Barons Buddies program, which pairs a player with a Special Olympics athlete.
This season Plante was paired with Macey. The bond between the two extends beyond four organized events. Plante has actively been involved with Macey's family, including visits to her house on a regular basis and attending some of her occupational therapy classes.
Plante also volunteered to be part of a public service announcement that asks citizens to not use “the R word” when referring to Special Olympics athletes.
The Brandon, Manitoba, product also has been active the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association.
The winner of the AHL Man of the Year award will be announced on April 18. The award is named after Yanick Dupre, an AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia.