Rochester rests as Moose, Leafs battle

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

While the Manitoba Moose and St. John's Maple Leafs continue to slug it out, the Rochester Americans have a few days off.

The Americans, who led the American Hockey League with 112 points this season, scored three third-period goals for the second consecutive game to complete a 4-0 sweep over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday night in the other North Division semifinal.

The winner of the Moose/Maple Leafs series will open the North Division final in Rochester, N.Y. on Wednesday.

Americans captain Chris Taylor led the offensive attack in the series with one goal and seven points. Paul Gaustad had four goals and six points for the Americans, while goalie Ryan Miller had a 2.25 GAA and .926 save percentage in four games.

HUBBAUER PLAYS: Winnipegger Matt Hubbauer saw his first action of the series last night. The Maple Leafs speedster drew in for Nathan Barrett, who was out with an undisclosed injury.

Hubbauer, who had two goals and eight points in 51 games this season, centred a line with Kris Newbury and Jason MacDonald. Although he didn't see a lot of ice time down the stretch he threw a couple of big hits.

The former Regina Pats forward wasn't on the 22-man clear-day roster, but played because the Maple Leafs were in an emergency position with more than three injuries.

ANOTHER APPLE: Steinbach product Ian White did a nice job bouncing back from a disappointing Game 3 and notched his second assist of the series.

MCLEOD SIGNS: The Moose added some Manitoba flavour yesterday by signing 20-year-old forward Cody McLeod to an amateur tryout offer.

McLeod, a product of Binscarth, spent the past season with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League and scored 31 goals and had 60 points in 70 games.

Following the WHL season, McLeod suited up for the rest of the regular season and five playoff games with the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League.

ANOTHER AFFILIATION: The Carolina Hurricanes have signed a one-year deal to keep sending their players to the Lowell Lock Monsters.

The Lock Monsters had shared the affiliation the past few seasons with the Calgary Flames, who are moving to Omaha, Neb. in 2005-06, but now have a new partner in the Colorado Avalanche.


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