Americans rout Moose

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

ROCHESTER, N. Y. -- An improvement up front, worse results overall.

Rochester forward Daniel Paille scored three goals, leading the Americans to a 6-2 rout over the Manitoba Moose in AHL action in front of 7,548 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial last night.

Americans 6 Moose 2

The game marked a better effort from the Moose offence, maligned for their poor effort in Hamilton on Friday.

The unit came out flying and controlled the play for the first half of yesterday's game but faced a 2-0 deficit after the first 20 minutes.

"We're facing adversity right now as far as capitalizing on the opportunities we're getting -- going off the post and out instead of off the post and in," Moose coach Alain Vigneault said, also pleased with his club's defensive play.

"We gave up six goals tonight, but it was a much better defensive effort (than Friday)."

Manitoba's strong start continued into the second, and the Moose finally got on the board at the 6:03 mark of the period.

Sven Butenschon, pointless in his seven games as a call-up with the parent Vancouver Canucks, got credit for the first Manitoba goal when he let a shot go through a screen on the power play.

The change in momentum was short lived though, as Paille scored a short handed marker, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 chance.

"A big momentum switch there," Vigneault said. "Our power play had some great chances, to give up that ... (it) really hurt us."

Butenschon, who got caught flat-footed and then dove in desperation on the goal, took full responsibility on the play.

"I should have known better because I'm playing with a forward (on the point on the power play)," he said. "I left (Jesse Schultz) kind of (alone) on the 2-on-1. It was a tough play."

Manitoba (36-19-6-3) now heads back up to Canada for the third game of this three-day stretch, taking on the Toronto Marlies today (4 p.m.).

Butenschon, who joined the club early yesterday morning from Vancouver, played his first game for the Moose since Thursday's NHL trade deadline.

The big Oakbank defenceman was a little disappointed about his reassignment.

"I kind of figured (the Canucks) may get some defencemen, they built that team to win right now," he said. "Why take chances with some young defenceman, though I thought I proved I could play. It seems like the media there ... if (G.M.) Dave Nonis doesn't make a couple moves it will be his fault.

"It's a pressure cooker there. He did what I would have done, too."

Matt Hendricks, Kamil Kreps, and Stefan Meyer had the other Rochester goals. Lee Goren replied for Manitoba.

Maxime Ouellet made 21 stops for Manitoba. Jean-Marc Pelletier was outstanding, making 38 saves for Rochester.


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