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AMERKS ONE WIN FROM A SWEEP

The Rochester Americans are one win away from advancing to the North Division finals of the Calder Cup playoffs.

The Amerks rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs, 4-3, on Sunday night in their American Hockey League series. The Amerks are up, 3-0, and will try for the sweep Tuesday night in Hamilton's Copps Coliseum.

Jiri Novotny led the comeback charge with two goals in the third period, roofing the winner on a backhander with 3:20 to play.

"For me, it's a little bit lucky because I changed my stick before I scored the goal," said Novotny.

Chris Higgins scored twice for the Bulldogs in the opening 3:07.

Paul Gaustad brought the Amerks to within a goal with his fourth of the playoffs, converting a pass from Daniel Paille, who worked the puck loose from behind the net.

Jason Ward restored Hamilton's two-goal lead at 8:37.

"We had them," Hamilton center Steve Begin said. "It's detail. That's what we didn't do."

Rochester began its comeback at 8:15 when Novotny pounded in a rebound at 8:15 of the third. Defenseman Brandon Smith tied the game at 13:20 as he batted the puck into the near side of the net. Novotny completed the three-goal rally as he roofed a backhander past Yann Danis at 16:40.

Ryan Miller made 26 saves for his third straight win. He faced only 10 shots over the final two periods.

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