Marlies 4-3 Over BingoThe Toronto Marlies Earn their Fourth Consecutive Win in a 4-3 Contest Against the Binghamton Senators
by Clayton Hansler
November 13, 2010
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TORONTO 4 - BINGHAMTON 3
The Toronto Marlies (8-6-0-2), on their most memorable road trip to date, defeat the Binghamton Senators (7-6-1-1) 4-3 to garner their fourth straight win. The Marlies have never bettered 12 points in consecutive road games, achieving 12 in a nine game trip in January 2006. With their win in Binghamton, Toronto picked up points 13 and 14.
It was a homecoming for rookie Jerry D'Amigo, the Binghamton, New York native, who had spent much time at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena growing up. Fans filled the arena wearing blue #27 t-shirts being sold on the arena's concourse level. It seemed almost too good to be true when D'Amigo was awarded an assist on Josh Engel's game winning goal.
The Toronto club, who were in their final game of a three-in-three, came out of the gate fast and hard. Justin Hodgman scored his sixth goal of the season only 2:48 into the opening period. With Patrick Wiercioch in the box and the Marlies on the man advantage, Hodgman out-maneuvered goaltender Barry Brust and slipped the puck into the net for the early lead. With 13 points in 12 games, Hodgman is the active scoring leader for Toronto.
Only 1:21 later, Joey Crabb would take a step inside the offensive blueline, receive a pass and wire it just under the crossbar. Crabb's tally was his fifth in six games and seventh of the season.
After being outshot 8-1 in the opening five minutes, Binghamton would respond to Toronto's early offense to finish the game's first period with 10 shots, only one shy of the Marlies' 11.
The Senators momentum built late in the first frame would carry into the second as they quickly cut the lead in half with Geoff Kinrade's first of the season at the 2:30 mark.
Eager to respond and regain the two goal lead, Greg Scott tipped in Darryl Boyce's shot taken from the bottom of the left face-off circle at 14:51. The line centred by Boyce has been an unlikely source of offense for the Marlies, with the combined total points of Boyce, Scott and Jay Rosehill now 20, eight of which registered in the goal column.
Binghamton would now allow Marlies goaltender James Reimer to escape the period before scoring another. Captain Alex Foster was on the ice after taking a high stick to the face, and with the Marlies expecting a call from the referee Colin Greening scored his third of the season.
Engel's game winning goal would be registered at 2:34 of the third period from Hodgman and D'Amigo. Engel would join the team's offense, stepping into the slot and fire the loose puck into the net to restore the two goal lead. Engel has now recorded three goals and three assists, and presently leads the Marlies with two game winning goals.
In a final offensive burst for the Senators, Corey Locke would score Binghamton's final goal with 3:55 remaining in the game. Following the goal the Senators would proceed to pull their goaltender in hopes of putting one more past Reimer, but the Marlies netminder would not allow it. Reimer's 32 save effort was good enough for the win, Reimer now helping the team earn seven of the team's 14 points picked up so far on their Royal road trip.
Toronto will play two more games before returning home, both against divisional rivals. Marlies next head to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs on Tuesday before travelling to battle the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday. The Marlies next home game is Saturday November, 20 at Ricoh Coliseum. Visit Marlies.ca or call 416-597-PUCK to purchase your tickets.
Notes: The AHL announced that upon his return to the Marlies, Kadri will be suspended two games for abuse of an official during Thursday's game against the Phantoms - Crabb currently leads the Marlies in goals with seven - Mike Brennan finished the game with a minus rating (-1) for the first time this season - Mikus was not in the Marlies lineup against the Sens, and has not played since leaving the ice in the first period against the Bears after taking a hit from Pinizzotto