Wild Win in Rochester

Colborne would earn 3 points as the Marlies hang on to defeat the Americans 6-5

by Clayton Hansler
March 11, 2011

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Toronto's final trip to Rochester this season certainly proved to be a memorable one as the Marlies hold on to win 6-5 in regulation against the divisional opponent.

It would be Matt Caruana's sixth goal of the season, scored at 11:45 of the second period, that would hold up as the winner as the Marlies saw their initial 6-0 lead vanish in the latter half of the game. Mike Kostka would get the Americans started with two goals in the second period. Additional tallies from Mark Cullen, Jeff LoVecchio and Colby Robak brought Rochester to within one goal of Toronto, but the Americans could not complete the comeback, and lose their third consecutive game.

It was Marlies veteran Mike Zigomanis that would open the scoring after ripping a low shot past netminder Tyler Plante while on a two-on-one with line-mate Jeff Cowan. Cowan's pass was slightly ahead of Zigomanis, but the Marlies first-line centre would get close enough to snap the puck past Plante and into the net to open the scoring. Zigomanis would finish the night with two points, while Cowan would earn only the lone assist.

Toronto would then score four times on the powerplay in the first period alone following two major penalties to Rochester.

The Marlies would first gain the man advantage when the Americans' Eric Selleck drove Matt Lashoff into the boards from behind. Lashoff would receive some minor attention from the Marlies trainer, but would return to the game. Selleck's indiscretion would be judged worthy of a five minutes for boarding.

Nazem Kadri
responded first for the Marlies on the powerplay after receiving a feed from Joe Colborne. Kadri out-maneuvered the Rochester defenseman and slipped a backhand shot through the one pads of Plante. Kadri's tally would end a six-game long goalless drought.

Colborne would add a second powerplay marker only 28 seconds later when he pushed the rebound of Lashoff's point shot past the outstretched pad of Plante to give the Toronto team a 3-0 lead.

Michael Duco would earn the Americans a second major penalty when he decided to instigate a fight with the Marlies' Fabian Brunnstrom after a separate altercation was already taking place. Netminder Plante took exception to Aaron Voros' net presence following a stoppage in play and proceeded to engage the tall Toronto forward after the whistle blew. Plante would be assessed a roughing minor and Voros an unsportsmanlike conduct minor while Duco received a Fighting major plus a game misconduct.

Greg Scott and Alex Foster would both add powerplay goals prior to the conclusion of the first frame. Scott's coming after a flurry in front of Plante while Toronto had a two-man advantage, and Foster's a blast from the slot beating the glove hand of the defeated netminder.

Plante would stop 15 of 20 first period shots, and not return after the first period. Replacing him, Marc Cheverie stopped 11 of 12 Toronto shots in the final two frames. Ben Scrivens made 33 stops in the victory.

Toronto will return home Friday night in preparation for a 3:00pm game against the Lake Erie Monsters at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday. The Monsters will enter the Marlies home rink after defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 on Friday night. The Monsters trail Toronto by three points in the standings, but have two games in hand on the Marlies.

Notes: Toronto's four powerplay goals in the first period set a team record for most scored in a single period, and their final five powerplay goals the most ever scored in a game … After leading Rochester 20-11 in shots after the opening period, the Americans would outshoot the Marlies 27-12 in the remainder of the game … Selleck would finish the game with 25 penalty minutes, and Duco with 15 …
Selleck assessed a second five-minute major penalty for interference on an open-ice hit on Colborne when the rookie forward was without the puck. Selleck would also receive a game misconduct for his actions ...
Toronto did not announce the condition of Colborne following the game, as the towering forward did not return … Attendance at Blue Cross Arena was 5385.

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