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Marlies Conclude Nine Game Trip in Rochester

Joe Colborne a possibility for return on Friday night.

by Clayton Hansler
November 18, 2011

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TORONTO MARLIES (7-5-2-1) -AT- ROCHESTER AMERICANS (8-5-2-1)


The Toronto Marlies will conclude their nine game road trip, the longest of the season, on Friday night when they meet division rival Rochester. The Marlies and Americans will face-off at 7:35pm at Blue Cross Arena.

The game will be a collision between the North division's top teams, as Rochester and Toronto hold the number one and two spots. The Marlies sit two points behind the Americans but with a game in hand. Although only early in the season, the two points needed for the North division lead marks the difference between third and eighth in the conference standings.

Rochester enters Friday's match at the end of a five game home stand, having won the previous four games. The Americans have battled through many roster adjustments as they have lost a key member of their forward, defence and goaltending corps.

Netminder Drew MacIntyre was recalled to the NHL Sabres following two straight home wins in which the netminder allowed only a single goal in each. Two days later, Corey Tropp was added to the Buffalo roster after seven points in 11 games with the AHL affiliate. Most recently, after a one goal and one assist outing in the Americans most recent contest, defenceman TJ Brennan received his first call to the National League.

Like their divisional counterpart, the Marlies too have dealt with an ever fluctuating lineup. Yet despite a seemingly endless string of injuries, the Marlies have found points in three of their last four games. Team Captain Ryan Hamilton has lead the way through the club's lengthy road trip with five goals over eight games.

The Marlies have made sure to place their focus on game basics when dealing with the constant rotation of bodies on and off the roster. Their team-first attitude is evident by the club's 90.6% penalty kill efficiency, now in it's second season pacing the league. Increased focus on seizing opportunity while a man-up has produced a powerplay unit that has scored once in each of the team's last two outings.

Joe Colborne, who has missed the last three games with a lower body injury, traveled with the team to Rochester and is a game time decision ahead of the Friday night tilt. The towering 21 year old remains third in league scoring with his 10 goals and 19 points.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35pm at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, with all the action broadcast over the airwaves on am640 as well as online through AHL Live and 640toronto.com. Follow the Toronto Marlies on twitter for updates on all the action, and join the game long conversation on the Marlies Facebook page.

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EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP


STARTING IN GOAL: #1 Mark Owuya


FORWARD LINES

Mueller - Colborne - Scott
Hamilton - Zigomanis - Brenner
D'Amigo - Kadri - Wilson
Ryan - Acton - Neuber


DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
… to be announced


Notes: Rochester has outscored their opponent by only a combined five goals over the past four victories … The Americans powerplay has scored six times through out the first four games of their home stand … Friday and Saturday mark the Marlies first home-and-home of the season as they return to Ricoh on Saturday for their first game since October 26th … Over their past six victories, the Marlies have manage 29 goals for and only 12 goals against … Player to Watch: Nazem Kadri. After scoring his first goal in his last game, Kadri is ready for more.

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