Marlies Back on Top After Win in RochesterMarlies improve through rough road trip that ends with a win in Rochester.
by Clayton Hansler
November 18, 2011
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TORONTO MARLIES (2) -AT- ROCHESTER AMERICANS (1)
With an unlikely goal, scored on the break-away while shorthanded, Jerry D'Amigo helps the Toronto Marlies earn a win in the team's final game of their lengthy nine game road trip.
The victory on Friday against Rochester makes it two straight for the Toronto Marlies, ending the Americans four game win streak, and helps improve a record away from home that left much to be desired halfway through the trip that lead the team through Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and New York. Toronto improves to 3-4-1-1 on the trip after starting the first four games 0-3-1-0. The Marlies have collected points in three straight games, and four of their last five helping them move into a tie with Rochester for the North division's top spot.
The Americans would open the scoring at the 6:38 mark of the game's opening stanza when a point shot from Joe Finley on the left point passed through a a sea of bodies before deceiving rookie netminder Mark Owuya far-side low. Owuya would go on to shutout Rochester for the remaining 53:22, making a total of 26 saves and improving his season stats to a team best 1.40 goals-against average and 0.945 save percentage.
Toronto would not respond until the middle frame when Greg Scott placed the rebound from Jesse Blacker's initial shot into the open cage. Disturbed by Scott's presence in the crease, goaltender David Leggio immediately drove the Marlies forward to the ice and argued with the official. The Rochester goaler would receive a two minute penalty for roughing.
Leggio made 22 saves on 24 shots.
On the lone penalty of the final period, a delay of game minor coming after the Marlies Simon Gysbers launched the puck over the glass from the defensive zone, Scott and D'Amigo would combine for the final goal. The Marlies penalty kill, which continues to be the league's best, takes advantage of Scott's speed to create offensive opportunities when presented.
Scott poked the puck past the defender at the defensive blueline and carried it through the neutral zone before relaying it to the open D'Amigo streaking up the centre. D'Amigo readied himself and snapped it through the legs of the Americans goalie for his third goal of the season.
Toronto returns home on Saturday and will play at Ricoh Coliseum for the first time since October 26th for the second half of the home-and-home set with Rochester. The Marlies have lost only a single game at home, coming in extra time, while the Americans have secured only two victories on seven away outings. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00pm.
Notes: Marcus Foligno left the game in the third period unable to put weight on his left leg after a collision in the Marlies end … Matt Lashoff, who has not played for the Marlies since October 30th, is expected to miss up to six months with a lower body injury … Joe Colborne registered three shots and a plus-one in his first game back after missing three with a lower body injury … Marlies penalty kill was 3/37 on their road trip and allowed only a single powerplay goal against in their last seven games … Announced attendance was 6,717.