Marlies Return Home to Face Americans

Toronto looks to resume strong home record after long road trip.

by Clayton Hansler
November 19, 2011

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The Toronto Marlies return home on Saturday for the first time in 24 days as they face the Rochester Americans in the second half of their home-and-home set.

In their final game of five straight at home, the Americans dropped Friday night's tilt against the Marlies after winning the four games previous. The low scoring affair that ended 2-1 in regulation saw the Marlies Jerry D'Amigo score his first ever professional shorthanded goal.

With the victory in Rochester, the Marlies return home with two straight wins and having collected points in four of their past five games. This upswing on the road was a much needed change as the club had managed only a single point in the first four games of their trip.

The Americans may be without Marcus Foligno on Saturday after he left the third period of Friday's game with a lower body injury, unable to put any weight on his left leg. Foligno ranks second on the Rochester team with six goals.

Toronto too will be missing one of their top contributors as it was reported Saturday morning that Joe Colborne was practicing with the Maple Leafs ahead of the NHL affiliate's game that evening. Colborne returned to action Friday for his first game after sitting three in a row with an undisclosed lower body injury. Although the towering centre did not register a point, he finished a plus-one with three shots on goal.

Colborne's offensive talents will be missed as the Toronto AHL club has managed only eight goals over their past four games. To the Marlies credit, they have also been able to limit the scoring of their opponents, much to the credit of rookie netminder Mark Owuya. After sitting through four straight losses backstopping Jussi Rynnas, Owuya has comprised a 2-1-0-1 record with a most impressive 1.40 goals-against average and 0.945 save percentage. Although it is unsure which of the Marlies goaltenders will start on Saturday, it is likely both will see action in the concluding two games of the team's three-in-three weekend.

After a string of recalls to the National League, including that of starting netminder Drew MacIntyre, the Americans have placed the bulk of the goaltending responsibility on David Leggio. The once backup has been steady in his bigger role, having allowed only six goals against over the club's previous four.

After sitting on Friday as the Marlies only healthy scratch, one can expect Josh Engel will draw back into the lineup. Missing from the Toronto roster still are forwards Darryl Boyce and Luca Caputi who are yet to begin regular practice with the team.

Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00pm at Ricoh Coliseum with all the action televised on RogersTV and broadcast online on AHL Live. 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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Notes: Toronto has allowed only a single powerplay goal against in their last seven games … Rochester's road record leaves little to the imagination as the club is 2-3-2-0 this season … Toronto looks forward to continuing their strong play at home as they are yet to lose in regulation and hold a record of 4-0-1-0 … Player to Watch: Ryan Hamilton. After two goals in Albany, Hamilton was one of Toronto's most noticeable players around the net on Friday.

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