Tight Game Against Rochester Finds Marlies on the Losing Side

Szczechura scores winner in third as Americans defeat Toronto Marlies 2-1

Canadian Press
March 3, 2012

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TORONTO _ Paul Szczechura scored the winning goal midway through the third period as the Rochester Americans defeated the Toronto Marlies 2-1 on Saturday evening in American Hockey League action.

With Carter Ashton off on a double minor for high-sticking, Szczechura took a pass from Brayden McNabb and skated through the Marlies' penalty-killing unit before snapping one past Ben Scrivens from the slot.

Evan Rankin had the other goal for the Americans in the first in a home-and-home series. David Leggio made 21 saves for the win.

Greg Scott had the lone goal for the Marlies. Scrivens stopped 31 shots in defeat.

Toronto came in with the AHL's best home record at 18-6-4, while Rochester had the league's worst record on the road at just 9-13-6.

Rochester opened the scoring just over four minutes into the game. Phil Varone wristed a weak shot on goal, but Rankin outmuscled the Marlies defenceman to hack in the rebound before Scrivens could pounce on it.

Toronto (32-20-6) drew even less than three minutes later. On an odd-man rush into the Rochester zone, Jesse Blacker stopped, turned and snapped a quick cross-ice pass to Scott who had an easy tap-in past Leggio for his 15th of the season.

The Americans owned most of the play in the opening frame, outshooting the Marlies 15-6.

The team skated to a scoreless second period before Szczechura's game-winner for Rochester (27-22-9).

Toronto pushed for the tying goal late with Scrivens pulled for an extra attacker, but couldn't put another past Leggio.

The Marlies were 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Americans went 1-for-6.

The back end of the home-and-home goes Sunday in Rochester.

Notes: Carter Ashton played his first home game for the Marlies after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Norfolk Admirals...Toronto leads the season series 5-1-0...Announced attendance was 5,706

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