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Marlies Lose in Eighth Straight One-Goal Game Against Rochester

Marlies surrender two goal lead to fall in the shootout to Rochester

by Clayton Hansler
March 4, 2012

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TORONTO MARLIES (2) -AT- ROCHESTER AMERICANS (3)


Phil Varone completed the comeback for the Rochester Americans on Sunday as they recover from a two goal deficit to defeat the Toronto Marlies by way of the shootout.

In a contest that featured a little bit of everything; six fighting majors, end to end action, four-on-four overtime and a shootout, the Marlies will likely return home unhappy with surrendering four points over the weekend to the North division's second place team who is desperately trying to close the gap with the leading Toronto team.

The opening frame did not offer any scoring but four fighting majors gave the 5,429 in attendance at Blue Cross Arena much to cheer about.

Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton was the first to drop the gloves as he took offence to a hit from T.J. Brennan upon entry into the Rochester zone. Nine minutes later Marcel Mueller and Travis Turnbull followed suit after he objected to the German forward's net presence.

Phil Dupuis was awarded the goal to open the scoring in the game's middle frame after Alex Biega could not clear a loose puck from the crease and accidentally banked it in off David Leggio's pants. Dupuis had been the last of the Marlies to touch the disc that the netminder had believed was under his glove.

Nazem Kadri extended the lead to two goals when he wired the biscuit over the glove hand of Leggio. Veteran Mike Zigomanis fed the puck to the streaking sophomore and Kadri launched it before reaching he hashmarks.

Brennan capped off the three-goal frame by putting the Americans on the board after Nicolas Deschamps was sentenced to the penalty box for slashing with 15 seconds remaining. It took the Rochester powerplay only nine seconds to break Jussi Rynnas' shutout bid and bring the Americans to within one.

Mark Voakes would ensure the North division rivals would see overtime as his eighth tally of the season would knot the game at two. Voakes was stationed at the top of the crease and received the feed from Turnbull stationed behind the net.

With the extra stanza solving nothing, the game was forced to the shootout where Varone was the lone goal scorer. In Rynnas' return to the AHL the Finnish tender made 18 saves while Leggio was forced to stop 33.

The two clubs will meet twice more in Rochester before season's end.

The Marlies return home to face reigning Calder Cup champions, the Binghamton Senators for their second school day game of the season.


Notes: All eight meetings between the two clubs have resulted in one-game finishes … Jerry D'Amigo's second period fight was his second of the season, both coming against divisional opponents … Despite allowing a powerplay goal against, the Marlies penalty kill still ranks first in the league with a 87.2% efficiency … Toronto is 0-3 in the shootout this season with Rynnas, Ben Scrivens and Mark Owuya all registering a loss.

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