Marlies Earn Thrilling Overtime Victory in Rochester

Marlies Earn Season's Sixth Win Over Americans.

by Clayton Hansler
March 30, 2012

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In eight previous meetings the North division combatants have been separated by only a single goal. Friday night was no different.

With six seconds left in the game's five minute overtime frame, Mike Zigomanis registered his 60th point of the season amidst a flurry of action in front of Rochester's David Leggio resulting in a goal for the Marlies' alternate captain.

Late game dramatics, however, had seemed to be par for the course at the Blue Cross arena for the first of back-to-back games to close out the season series between Toronto and Rochester. The Americans' Paul Szczechura pushed the game to the extra frame with only 65 seconds remaining in regulation and his home netminder on the bench in favour of a sixth attacker.

Szczechura's first had come only 52 seconds into the opening stanza as Rochester hopped out to a quick start.

And so started the see-saw battle.

Three times the Americans' lead the Marlies, and three times Toronto tied the game. Will Acton's seventh of the season frustrated Leggio with an off-angle shot. The Rochester goaltender was amidst his 15th consecutive start in the crease.

Nazem Kadri scored on the powerplay to draw even for the second time, only for Derek Whitmore to retake the lead less than five minutes later.

The Marlies' Juraj Mikus recorded the primary assist on both third period goals; Greg Scott's game-tying marker as well as Kadri's go-ahead. Kadri's two-goal outing puts the highly-touted prospect at 15 tallies on the season.

Rochester's Leggio frustrated Toronto 27 times with saves to earn his club a much needed point with the post-regulation appearance that propelled the Americans' just enough to put them into the conference's eighth and final playoff position. Two hundred feet down ice, Ben Scrivens made 33 saves and allowed four goals against for the first time since January 7th.

The two teams will face each other for one last time in the regular season on Saturday, again at Blue Cross arena. The Marlies will then return home Sunday to face Grand Rapids at Ricoh Coliseum for a 3:00pm puck drop.

Notes: Kadri (2g), Scott (1g, 1a), Zigomanis (1g, 1a) and Mikus (2a) all registered multiple points for the Marlies … Kadri lead both teams with six shots on goal … The three previous occasions which Toronto scored five or more goals were all against divisional rivals … Scrivens has won six of his last seven starts … The Toronto netminder last won a game which he allowed four or more goals-against on October 22nd, 2011, against Rochester … Announced attendance in Rochester was 5,853

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