Marlies Close Out Season Series With Shutout Win in Rochester

Mark Owuya makes 27 saves to secure his second AHL shutout in ten games.

by Clayton Hansler
March 31, 2012

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With nine consecutive one-goal games between the Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans, a 1-0 finale between the two division rivals was written on the wall as they faced each other one last time to close out their season series.

Nazem Kadri, scorer of two goals in Rochester on Friday night, would net the lone tally of the 36 skaters. The sophomore's 16th score of the season came off a cross-ice pass from Korbinian Holzer 7:13 into the game, tapping the puck past an out-of-position David Leggio.

Despite a combined seven powerplays, five for Toronto and two for Rochester, neither club would better the opposition's netminder; both of which were named as three star selections upon the contest's conclusion.

David Leggio stopped 28 shots in a near-perfect effort, but a loss nonetheless. In his return to the American Hockey League after a lengthy stint with the ECHL's Reading Royals, Leggio's opposing counterpart, Mark Owuya, turned away all 27 Rochester attempts to score, registering his second shutout in only 10 AHL games this season.

Toronto's decision to start Owuya was made for them as Ben Scrivens was recalled to the NHL to start for the Maple Leafs following Friday's victory in Rochester. With both Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas dressed for the Leafs on Saturday night, the Marlies brought Niagara University graduate, Chris Noonan, aboard to backstop Owuya.

Also making his first professional appearance was recently signed Spencer Abbott, a Hamilton born forward who registered two shots while playing alongside Phil Dupuis and Marcel Mueller. Greg Scott lead both clubs with six shots on goal.

The Marlies return home to face divisional foe Grand Rapids at Ricoh Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

Notes: Combined with five NHL tallies, Kadri surpassed his 20 goals last season by notching his 21st in Rochester … Ben Scrivens secured his third NHL victory with a win over Buffalo on Saturday night … With the Marlies win the Lake Erie Monsters join the Hamilton Bulldogs in the North division in being unable to catch Toronto in the standings … Announced attendance at Blue Cross arena was 6,414

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