Marlies Down Amerks in Pre-Season Finale
October 2, 2006
by John Bartlett
(TORONTO) – The dress rehearsals are over and the Marlies have a few days left to prepare for the curtain rise of the 2006-07 American Hockey League season.
Toronto scored a 5-2 win over the Rochester Americans at Ricoh Coliseum on Monday afternoon in the annual Safe Schools Game in front of 2,381 youngsters.
Students from schools all over the GTA attended the game as part of the Marlies and Canadian Safe Schools Network partnership.
Owen Fussey, Brett Engelhardt, Alex Foster, Erik Westrum and Kris Newbury scored for Toronto. David Booth and Micheal Ryan had the Rochester goals.
Fussey opened the scoring for Toronto mid way through he the first period banging in a loose puck in front. Booth tied the game less than a minute later. Engelhardt put Toronto up 2-1 late in the period when he deflected a point-shot in front of Jean-Marc Pelletier.
Early in the second, Westrum gave Toronto a two goal lead when he drove the net and tipped in a Kip Brennan pass to make it 3-1. Ryan responded for Rochester when he found himself all alone in front of J.F. Racine after a bizarre puck bounce off the boards. Foster restored the two goal lead with just under four minutes remaining in the second period. There was a stretch of 51 seconds that saw both teams play 3-on-3 thanks to penalties.
In the third, Newbury scored the lone goal of the period and only power play goal of the game to seal the victory.
Racine made 31 saves for the win while Pelletier stopped 28 in the loss.
The Marlies now have an all-time pre-season record of 7-1.
Toronto kicks off its second season in the American Hockey League on Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch at Ricoh Coliseum. Puck Drops at 7:30 p.m..
ROCHESTER 2, TORONTO 5
@ Ricoh Coliseum
1. TOR Fussey (1), D’Amour, Corey 9:49
2. ROC Booth (1), MacDonald, Smith 10:35
3. TOR Engelhardt (2), Newbury, Sawyer 18:17
Shots: ROC 11, TOR 10
4. TOR Westrum (1), Brennan, Sifers 2:34
5. ROC Ryan (1), Funk 10:26
6. TOR Foster (1), Sifers, Marsh 16:46
Shots: ROC 8, TOR 9
7. TOR Newbury (2), Foster, Engelhardt PP 12:44
Shots: ROC 14, TOR 15
Goaltenders: ROC – Pelletier 60:00 (28/34), TOR – Racine 60:00 (31/33)
1. TOR Newbury
2. TOR Sifers
3. TOR Engelhardt