Marlies Fall In Rochester
March 30, 2007
Fight Filled Affair Sees 110 Minutes In Penalties Called
(ROCHESTER, NY) – When two teams face each other three times in eight days, it’s no surprise when things get a little heated.
In a game that saw 110 minutes in penalties, the Americans ended the Marlies three game win streak with a 5-2 decision in Rochester on Friday night.
Michael Ryan, in just his second game back from a stint with the Sabres, scored a pair of third period goals to seal the win. Noah Welch, Marek Zagrapan and Kamil Kreps had the other goals for the Amerks.
Robbie Earl and John Mitchell scored for Toronto.
The Marlies opened the scoring in the game when Earl took a Martin Sagat pass from his own zone and scored a shorthanded breakaway goal, beating David Shantz for a 1-0 lead. Shantz was making his debut in goal for Rochester. The Amerks tied it up five minutes later, then took a 2-1 lead when Mark Mancari worked the puck from behind the Marlies net and set up Zagrapan in front, who beat Justin Pogge with a shot off the post and in. Mitchell would tie the game before the period was out.
There was no scoring in the second, but plenty of excitement and the division rivals brought out their emotions. Just under seven minutes into the period, Erik Westrum was called for a high stick in the Amerks zone. On the delayed penalty back up the ice, things got heated in the corner resulting in everyone finding a partner to tangle with. Dominic D’Amour dropped the gloves with Tanner Glass, then David Cloutier and Anthony Stewart followed suit. All 10 skaters on the ice ended up with penalties on the play resulting in 76 minutes in penalties. Another incident took place minutes later before Martin Sagat and Timo Helbling would also get a dance in. In total, 102 minutes were handed out in the second period alone.
The Amerks would take the game in the third, when Ryan beat Pogge for his first of two with fewer than eight minutes to go. Mancari and Ryan would connect with a 2 on 1 with 3:08 left for the 4-2 lead, before Kreps added the empty net goal.
Shantz made 35 saves for his first win, while Pogge stopped 26 shots in the loss.
Toronto travels to Syracuse where they’ll face the Crunch Saturday night at 7:00pm.
ICE CHIPS: David Shantz earned his first win against his former coach Greg Gilbert, as the two were together in the OHL with the Mississauga Ice Dogs….Tyson Nash and Aleksander Suglobov and Jay Harrison were the scratches for Toronto.