Marlies Play Grinch With Road Win
December 21, 2007
Earl Nets The Hat Trick In First Of Two Straight In Rochester
(ROCHESTER, NY) – Robbie Earl did his best to score every possible way he could and came through for the Marlies.
Earl scored a short handed goal, power play marker and added the empty netter to seal a 4-2 win for Toronto over the Americans in Rochester on Friday night.
Simon Gamache had the other Toronto goal, also a shorthanded goal. Clarke McArthur and Mark Mancari scored for Rochester, who has now dropped eight straight games.
Earl opened the scoring in the first creating a turnover and scoring shorthanded on a breakaway beating Tyler Plante. McArthur tied the game late in the period on the power play when he redirected a Mancari point shot over the shoulder of Scott Clemmensen.
Earl scored the lone goal of the second period on the power play, while Clemmensen made several key saves.
In the third, Gamache took another Earl turnover at centre ice and created a 2 on 1 shorthanded. rush, where his pass for Earl went off an Amerk stick and in the net. Mancari scored a late 5 on 3 power play goal, before Earl sealed the win with the Marlies’ third shorthanded goal of the night.
Clemmensen finished with 27 saves, including a penalty shot save on David Brine for his 11th win of the season. Plante stopped 26 shots in the loss.
The Marlies will face the Americans again in Rochester on Boxing Day at 7:00pm.
ICE CHIPS: Ben Ondrus was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct for elbowing in the first period, a call that was made by the linesman after the play had ended…. The Marlies three shorthanded goals in one game is a new team record.