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Marlies Clobber Amerks 7-3

by Clayton Hansler
October 2, 2010

In front of a full house in Bradford's Bob Fallis Arena, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Rochester Americans 7-3 during their first preseason match Friday night. Though the score indicates a landslide, this game was a lot closer than once might think.

The two teams exchanged both goals and the lead through the first 40 minutes of play. Rochester opened the scoring on a goal by Michal Repik, and Maple Leafs draft pick Mikhail Stefanovich's tying goal being the last scored in the first two frames to tie the game at 3 goals a piece. As the Marlies entered the third period, the ice began to tilt in their favour as Marcel Mueller, Mikhail Stefanovich, Drew Paris and Kyle Rank would all score.

The Maple Leafs 6th round selection in 2009, and 2010 World Junior Championship gold medal winner Jerry D'Amigo, collided knee-on-knee with the Amerks' Eric Selleck during the final period. Though helped to the dressing room, D'Amigo would later appear to sign autographs for the 700 fans in attendance with no visible signs of pain. Selleck received a five minute major penalty for kneeing, along with a second 5 minute major for fighting due to the scrap that ensued when Marlies' defenseman Josh Engel came to the aid of his fallen teammate.

James Reimer, who is yet to lose in regulation to the Rochester Americans, was the winning goaltender, and Marcel Muellers three point effort (2 goals, 1 assist) would earn him the first star. Mikhail Stefanovich also scored a pair of goals for the Toronto Marlies, and Etobicoke native Dale Mitchell scored one and assisted on a couple more.

John Bartlett was at Bob Fallis Arena to take in the contest an provided his post game thoughts on player performance and the game's outcome. The Toronto Marlies also had their photographer clicking away at the camera, check out our full gallery from Friday's tilt.

The Marlies will face the Rochester Americans again on Saturday for their final preseason match, only this time Ohsweken, Ontario's Gaylord Powless Arena will play host. Ben Scrivens is expected to get the start. Puck drop will be at 6:00pm, visit Marlies.ca or follow Barts or Chansler for game coverage.

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