Marlies Get Past Bears 3-2

The Toronto Marlies Best the Reigning Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears 3-2

by Clayton Hansler
November 12, 2010

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The Toronto Marlies (7-6-0-2) hold on to win their third straight game for the first time this season after an onslaught of shots from the Hershey Bears (7-5-0-1). Jussi Rynnas made 42 saves to lead his team to the win. The Finnish netminder, after a rocky start to the season, has now stopped 150 of 155 shots spanning five games.

It was not due to a lack of effort from the reigning two-time Calder Cup winning Bears, Hershey littered the Toronto net with 12 shots in each of the first two periods, but it was not until shot number 11 in the third period that Hershey could better the Toronto netminder.

Jerry D'Amigo opened the scoring 8:10 of the first on an outstanding feed from Brayden Irwin. Irwin was deep in the Hershey zone skating backwards when he spun to pass the puck on his forehand to D'Amigo coming down the left wing.

Jay Rosehill and Patrick Wellar dropped the gloves at 15:57 for a spirited fight that brought cheers from most of the 9,552 in attendance. After the fight Wellar went straight to the dressing room to have a cut under his eye addressed. The Bears' defenceman would return for the second period.

Dale Mitchell scored his first goal of the 2009-10 season at 8:07 of the middle frame. Alex Foster and Mitchell entered the Bears zone on a 2-on-1, and a perfect pass from the team's Captain landed right on the tape of Mitchell's stick allowing the young winger to lift it over goaltender Dany Sabourin.

Before the period would close, Kyle Greentree would have a glorious opportunity denied at the side of the Toronto net by a diving Rynnas. Rynnas stopped all 24 Hershey shots through two periods of play.

In a span of only 1:22 the Hershey Bears would tie it up in the game's final period. The first goal, Boyd Kane's sixth of the season, was scored after Steve Pinizzotto fed the puck from the right wing face-off dot to a streaking Kane at the bottom of the left circle. Brian Willsie's point shot at 12:32 of the third would find its way past Rynnas to tie it up while Hershey had the man advantage.

After more pressure from Hershey, Sabourin would turn the puck over to Christian Hanson at the side of his own net while making a routine play. Hanson stuffed the puck between the netminder's legs, his tally later attributed as the game winner. The goal was Hanson's second of the season, and was scored in his first game back after returning to the AHL from the NHL Maple Leafs.

Toronto will travel to Binghamton, New York, hometown of Marlies forward Jerry D'Amigo, to finish they're 3-in-3 weekend against the Senators on Saturday. Puck drop is 7:05pm at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. A sold-out crowd is expected for D'Amigo's return, with all the action being broadcast online at for those not in attendance. Follow the Toronto Marlies, John Bartlett and Chansler on twitter for highlights from the game.

Notes: The Bears' Sabourin has yet to register a win at home, now with four losses at Hershey's Giant Centre - With the win, the Marlies have lifted themselves out of the North Division basement for the first time this season - After losing four straight starts and allowing 15 goals against, Rynnas has now won three in a row and allowed only three goals - Crabb's four game goal scoring streak came to an end against Hershey as the winger was kept off the score sheet.

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