Frattin Secures Win over Rochester in Overtime

Marlies earn fourth win in as many meetings over second place Rochester.

by Clayton Hansler
January 13, 2012

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It took the Toronto Marlies 41 shots on David Leggio to secure the victory, but Matt Frattin's overtime blast on the powerplay secured the Marlies fourth win in as many games against Rochester this season, putting the second place North division team eight points out of the lead.

The Rochester goaltender, with 39 saves, marked the difference for the Americans team between a regulation loss and a single point consolation. Leggio lasted waves of Marlies opportunities that included a breakaway attempt from Nicolas Deschamps, a goal line stand against Philippe Dupuis and numerous odd-man rushes by the Toronto team.

Joining Frattin on the scoresheet was Matt Caruana who opened the scoring for Toronto, as well as the reply from Travis Turnbull.

Following a scoreless first period, Caruana broke the ice at the 5:09 mark of the middle frame. Mike Zigomanis fired a shot from the far right side and a well positioned, knee-high tip from Caruana deflected the disc over the trapper hand of the netminder. Caruana's goal was his second of the season in the forward's first game after sitting the past three. The Orono, Ontario, native now has two goals and four points in his past six games.

Turbull's response, his fourth of the season, came on the powerplay after Ben Scrivens made the initial save from Alex Biega's point shot. With steady presence in front of the crease, Turnbull knocked a wobbling puck past both a sprawling Scrivens and an outstretched stick of Korbinian Holzer. After starting 2012 without allowing a goal while shorthanded in four straight games, the Marlies have now been beaten three times in as many contests when short a body.

The Marlies nearly went ahead again in the second period as Deschamps pursuit of Biega through the neutral zone resulted in a turnover and breakaway. Leggio's left pad however was not to be beaten by the recent Toronto acquisition.

Following a goalless third, Marcus Foligno was assessed a slashing minor, as well as a game misconduct for a trip on Zigomanis at 2:31.

A strong cycle play with the 4-on-3 advantage offered Frattin more than one opportunity from the left circle, but at 2:31 of added time the league rookie wired a shot into the top, near-side corner of the net and over the blocking arm of Leggio to register the victory. The goal is Frattin's second AHL game-winner of the season, and first tally since being returned by the Maple Leafs.

Scrivens made 25 saves to notch his first win following a four game slump.

The Marlies return to Toronto Friday night to prepare for Sunday's match against, the team's last game ahead of the AHL Outdoor Classic being played in Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium on January 21st.

Notes: Friday marked the first time the Americans had registered less than three goals in the past nine games … In a scuffle that commenced following the final goal, Joe Colborne was assessed his second fighting major of his professional career and first with the Marlies … Phil Varone saw his seven game point streak come to an end against Toronto … The announced attendance at Blue Cross Arena was 6,456.

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