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Marlies Put Win In Stocking In Rochester

John Bartlett
December 22, 2006

Six Different Scorers Tally For Marlies

(ROCHESTER, NY) - The Marlies sent themselves into the Christmas break by putting two points in their stocking with a big divisional win.

Toronto won it's third game of their current five game road swing with a 5-3 victory over the North division leading Americans in Rochester on Friday night.

Colin Murphy, Brett Engelhardt, Jamie Sifers, Boyd Devereaux, and Jeff Corey all scored for Toronto. Brandon Smith, David Booth and Drew Stafford had the goals for Rochester.

The Marlies got off to a great start in the game, pressuring the Americans in their own zone and creating turnovers. Murphy opened the scoring just over three minutes in when he one-timed a shot past Craig Anderson on a cross ice pass from Erik Westrum on the power play. Just over a minute later, Engelhardt fired a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Anderson on the stick side. Sifers made it 3-0 when he fired a point shot with Tyson Nash parked in front of the net. Toronto out shot Rochester 11-6 in the first.

Rochester got on the scoreboard with a power play goal early in the second, when Smith tapped home a pass from the side of the goal, that J.F. Racine had no chance on to make it 3-1. The Marlies regained their three-goal lead four minutes later when Devereaux was forechecking down lown on the penalty kill and forced Anderson to play the puck up the boards. Kris Newbury picked it off and set up Devereaux alone in front to tip the puck home for a 4-1 lead. The Marlies again out shot the Amerks 14-9 in the second.

At the start of the third period, the officials were delaying a few minutes to let the ice dry a little more. 21 seconds into the period, Chris Harrington fell on the fresh ice in the corner and gave Booth the puck and he beat Racine over the shoulder to cut the lead to 4-2. Corey restored the three goal lead 12 minutes later after he banged home a loose puck in the crease from a Tyson Nash scoring chance.  Stafford added a power play goal with just over three miuntes to go, but that was as close as Rochester would get.

Racine made 28 saves for his sixth win, while Anderson stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Toronto is off for the Christmas break and will be back in action on December 27th when they travel to Syracuse to face the Crunch to close out a five game road swing.

ICE CHIPS: The Marlies played with just 16 skaters due to injuries, call-ups and the Spengler Cup..... The Marlies record on Friday nights is 8-0-0-1.

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