Amerks Down Marlies
April 5, 2007
Playoff Hopes Dashed In Rochester
(ROCHESTER, NY) – Call it irony that it was the Marlies who eliminated the Americans from the playoffs last season that the same fate would switch hands this year.
The Amerks scored a pair of power play goals and added a short handed marker as the Marlies dropped a 5-3 decision to the Americans in Rochester on Wednesday night. The loss mathematically eliminated the Marlies from the post season.
Michael Ryan, Patrick Kaleta, Dylan Hunter, Drew Larman and Anthony Stewart scored for Rochester. John Mitchell, Colin Mitchell and Jay Harrison had the Toronto goals.
Just over a minute into the game, Mitchell opened the scoring on the power play beating Adam Dennis with a rebound shot over his glove.
The Amerks replied early in the second with Ryan scoring on the power play before Kaleta broke in alone from the Marlies blue line and slid the puck past the outstretched pad of Justin Pogge for a short handed goal and a 2-1 lead. Murphy tied the game up two minutes later after Brent Aubin won the face-off in the Amerks zone and puck the puck right to the net. A minute later Hunter fired a rocket of a shot over the shoulder of Pogge for a 3-2 lead.
Larman made it 4-2 with just over four minutes to go in the third, but Harrison found the back of the net with a point shot 42 seconds later to cut the lead to one. Stewart sealed the deal with a power play goal with less than two minutes remaining.
The Marlies out shot Rochester 43-30 in the game.
Toronto faces the Griffins in Grand Rapids on Friday night.