A four-on-three power play goal by Matt Frattin at 2:31 of overtime propelled the Toronto Marlies to a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Americans on Friday night in front of a crowd of 6,456 at The Blue Cross Arena. Despite the loss, the Amerks managed to pick up a point for the fourth consecutive game but now trail the Marlies by seven points for the North Division’s top spot with three games in hand.
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“We didn’t do what we needed to in the second period, and probably had about 10-15 turnovers in the neutral zone which led to us spending a lot of time in our own end,” said Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston.
David Leggio started in goal for the third consecutive game and once again was strong between the pipes for Rochester, finishing with 39 saves after turning aside 49 in his last appearance on Sunday in Hershey. In his last three starts, Leggio has stopped 130 of 137 shots for a .949 save percentage.
“This is (Leggio’s) third really good performance (in a row) for us. He’s a competitor, so that is another positive for our team,” Rolston said.
Travis Turnbull picked up the lone goal for the Amerks in the contest, with the assists going to Alex Biega and Mark Voakes.
Marlies goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped 25 of 26 Rochester shots to pick up the win in goal for Toronto, while Frattin and Matt Caruana lit the lamp offensively. Veteran forward Mike Zigomanis assisted on both of the Toronto’s tallies.
Each goaltender came up with a plethora of big saves throughout the contest for their respective clubs, highlighted by Leggio’s denial of Nicolas Deschamps on a breakaway attempt late in the second period and a sprawling rebound stop with the glove on Philippe Dupuis in the closing seconds of regulation.
After a scoreless opening period in which neither team was able to muster up much offense, the Marlies got on the board just over five minutes into the middle frame. Caruana finished off a well-executed line rush, as he deflected home a centering pass from Zigomanis while streaking to the net.
The Amerks found the back of the net at 11:47 of the second on the power play to even the score at one apiece. Turnbull jammed the rebound of a Biega point shot past Scrivens from just outside the blue paint to notch his fourth goal of the season.
Toronto’s game-winning goal came on the power-play at 2:31 of overtime, as Frattin blasted a one-timed slapper to the top shelf from the right face-off dot.
Rochester remains at home on Saturday as the Hamilton Bulldogs make their way to Western New York for the second time in as many weeks. The 7:35 matchup will be the eighth of 10 get-togethers between the North Division rivals this season and can be heard live on 107.3 FM and 1280 AM, Rochester’s Sports Talk.