The Rochester Americans fell 6-4 to the North Division rival Toronto Marlies in the back-end of a home-and-home series Saturday afternoon at Frank Doherty Arena in Thorold, Ontario.
Just over two minutes into the first period, Sam Jardine opened scoring for Toronto after skating down the wing and firing a shot past Jonas Johansson, who started in his first game this pre-season. The Marlies doubled their lead later in the opening stanza, as JJ Piccinich skated down the middle and delivered a high shot.
Less than one minute into the sandwich period, Andrew Oglevie got the Amerks on the board and cut Toronto’s lead in half, only to have the Marlies answer back with a third goal.
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Exactly halfway through the game, a lethal snipe by Victor Olofsson made the score 4-3 in his unofficial Amerks debut after being reassigned to Rochester from Buffalo earlier in the week.
Former Amerk Eric Selleck scored just 30 seconds later gave the Marlies back their two-goal cushion, but back-to-back goals from Judd Peterson and Tyler Randell knotted the score at four apiece at the end of the second period.
The final period of play saw two more goals by the Marlies, regaining that two-goal advantage and giving them the 6-4 edge over their North Division foes.
The Amerks will conclude their preseason on Sunday evening at the Gene Polisseni Center on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as they host the North Division rival Syracuse Crunch at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are available at Amerks.com.