The Toronto Marlies defeated the Rochester Americans for the second time in two nights on Saturday. Paul Ranger tied the game with less than five minutes to play and Nazem Kadri scored the winner in overtime to give the Marlies a 3-2 win.The game was a sell-out at RICOH Coliseum and the first 3,000 fans received Marlies mittens. What a generous gesture from MLSE after it was announced earlier this week that the Leafs franchise was worth a billion dollars.
At one point Joe Bowen and Greg Millen were talking with Toronto Argonauts running back and Grey Cup champion Jeff Johnson. Both seemed a little taken aback to be talking to a Toronto athlete that has actually won something.
Each team looked really sharp for having played the night before and then travelling. The atmosphere was great in the building as well. Who needs the NHL?
Here are some other observations from the game.
Ben Scrivens looked sharp
Scrivens had a strong outing for the second straight night. The Marlies were badly outplayed for the first two periods and Scrivens did a great job of keeping them in the game. He looked very aggressive and the only two goals that beat him came off deflections in front. The second came off a Marlies defenseman’s stick. Scrivens has now stopped 66 of the last 68 shots he has faced.
Marcus Foligno looks like a player
Foligno was easily the best American skater on the ice. He had two assists, four shots, and several other scoring chances. He even engaged Matt Frattin in a fight after he threw a clean hit on one of Foligno’s team-mates. Of course, clean hits are no longer allowed in hockey and as soon as one is delivered everybody wants to rush in and start a scuffle. Frattin finished with an assist, but was held scoreless. Let’s give him a break though since he does have seven goals in seven games since his return from injury.
Nazem Kadri pots two
Kadri had another strong outing and scored twice helping the Marlies to victory. He also came close to a third goal when he rung one off the post in the third period. He commanded the puck all night and was really skating well.
Jerry D’Amigo and Carter Ashton building some chemistry
D’Amigo and Ashton each scored in the Marlies 4-1 win on Friday, and although they didn’t find the score sheet on this night, both were a force in the Rochester end. They created several excellent scoring chances in the third period and had a lot of energy that seemed to spread to their team-mates. A good sign for a couple of guys who needed to get it going and if they can keep it up, it just makes this Marlies team that much deeper.