Nazem Kadri scores in overtime as Toronto Marlies rally to beat Rochester Americans 3-2
Nazem Kadri scored in overtime and in regulation as the Toronto Marlies rallied to beat the Rochester Americans 3-2 in American Hockey League action at the Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday night.
Kadri took a cross-ice pass on the rush from Matt Frattin and snapped a shot past goalie David Leggio at 1:06 of overtime to give the Marlies a sweep of back-to-back games against Rochester.
Paul Ranger had the other goal for Toronto (10-8-1), while Ben Scrivens stopped 36 shots in his second straight start.
Brayden McNabb and Alex Biega scored for Rochester (9-8-1). Leggio made 32 saves in defeat.
The Marlies beat the Americans 4-1 on Friday in the first meeting between the teams this season.
Rochester opened the scoring Saturday on the power play with the only goal of the first period. With Keith Aucoin off for slashing, McNabb fired a slapshot from the point that drifted past a screened Scrivens.
The Americans dominated the play in the second period, outshooting Toronto 19-6, but the Marlies finally tied the game with five minutes left in the period on a power-play goal of its own.
With Luke Adam off for slashing, Frattin worked the puck down low to Aucoin, who made a hard cross-ice pass through the crease to Kadri for an easy tap-in at the side of the net.
It was Kadri’s third goal of the season to go with his 13 assists.
But the tie was short-lived as Rochester came back just over a minute later. Biega skated harmlessly through the neutral zone and snapped a shot inside the Marlies’ blue line that deflected in off defenceman Korbinian Holzer’s stick.
The goal was just Biega’s second of the season.
Late in the period, the Marlies’ Will Acton made an ill-advised decision to fight the American’s Marcus Foligno, who quickly dropped Acton to the ice with a flurry of heavy punches.
Toronto pressed the action in the third period, outshooting Rochester 16-9 and tying it again at 15:12. Ranger picked off a Rochester clearing attempt at the top of the circle and snapped a shot in the top right corner.
NOTES: The Marlies host the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday. . . . It was just Toronto’s seventh home game of the season, second-fewest in the AHL behind the Milwaukee Admirals. . . . Eight of the Marlies’ 12 games in December are at home. . . . After leading the AHL in penalty-killing the past two seasons, the Marlies were ranked 21st overall coming into Saturday’s game, though they ranked seventh at home. . . . Announced attendance was 7,851.
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