Marlies Take 2-0 Series Lead
Drew MacIntyre turned aside 25-shots as the Toronto Marlies shutout the Rochester Americans 2-0 to lead the best-of-five series two games to nothing.
After a high scoring game one on Saturday, the Marlies and Americans got off to a slow start Sunday as neither team managed to score in the first period. After twenty minutes of play, the Marlies led in shots 5-4.
The Marlies got on the board in the second period courtesy of Mike Zigomanis. Brian Flynn headed to the box for the Americans for high-sticking. On the ensuing powerplay Zigomanis took a feed from Greg Scott and beat Rochester’s netminder Matt Hackett for the 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Jerry D’Amigo gave Toronto a 2-0 lead just a minute and 45-seconds into the third period as he beat Hackett with his first of the playoffs. MacIntyre then went on to stand on his head in the final frame by turning aside 15 shots from the Americans to preserve the victory.
The Americans now find themselves in a hole as they trail the series 2-0 and are just one game away from being swept out of the playoffs. The Marlies will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday as the series shifts back to Rochester for game three.