The suffering continues for the fans of the Rochester Americans, as they watched the Toronto Marlies skate over their boys in red, white, and blue.
Despite being outshot in the first period – the Amerks were holding their own, until the 16 minute mark; when the Marlies put up goal number one on the board. 15 seconds later, Matt Frattin made it two goals.
Two fast goals at the end of the first took all life out of the Rochester Americans – and David Leggio did what he could turning aside 27 of 30 shots to keep the score a respectable 3-1 (Marlies 4th goal was an empty netter).
Frattin struck again to take all hope of a comeback out of the night early in the second period, and the empty netter was added to pour salt in a very wounded Rochester Americans.
Maxime Legault was able to get the Rochester Americans away from shutout territory with his first of the year, but it was little too late as the Toronto Marlies had already put three past Leggio.
The Americans power play suffered almost the same fate, hitting 0 for 4. Rochester made it a parade to the penalty box – and the Marlies hit for one goal on seven attempts.
The final death toll for the Amerks was a double minor to Brian Flynn at 14:36 of the third.
There is no rest for the team, as they hit the road tonight right after the game – and face the same Toronto Marlies tomorrow night at the Ricoh Coliseum Saturday night for the second part of the home and home.