Despite their best efforts to get back on the winning side of things against the Toronto Marlies, the Rochester Americans fell a few minutes short of being able to pull off a comeback that would have at least gotten them a point in the standings.
Thanks to a three point night by Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri (2+1 and 1+2 respectively) – and a two goal production by the Toronto Marlies power play – they had a 4-0 lead on the Rochester Americans just about halfway through the game – before the Amerks, despite going shot for shot with the Marlies – could get into the game.
The Rochester squad was able to stop the bleeding and get on the scoreboard in the second period and own the final 30 minutes of play, and despite a two goal effort by second year pro Jonathan Parker – could not overcome the four goal deficit they had gotten themselves into.
Luke Adam was able to punch through a goal at the 19 minute mark of the third to make the score look respectable, but the Marlies were able to hold on long enough, despite being out shot by the Amerks.
The stat of the game stood on on the box score like sore thumb – both teams skated short handed three times; unfortunately for the Rochester Americans who scored 0 power play goals, the Marlies capitalized twice with the man advantage.
Through four games so far in the season series, the Toronto Marlies are 4-0 against the Rochester Americans, outscoring them 14-7 in those four games.
The Amerks have two days off before entertaining the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday at the Blue Cross Arena.