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Mark Mancari Hat Trick Nets Rochester Americans First Win Against Toronto Marlies

In Thomas Vanek like fashion – Mark Mancari led the Rochester Americans to victory over the Toronto Marlies – the first time the QEW rival fell to the Amerks in 11 contests.

OK – So Mancari didn’t single handily bring the Amerks to victory, but he did get a hat trick.

In a game that was supposed to have been televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel – for some reason I only got a Niagara hockey feed.  Nothing against the Purple Eagles, but I was looking forward to tonight’s televised game, and in seeing the final score, would have loved to see it live!

Fail Time Warner Cable, score Rochester Americans.  Hopefully the feed issue will be fixed tomorrow, so I can watch the Rochester Americans continue their winning streak that started before the All Star Classic Break.

Mancari opened the scoring, and added two in the third period, while veteran captain Kevin Porter added the game winner late in the first period.

Rochester came out whipping out goals, and before the Marlies were able to get in the game – the Rochester Americans had amassed a four goal lead.  David Leggio was strong in net, allowing only one goal in the third period, stopping 27 of the 28 pucks thrown his way.  Jerry D’amigo was the lone Marlie to get one by Leggio.

The Americans are now on a solid winning streak – four games.  Their last loss came to the Binghamton Senators on January 16th, 2012.  You have to go back a week earlier to their last loss in Rochester, when they fell to Syracuse on January 9th.  Rochester now sits in seventh place in the conference, only them and the Houston Aeros are in the top eight with less than 50 points (both teams are tied with 49).

Tomorrow the Amerks will try to make it five in a row against the Syracuse Crunch.  The game is scheduled, according to the Amerks website to be on television as well, but tonights game was billeted as the same.  We will see if TWC will thwart WNY from seeing their prospects play or if they will let the feed go through.


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