The Abbotsford Heat started game two red-hot but fizzled by the end as the Toronto Marlies roared back with five unanswered goals to even up its Western Conference semifinal in the AHL playoffs.
After 10 regular season matchups it was obvious that there wasn’t much separating North Division rivals the Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans with each game ending in a one-goal decision.
Home sweet home. After ending a nine-game road trip the Toronto Marlies returned to Ricoh Coliseum Saturday to complete the home and home sweep with a 3-2 win over its rival Rochester Americans.
Toronto Marlies winger Jerry D'Amigo and Rochester Americans defenceman T.J. Brennan are separated by an official as tensions heated up in game two of the best-of-five Western Conference quarterfinals. D'Amigo was the hero once again scoring two goals and the game winner in a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon at a sold-out Ricoh Coliseum
Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton (centre) is congratulated by Philippe Dupuis (right) and Nazem Kadri (left) after scoring in the first period to tie the game at 1-1
The Toronto Marlies celebrate its 3-2 win over the Rochester Americans
Ben Scrivens stares down Americans forward Paul Szczechura who streaks in on a breakaway, but the Marlies netminder would turn aside the backhanded attempt on goal
Defenceman Simon Gysbers is congratulated by teammates after tying the game at 1-1
Heat goalie Danny Taylor kicks out his leg to stop Marlies winger Will Acton on penalty shot with 1:20 left in the third period
D'Amigo celebrates his game-winning goal in the background while Rochester players look dejected after giving up the go-ahead goal with just 1:50 left to play in the third period
Marlies winger Jerry D'Amigo finishes his hard drive to the net and puts the puck past Americans goalie David Leggio on the game winning goal. Defenceman Mark Fraser who started the play and made the perfect pass was knocked down in the process
Heat defenceman Clay Wilson slashes at the stick of Marlies winger Will Acton
Toronto Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens makes a big save on Abbotsford Heat forward Jon Rheault in game two of the Western Conference Semifinal in the AHL playoffs. Toronto won the game 5-1 at Ricoh Coliseum to even the series at 1-1
Marlies goalie Mark Owuya turns aside Americans winger Colin Stuart's penalty shot attempt in the second period
Marlies' Jake Gardiner and Jerry D'Amigo watch as the Heat celebrate the game's opening goal at the Ricoh Colisuem on Tuesday night
Marlies forward Carter Ashton looks behind him to see that a Mike Zigomanis shot from the point did get past Americans goalie David Leggio. The power play goal gave Toronto a 2-0 lead late in the first period
Marlies forward Mike Zigomanis snaps a shot towards the Americans net
Toronto Marlies centre Nazem Kadri faces off against Mark Voakes Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum
Toronto fans cheer the Marlies to another victory at Ricoh Coliseum
Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens sprawls out along the ice to stop Americans forward Igor Gongalsky. Scrivens was much busier than game one and stopped 23 of 26 shots to pick up his second win of the first round series
The Toronto Marlies celebrate one of its three goals in the third period in a 4-3 win over the Rochester Americans on Thursday night. The Marlies used its home ice advantage at Ricoh Colisuem to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series