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Battaglia’s late goal lifts Marlies to Game 7 victory


TORONTO 2, SAN ANTONIO 1

Bates Battaglia broke a 1-1 tie with 58.1 seconds left in regulation, lifting Toronto to a dramatic 2-1 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 of their North Division semifinal on Monday at Ricoh Coliseum.

The Marlies secured their first-ever Calder Cup Playoff series victory and will square off with Syracuse in the division finals, begining Friday.

After a scoreless first period, Toronto’s Kris Newbury put his team on top with a power play goal at 9:59 of the second period.

The Rampage countered with a power play marker of their own at 6:51 of the third stanza, as Enver Lisin scored off a feed from Mike Zigomanis.

That set the stage for Battaglia’s series-winning goal in the final minute. Ben Ondrus picked up the lone assist.

Marlies goaltender Scott Clemmensen earned the victory with 37 saves on 38 shots.

Toronto will host Games 1 and 2 of the North Division finals against Syracuse on Friday and Sunday, respectively.