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Marlies hang on to crown Monarchs

Colin Murphy had two goals and an assist and Jeremy Williams added four points as Toronto withstood a late rally to defeat Manchester, 6-4, on Friday night.

The Marlies raced out to a 5-0 lead before the game was even 13 minutes old. After Williams and Murphy got Toronto on the board first, John Pohl, Murphy and Roman Kukumberg scored in a 104-second span.

Brad Fast got one back for the Monarchs late in the first period, and Brendan Bernakevitch made it 5-2 after two.

Manchester kept coming, with Mark Ardelan and Petr Kanko closing the deficit to one with 1:41 left in regulation.

But the Marlies got an empty-netter from Ben Ondrus to seal the win, improving to 4-2-2-0 through eight games of their 10-game road swing.

Tyler Beechey recorded three assists for Toronto, which heads to Portland for a game against the Atlantic Division-leading Pirates on Saturday night.

Elsewhere on Friday:

Jiri Hudler helped Grand Rapids stay four points up on Manitoba in the North.
  • Barry Tallackson recorded three assists and Frank Doyle made 38 saves as Albany defeated Binghamton, 4-2
  • Rookie Tyler Redenbach scored one of Providence’s two shorthanded goals in a 4-1 win over visiting Bridgeport, the Bruins’ 10th straight home win
  • Jason Jaffray scored with 1:39 left in regulation and Ryan Bayda scored 1:28 into overtime to give Manitoba a 2-1 win in Philadelphia, the Moose’s sixth straight victory
  • Rich Peverley scored with 1:31 to go as Milwaukee escaped with a 5-4 win over Cleveland
  • Jason Jaspers‘ second goal of the game came 20 seconds into overtime as Springfield rallied from two goals down to defeat Portland, 4-3
  • Led by Colin Forbes with two goals and an assist, Hershey scored six unanswered goals and defeated Norfolk, 7-4
  • Matt Hendricks recorded two goals and an assist as Rochester beat Syracuse, 5-2
  • Keith Aucoin and Nicklas Nordgren each scored twice and Johnny Boychuk and Paul Healey had three assists apiece as Lowell flattened Hartford, 8-2
  • Jiri Hudler scored twice for Grand Rapids in a 3-2 win at Omaha
  • Pavel Brendl scored with 6:36 to play and David LeNeveu made 45 saves as San Antonio edged Chicago, 3-2
  • Miroslav Kopriva stopped 26 shots as Houston beat Peoria, 2-1