Marlies take 2-0 series lead
(CP) -- Jerry D'Amigo scored his first goal of the playoffs and added an assist as the Toronto Marlies beat the Rochester Americans 2-0 on Sunday in Game 2 of their American Hockey League first-round series.
Mike Zigomanis also had his first goal of the postseason in the second period and it proved to be the winner as the Marlies have now taken a 2-0 stranglehold in the best-of-five conference quarterfinal series.
Drew MacIntyre (2-0) made 25 saves for his fifth career playoff shutout for the Marlies.
Matt Hackett (0-1) stopped 18 shots for the Americans.
After a scoreless first period where the teams combined for only nine shots, Rochester succumbed to a bit of a discipline problem in the second.
Toronto went on the power play on five occasions in the second and Zigomanis gave Toronto the lead on the third of those opportunities at 12:39.
After D’Amigo’s initial shot from the left side was saved, Greg Scott had the first chance at the rebound from close range but Zigomanis was there to bang in the second rebound.
D’Amigo put Toronto up by two goals at 1:45 of the third after the Marlies capitalized on some poor team play by Rochester.
Hackett had gone behind the net to play the puck and was challenged by the Marlies’ Greg McKegg. Hackett got the puck out to teammate Alex Biega who mistakenly knocked the puck right back behind the net.
McKegg was the beneficiary on that play and he put the puck in front to D’Amigo, who had the whole net to shoot at as Hackett was still stuck behind the goal.
The Marlies went 1-for-8 on the power play while the Americans were scoreless in five opportunities.
Toronto, which is 21-4 vs. Rochester over the last two seasons -- including 5-0 in the playoffs -- can clinch the series on Wednesday as the series moves to Rochester, N.Y., for Game 3.
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