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Americans complete comeback, down Marlies 4-3 in overtime

TORONTO - David Brine scored the winning goal less than two minutes into overtime as the Rochester Americans earned a 4-3 comeback victory over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday.

With Toronto on a power play, Brine streaked down the right side and beat Marlies goaltender Adam Munro with a wrist shot.

Brine's winner, Rochester's second short-handed goal of the American Hockey League game, capped a comeback that began after the Marlies built a three-goal lead in the first period on goals by Ryan Hamilton, Andre Deveaux and Alex Foster.

"We got a little complacent there, which happens sometimes with a young team," said Deveaux. "We've just got to learn from it.

"It's okay to win games four or five-nothing."

Despite surrendering the three early goals, Rochester netminder Tyler Plante kept the visitors in the game until their offence took over. Plante also made a point-blank pad save on Deveaux seconds before Brine's game-winning goal.

Brine added an assist for the Americans, who also got two goals from Michal Repik and three assists from Kenndal McArdle.

Hamilton had a goal and an assist to pace the Toronto offence.

The win gave the Americans a sweep of the weekend home-and-home series between the two teams. Rochester won 5-2 at home on Friday.

The Marlies dominated the first 20 minutes in front of 2,234 fans at the Ricoh Coliseum, outshooting the Americans 18-9.

Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play less than five minutes into the game, poking a loose puck past Plante after the Rochester netminder mishandled Tyler Bozak's weak shot from outside the blue line.

Deveaux tipped in Juraj Mikus' point shot at the 13:19 mark and Foster followed 90 seconds later, snapping a low wrist shot past Plante to give the Marlies a 3-0 lead.

The home side also enjoyed the edge in physical play for the first half of the game, with Deveaux in particular delivering several big hits.

Toronto coach Dallas Eakins said the sudden loss of this physical edge - as well as mental focus - led to the loss.

"It's almost like we felt sorry for them. We're up 3-0 so we're not going to hit you anymore," said Eakins. "If you quit driving people through the boards and quit checking them, they're going to put it in the net, and that's exactly what happened."

The Americans climbed back into the game late in the second period with two quick goals from Repik.

The Rochester winger fired a one-timer past Munro with less than four minutes to play in the period. Just over a minute later, Repik sent a backhand shot past a sprawling Munro to bring the visitors within a goal.

The Marlies got a chance to extend their lead with a power-play early in the third period, but instead it was the Americans who capitalized, with Clay Wilson converting a centring pass to tie the game.

Deveaux said Toronto's shorthanded breakdowns were "unacceptable."

"It's something we're going to have to look at, but at the same time it's just five games into the season so there's a lot of time to correct it," he said.

Munro was starting his first game of the season for Toronto after signing a tryout contract earlier in the week. The goaltender, who played 26 games for the Marlies last season, stopped 20 shots.

Plante finished the game with 40 saves for Rochester.

The Americans (4-1-1-0) won their third consecutive game. The Marlies (2-2-1-0) have lost three straight, despite out-shooting the opposition in each of those games.

Toronto begins a three-game road trip on Tuesday against the Abbotsford Heat.

NOTES: The Marlies have signed goaltender Beau Erickson to a professional tryout contract. The 23-year-old Iowa native played one pre-season game for Toronto and went 1-1-2 in five games for the ECHL's Reading Royals last season. Erickson backed up starter Adam MunroaToronto's Richard Greenop scored his first AHL point, picking up an assist on Alex Foster's first-period goal.


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