Ruzicka scores in shootout as Phantoms spook Marlies 2-1

PHILADELPHIA – Stefan Ruzicka scored the shootout winner as the Philadelphia Phantoms edged the Toronto Marlies 2-1 Friday in American Hockey League action.

Robbie Earl put the North Division-leading Marlies (16-5-0-5) on the board first at 9:16 on the first period for his sixth of the year. Darryl Boyce and Phil Oreskovic registered assists on the marker.

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Frederik Cabana tied it midway through the third for the East Division-leading Phantoms (18-7-1-0). The goal was his third this year.

Brian Boucher’s 23 saves earned him a win for Philadelphia, while Toronto’s Justin Pogge stopped 21.