Toronto's Nazem Kadri scored 7:13 into the first period, and the tally stood as the only goal in the contest as the Marlies outlasted the Rochester Americans by a score of 1-0 in front of 6,414 fans at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.The Amerks head out to Western Canada on Tuesday, April 3 for the first of back-to-back tilts with the Abbotsford Heat at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Game time is slated for 10:00 p.m.
The loss moved the Amerks to 9-4-2-1 over their last 16 games. Rochester outshot the Marlies 23-14 over the game's final 40 minutes.
Both goaltenders produced stellar performances between the pipes for their respective clubs, with Toronto's Mark Owuya denying all 27 Amerks shots to earn his second shutout of the season. Amerks netminder David Leggio finished with 28 saves while starting for the 16th consecutive game.
"I think this whole (upcoming) week (in Abbotsford) is a good push for our team," said Head Coach Ron Rolston. "It will be great for us to get out of Rochester and be together because it is going to be the most important time of the year for our team."
Kadri's goal, his third in the past two games, was set up by defenseman Korbinian Holzer, who pinched in from his point position to the left circle and found the second-year forward streaking toward the net for the goal, which turned out to be the difference in the game.