Parker scored his first
two goals of the season to help the Rochester Americans stage another
late-game rally, but it wasn't enough as the Amerks fell just short in a
4-3 decision to the Toronto Marlies Saturday evening at Ricoh Coliseum.
Tonight's contest marked the third meeting
in the last four games between the North Division rivals and the second
in as many weeks as Rochester fell to 10-9-2-0 on the season.
Facing a 4-0 deficit late in the second period, the Amerks reeled off
three unanswered goals, including two in the third period, only to have
their comeback attempt fall short. Parker jumpstarted the rally with a
pair of markers before Luke Adam found the back
of the net in the closing minute to bring Rochester within a goal. York native Connor Knapp got his second straight start in goal for the Amerks after making 41 saves in Friday's win over
Adirondack to earn his first pro victory.
Jake Gardiner (2+1) and Nazem Kadri (1+2) led the Marlies with three
points apiece, while veteran forward Keith Aucoin checked in with a pair
of assists. Ben Scrivens turned away 32 of 35 shots to earn his eighth
win of the season and help Toronto improve to
4-0-0-0 against Rochester this season.
got off to a quick start on Saturday, scoring twice in the first 5:37
of the game to take
a 2-0 lead into the intermission. First, Kadri scored his third goal in
the last two games against the Amerks, netting his sixth of the season
off of assists from Gardiner and Matt Frattin.
Three minutes later, the Marlies increased their lead to 2-0 when Ryan Hamilton got one past Knapp for his eighth
goal of the season. Aucoin and Simon Gysbers collected the helpers.
through the second period, Gardiner scored two power-play goals in a
span of less than a minute. His first
came during a 4-on-3 advantage on a one-timer from the high slot off a
feed from Kadri. Then at the start of a new power-play, a face-off win
by Aucoin and a quick feed from Kadri resulted in another one-time goal
got Rochester on the board at the 13:44 mark of the second period with
his first goal of the season. Brayden
McNabb found Parker open on the goal line near the left post, and Parker
collected the pass, turned, and banked it in off Scrivens for the goal.
Mark Mancari also added an assist on the goal.
would score again late in the third period off a great pass from Kevin
Sundher. Following a dump-in, Sundher
chased down a loose puck in the corner and made a backhanded pass to the
slot, where Parker quickly snapped a shot past Scrivens while getting
hauled down by a Toronto defender to make it a 4-2 game.
Rochester pulled within one with just a minute left to play in
regulation as Adam converted a pass from Kevin Porter to make it a 4-3
game. With Knapp on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, Alex Biega
made a great play at the blueline to keep the puck
alive in the offensive zone. Porter, stationed at the left half-wall,
then gained possession and slide a cross-ice pass to Adam, who one-timed
it past Scrivens for his third goal of the season.
The Amerks would once again nearly convert on another last-minute 6-on-5
opportunity to force the game to overtime, but the Toronto defense and
Scrivens foiled Rochester's comeback attempt and held on for the win.
The Amerks return home on Tuesday, Dec. 11 as Rochester hosts the first-place Abbotsford Heat at 7:05 p.m. at The
Blue Cross Arena.