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Amerks fall to Toronto in road-opener
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
The young Rochester Americans experienced some growing pains on their first road trip to Canada this season.
The Toronto Marlies scored four unanswered goals, including two in the first six minutes of the second period, as they defeated the Amerks 4-1 Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum.
"Given all the circumstances, and you hate to make excuses, but I thought we worked awfully hard and we just wore down toward the end," Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "We were getting by with some good saves from Adam (Dennis). They were a well-rested team and that was the difference."
With the Amerks (1-1) ahead 1-0 toward the end of the first period, Clarke MacArthur was skating the puck down the ice when a Toronto defender pulled him down and off the puck. Colin Murphy snatched up the loose puck, skated into the Rochester zone and scored on a wrist shot from 15 feet away to tie the score for the Marlies (1-0).
"Last year that probably would have been called a penalty," Cunneyworth said. "But those are the type of things you have to deal with in this league and the good teams will overcome them."
The Marlies took a 2-1 lead on a rebound goal by Jeremy Williams less than three minutes into the second period.
Three minutes later Alex Foster gave Toronto a 3-1 edge. It was the third short-handed goal the Amerks have allowed in two games.
Adam Taylor scored his first career AHL goal and gave the Amerks a 1-0 lead 11:46 into the first period.
Taylor came out of the right corner with the puck, skated along the goal line and scored in the upper-right corner of the net.
"That was a very nice goal by Adam," Cunneyworth added.
The matchup: Amerks vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens).
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