Rochester netminder Matt Hackett earned the start between the pipes and made 18 saves in his postseason debut for the Amerks. The game also featured the American Hockey League debut of forward Mikhail Grigorenko, who was reassigned to Rochester Saturday along with rookies Brian Flynn and Mark Pysyk by the Buffalo Sabres following the conclusion of the NHL's regular season. With Grigorenko playing in his first game as an Amerk, it marked the first time that both of the Buffalo Sabres' first round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft were in Rochester's lineup at the same time, as Grigorenko (12th overall) skated alongside Zemgus Grigensons (14th overall). Grigorenko is the highest drafted Sabres prospect to play for the Amerks since Thomas Vanek (5th overall, 2003) spent the 2004-05 season in Rochester.
Mike Zigomanis rounded out the scoring for the hometown Marlies as his first goal of the playoffs midway through the second proved to be the game-winner. With his 25-save effort, MacIntyre pushed Toronto to within one game of advancing to the second round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs for the second straight year.
The Amerks will host their first home game of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, May 1 as Rochester looks to stave off elimination in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Marlies. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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