Marlies Win In OT, Knock Amerks From Playoffs

The Amerks are at least improving.

Last year, Rochester was knocked out of the playoffs in three games by the Toronto Marlies.

This year, the series went three games and five minutes.

Will Acton tipped in a Kevin Marshall slapshot 5:14 into overtime as Toronto beat the Amerks 3-2 in game three Wednesday night at Blue Cross Arena and swept the best-of-five first rounds series 3-0.

David Leggio got the start in goal over Matt Hackett for the Amerks and was the first netminder to allow a goal. Greg Scott roofed a wrister from the slot to score shorthanded six minutes into the second period.

The Amerks were listless until Cody McCormick fight with Mike Komisarek woke Rochester up. Zemgus Girgensons scored two minutes after the fight to tie the game at 1.

Toronto struck again when Greg McKegg scored with 48 seconds to play in the second.

Rochester trailed 2-1 into the third period, but Nick Tarnasky whipped a shot off the post and in to knot things at two and force OT. However, Acton's tip sent the home crowd home unhappy.

The Amerks have now lost 17 of their last 18 games against the Marlies, including 12 of 13 this season and six in a row in the playoffs. The re-uniting of the Amerks and Sabres has yet to produce a single playoff win for either team.

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