D'Amigo's shootout goal helps Marlies top Rampage

The Canadian Press
2/5/2014 3:38:39 PM
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TORONTO -- Toronto Marlies coach Steve Spott didn't hesitate in calling Wednesday afternoon's game Jerry D'Amigo's best of the season.

D'Amigo scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 in American Hockey League action.

"He's come back from the Leafs with a great attitude and the display he put on scoring goals, killing penalties and then in the shootout, he got our game puck and was deserving of it," said Spott.

D'Amigo beat Rampage starter Jacob Markstrom blocker-side in the sixth round of the shootout for the winner.

"I was trying to bait the goalie to think I was going high blocker and went low," said D'Amigo. "I kind of do that all the time when we do shootouts and I've got a couple different moves from there, whatever I kind of read off the goalie, but it just kind of hit the post and went in."

Brad Ross and Korbinian Holzer had the other goals in regulation for Toronto (27-15-4).

Ryan Martindale, Matt Gilroy, John McFarland and Drew Shore replied for San Antonio (17-21-8).

Gilroy had the best scoring chance in overtime, getting three opportunities to beat Marlies goalie Garret Sparks at 3:20 but came up short.

"He was good, solid," said Spott of his netminder. "A real good prospect. He and Christopher Gibson auditioning for full time play up here and both guys have been solid. I think Garrett, since he's been recalled, has been very solid for us here in Toronto."

Sparks stopped 18 shots in relief of Drew MacIntyre while Markstrom, who had lost both previous games against the Marlies, made 34 saves.

Toronto improved to 3-0 this season against San Antonio, with one more regular-season meeting to go. The Marlies earned their third victory in six games and returned home after losing twice on their three-game, three-night road trip.

Despite the loss, San Antonio is 10-4-4 all-time against Toronto and 5-1-1 at Ricoh Coliseum. The Rampage haven't lost in regulation in six straight games (2-0-4) but dropped to 4-14-3 on the road.

Alex Petrovic and Shore were playing in their first games since being re-assigned by the NHL's Florida Panthers.

Greg McKegg, who played one game on a recall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, had two assists for the Marlies.

"We rely on him in so many different categories. It was nice that he had his first NHL opportunity," Spott said. "It wasn't exactly a Tuesday night in Nashville, it was on Hockey Night in Canada against Ottawa so it was a great experience for both Greg and his family.

"He's come back here, I think, with a great mind set and we're going to lean on him heavily down the stretch."

Martindale put San Antonio ahead 4-3 with a short-handed goal at 12:39 of the third, beating Sparks to the stick-side for his fifth of the season.

Ross tied it 4-4 at 14:29 on the power play, his fifth of the campaign.

Prior to that, the two teams exchanged four second-period goals. D'Amigo gave Toronto a 2-1 lead 1:18 into the period on the power play, his second of the game. Gilroy scored 36 seconds later to make it 2-2.

McFarland replied at 14:33 to give the Rampage its first lead of the game. That goal was the third allowed on 15 shots by MacIntyre, who was then replaced by Sparks.

"Sometimes you're right and some times you're wrong," said Spott. "I just felt at that point, we needed to change something and unfortunately some times you have to pull your goaltender to shake up your hockey club."

Holzer then tied it 3-3 at 17:36 for Toronto.

D'Amigo opened the scoring with his eighth of the season at 7:38 of the first before Shore tied it less than a minute later.

"Kind of got things going in the first period, and started us off good with that goal. That kind of gave me the confidence to keep moving the puck," said D'Amigo. "I was just moving my feet the whole game and that helped out a lot."

Toronto continues its season-high 10-game homestand Friday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Toronto Marlies (Photo: TSN.ca)


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