Marlies fall to Rochester

DEAN MCNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The Toronto Marlies had four days to learn from a pair of penalty-filled losses to the Hamilton Bulldogs last weekend.

They obviously didn't as they fell 6-4 last night to the Rochester Americans before 6,110 fans at the Ricoh Coliseum

And it was a parade to the penalty box that again killed any chance of the Marlies recording a home victory.

The Amerks were awarded 12 power-play opportunities -- including three with a two-man advantage -- and scored on five of those chances.

Rochester centre Derek Roy was the biggest beneficiary of the Marlies' largesse picking up four power-play points on one goal and three assists.

But Marlies coach Paul Maurice wasn't ready to place all of the blame on his players' shoulders.

"I think we deserved some of the penalties we took," Maurice said. "I think some of their penalties were helped."

Maurice said that he thought the referees might have been "enthusiastic" with some of the obstruction calls that went against his team.

"I should say it was only halfway enthusiastic," he said. "I think Rochester was overly enthusiastic."

When the Marlies were finally able to get some flow going in the second period on a pair of goals from Bates Battaglia, goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped it cold with an interference penalty allowing the Amerks yet another power-play opportunity that resulted in a goal.

He was replaced in the third period by backup Jean-Francois Racine, who played solidly the rest of the way.

"I was happy with Racine's play," Maurice said. "To come in cold and make some saves ... it's a good sign for him."

The other bright spot for the Marlies was Battaglia's play.

"I think his hands are starting to come back to him," Maurice said of the NHL veteran. "He's starting to use his size."

Battaglia said that while it was nice to get a couple of goals the team has to play more disciplined.

"It's something (penalty calls) you have to read and we didn't do that," he said. "They definitely took advantage of it, we just have to stay out of the box. The penalties really killed us."

Toronto also got goals from Jeremy Williams and Ben Ondrus.

Jason Pominville scored a pair of goals for Rochester with singles going to Chris Taylor, Clarke MacArthur and Gregory Campbell.

The loss dropped the Marlies to 2-5 -- worst in the AHL's North Division.

The Marlies will have little time to nurse their wounds. They are back on the ice today against the Hershey Bears for a 7 p.m. start at the Ricoh.


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