TORONTO - Goalie Matt Hackett made 29 saves — and survived a penalty shot — as the Rochester Americans downed the host Toronto Marlies 4-1 in American Hockey League action on Saturday.
Hackett was the beneficiary of solid team defence in front of him, and also got some help from his goalposts. Toronto defenceman John-Michael Liles clanged one midway through the second period and again in the third, and T.J. Brennan hit the post on a penalty shot early in the third period.
Luke Adam scored his seventh goal in seven games, to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Mike Zigomanis, Alexander Sulzer and Phila Varone — with an empty-netter — provided the rest of the Americans offence.
Adam and Varone chipped in with an assist apiece for two-point games. The contest also marked Zigomanis' return to Toronto, where he spent the previous four seasons with the Marlies before signing with Rochester last summer.
The Americans improved to 4-2-1 on the season with their third win in four outings.
Rochester clicked on the power play, going 2-for-7 while allowing zero goals on six penalty kills.
The Marlies have lost three of their past four games, scoring a total of six goals in that span, to fall to 4-3-0.
Rochester led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 through 40 minutes.
Adam opened the scoring on the power play when he whipped a high wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past Sparks' glove at 16:09 of the first period, just four seconds after Toronto's Tyler Biggs was sent off for holding.
Zigomanis, with his third goal of the season, whacked a rebound over Sparks' blocker at 7:12 of the second period. Sulzer made it 3-0 for the visitors when Adam fired a cross-ice pass which the Americans' defenceman one-timed into the gaping net at 16:58 of the middle frame.
After Brennan's penalty shot hit iron early in the third period, Abbott tapped a rebound into the open net to put the Marlies on the scoreboard at 10:16 and Varone closed out the scoring with an unassisted empty-netter at 19:45.
The Marlies visit the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, while the Americans are off until next Friday when they host the Syracuse Crunch.
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