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Troy Bodie lifts Toronto Marlies over Charlotte Checkers 3-2

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 9:55 PM The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Troy Bodie scored the winner as the Toronto Marlies extended their win streak to three games with a 3-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday in American Hockey League action Tuesday.

Bodie re-directed a John-Michael Liles point shot at 13:26 of the third period, beating John Muse for his first of the season as Toronto defeated Charlotte for the second time in three games.

Josh Leivo and Brad Ross had the other goals for the Marlies (9-6-1), while Drew MacIntyre made 15 saves improving to 9-4-0 on the season.

Brett Sutter and Rasmus Rissanen scored for the Checkers (5-10-1), who have now lost a franchise-worse seven in a row. Muse stopped 27 shots.

Sutter tied the game 2-2 at 2:17 of the third beating MacIntyre blocker-side for his first of the season.

Marlies defenceman Petter Granberg stepped up the physical play in the second period.

Granberg caught Sutter, with an open-ice, blindside, hit near the 13-minute mark of the period. Sutter struggled to get to his feet and left the game briefly. Granberg did not receive a penalty on the play.

A minute later, Granberg levelled Checkers' forward Sean Dolan in the corner and was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Dolan was able to skate to the Charlotte bench under his own strength and remained in the game.

Rissanen got Charlotte on the board at 11:02 of the first period when his point shot got past a screened MacIntyre.

Toronto's Ross tied it 1-1 at 14:30 putting home the rebound off a Granberg shot past a sprawling Muse.

Leivo gave the Marlies a 2-1 lead, on a power play, at 5:39 of the second beating Muse glove side with a wrist shot for his fifth of the season

Notes: Toronto assigned goaltender Garret Sparks to the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears and recalled Christopher Gibson. Marlies forward Jamie Devane was suspended one game by the American Hockey League on Monday for a boarding penalty he received in Toronto's 3-2 shootout victory Sunday. The AHL and Marlies announced Monday that Toronto will play an exhibition game Feb. 15 against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

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