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Gibson makes 34 saves in AHL debut as Marlies beat Rampage 4-2

Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 7:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Gibson makes 34 saves in AHL debut as Marlies beat Rampage 4-2

SAN ANTONIO - Christopher Gibson made 30 saves in his American Hockey League debut as the Toronto Marlies beat the host San Antonio Rampage 4-2 on Sunday.

Defenceman T.J. Brennan scored the winning goal and added an assist for the Marlies (10-7-1) while Spencer Abbott, Troy Bodie and Jerry D'Amigo scored the others. John-Michael Liles chipped in with two assists.

Greg Rallo and Colby Robak supplied the offence for the Rampage (9-9-1), who lost for the first time in three outings.

San Antonio's Jacob Markstrom stopped 24-of-27 shots in a losing cause.

Gibson was given his first start for Toronto after being summoned from the ECHL on Nov. 19th. The 20-year-old played seven games with the Orlando Solar Bears, posting a 2-4-1 record with a 2.70 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

The Rampage put 19 shots on Gibson in the opening period, however only Robak could get one past him as San Antonio took a 1-0 lead into first intermission.

Abbott responded with a power-play goal for the Marlies just 49 seconds into the second period and Bodie gave Toronto its first lead at 18:43.

The lead didn't last long, though, as Rallo tied the game while on the power play 59 seconds later.

The game remained 2-2 until 16:05 of the third when Brennan scored Toronto's second power-play goal of the game while Jed Ortmeyer was in the box serving a minor for interference.

D'Amigo added an empty-net goal at 19:50.

The Marlies went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Rampage scored once on four chances with the man advantage.

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