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Carter Ashton leads Marlies past Checkers 5-2; Toronto sweeps season series

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Carter Ashton leads Marlies past Checkers 5-2; Toronto sweeps season series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carter Ashton had a pair of goals and added an assist as the Toronto Marlies downed the Charlotte Checkers 5-2 on Saturday in the American Hockey League.

Greg McKegg scored and assisted on both of Ashton's goals as Toronto (16-9-2) swept the season series with Charlotte. Tyler Biggs and Kenny Ryan rounded out the Marlies' offence, while Drew MacIntyre made 36 saves for the win.

Chris Terry and captain Brett Sutter replied for Charlotte (12-16-1). John Muse stopped 32 of 26 shots in net.

Toronto did not score on its two power plays. the Checkers went 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

The Marlies are in first in the North Division and on a five-game point streak, having won four with one shootout loss.

Charlotte has lost two in a row, both to Toronto.

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