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Kozun scores winner as Marlies edge Monsters in shootout

Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Brandon Kozun picked up the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.

Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner.

Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4).

Drew MacIntyre stopped all four shooters he faced in the shootout and turned aside 28 shots for his 20th win of the season. Pickard made 28 saves in the loss.

Stuart Percy and Jamie Devane scored in regulation for the Marlie to force overtime.

Andrew Agozzino and Cam Reid had the goals for the Monsters (17-20-3).

The loss was Lake Erie's eighth straight loss. The Toronto win evened the season series at two games apiece.

Lake Erie opened a 2-0 lead with goals five minutes apart in the first period.

Agozzino opened the scoring at 10:09 of the first, on a power play, re-directing a Karl Stollery point shot past MacIntyre for his 10th of the season.

Then at 15:06, Reid gave the Monsters a 2-0 lead tipping a bouncing puck past MacIntyre for his second of the season.

Toronto cut Lake Erie's lead in half at 18:12 of the first when Percy stepped into a shot off a face-off beating Pickard for his first of the season.

Devane completed the comeback after getting his stick on a T.J. Brennan point shot, re-directing it past Pickard at 2:52 of the third.

Sam Carrick had an excellent chance to give Toronto their first lead, on a power play, with 5:30 remaining, but Pickard got across with his shoulder to rob him of the chance

The Marlies now head out on the road for three games in three nights beginning Thursday in Oklahoma City.

Notes: Lake Erie forward Guillaume Desbiens missed Sunday's game serving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of the Monsters' 6-2 loss to Hamilton Saturday night.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory