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D'Amigo's shootout goal earns Marlies 5-4 AHL victory over Rampage

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 2:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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D'Amigo's shootout goal earns Marlies 5-4 AHL victory over Rampage

TORONTO - Jerry D'Amigo's shootout goal earned the Toronto Marlies a 5-4 win over the San Antonio Rampage in AHL action Wednesday afternoon.

D'Amigo, who scored twice in regulation, beat Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom in the sixth round for the winning goal.

Brad Ross and Korbinian Holzer had the other regulation goals for Toronto (27-15-4).

Ryan Martindale, Matt Gilroy, John McFarland and Drew Shore replied for San Antonio (17-21-8).

Gilroy had the best scoring chance in overtime, getting three opportunities to beat Marlies goalie Garret Sparks at 3:20 but coming up short each time.

Sparks stopped 18 shots in relief of Drew MacIntyre while Markstrom, who had lost both previous games against the Marlies, made 33 saves.

Toronto improved to 3-0 this season against San Antonio, with one more regular-season meeting to go. The Marlies earned their third win in six games and returned home losing twice on their three-game, three-night road trip.

Despite the loss, San Antonio is 10-4-4 all-time against Toronto and 5-1-1 at Ricoh Coliseum. The Rampage hasn't lost in regulation in six straight games (2-0-4 in that span) but dropped to 4-14-3 on the road.

Alex Petrovic and Shore were playing in their first games since being re-assigned by the NHL's Florida Panthers.

Greg McKegg, who played one game on a recall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, had two assists for the Marlies.

Martindale put San Antonio ahead 4-3 with a short-handed goal at 12:39 of the third, beating Sparks to the stick-side for his fifth of the season.

Ross tied it 4-4 at 14:29 on the power play, his fifth of the campaign.

The two teams exchanged four second-period goals.

D'Amigo gave Toronto a 2-1 lead 1:18 into the period on the power play, his second of the game. Gilroy scored 36 seconds later to make it 2-2.

McFarland replied at 14:33 to give the Rampage its first lead of the game. That goal was the third allowed on 15 shots by MacIntyre, who was then replaced by Sparks.

Holzer tied it 3-3 at 17:36.

D'Amigo opened the scoring with his eighth of the season at 7:38 of the first before Shore tied it less than a minute later.

Toronto continues its season-high 10-game homestand Friday when it hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp