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Leivo scores winner late in third period to help Marlies to 3-2 win over Heat

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 5:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Leivo scores winner late in third period to help Marlies to 3-2 win over Heat

TORONTO - Josh Leivo scored a power-play goal late in the third period to lift the Toronto Marlies to a 3-2 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday afternoon.

With Abbotsford centre Max Reinhart off after being handed a boarding major and game misconduct with less than five minutes to play, Leivo one-timed the puck from the left faceoff circle past Heat goalie Joni Ortio at 17:34.

Jerry D'Amigo and Carter Ashton also scored for the Marlies, who won for the fourth time in five games to improve to 38-20-5. Peter Holland chipped in with a pair of assists in front of 4,992 fans at Ricoh Coliseum.

The game was a special-teams battle with every goal coming on the power play. Toronto was 3-for-6 with the man advantage while Abbotsford went 2-for-8.

Zachery Davies, with his first career American Hockey League goal, and Corey Locke scored for the Heat, who fell to 35-24-7.

Marlies goalie Garrett Sparks made 31 saves for the victory, while Ortio stopped 26 of 29 shots in a losing effort.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 through 40 minutes.

D'Amigo opened the scoring with a 5-on-3 power-play goal early in the first period. He finished off a three-way passing play at 3:36.

Davies, who played most of his first pro season in the ECHL, tied it up for the Heat when he scored after a goalmouth scramble at 10:12. Locke gave the Heat a 2-1 lead when he scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 9:38 of the second period.

Ashton tied it up with his 14th goal in 17 AHL games this season, one-timing a Holland pass in the slot past Ortio at 13:42.

The Marlies host the Rochester Americans on Tuesday while the Heat will visit the Utica Comets on Friday.

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