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Makarov makes 27 saves as Americans slide into playoff spot by beating Marlies

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Makarov makes 27 saves as Americans slide into playoff spot by beating Marlies

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Andrey Makarov made 27 saves as the Rochester Americans moved into a playoff position by defeating the visiting Toronto Marlies 3-1 on Friday in American Hockey League action.

Kevin Porter, Luke Adam and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc supplied the scoring for the Americans (34-27-10), who jumped over the Oklahoma City Barons and idle Charlotte Checkers into seventh spot in the Western Conference.

Rochester has won four straight games after dropping nine in a row.

Josh Leivo scored the lone goal for the Marlies (42-23-6) while Christopher Gibson stopped 18-of-21 shots in defeat.

Porter opened the scoring at 13:22 of the first period for the Americans. Leivo, however, responded just 27 seconds later for Toronto.

After a scoreless second period, Rochester regained the lead 3:23 into the third when Luke Adam scored on the power play while Peter Holland served a minor for goaltender interference.

Toronto's Kevin Marshall was sent off for hooking, which led to Gauthier-Leduc adding another power-play goal for the Americans at 7:04.

Rochester went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Marlies failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.

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