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Ebbett scores twice as Senators snap losing skid with win over Marlies

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TORONTO (CP) - Even the lowly Binghamton Senators were able to take advantage of the Toronto Marlies' inconsistency.

Toronto (24-34-2-4) finished the first period leading 3-1 Wednesday, but the Senators (18-38-3-5) scored four unanswered second-period goals en route to a 7-4 American Hockey League win, which snapped their 10-game losing streak.

"We came out for that second period thinking it was going to be an easy game," said Marlies captain Marc Moro, whose team has lost five of its last six and is all but eliminated from post-season play. "(They're) one of the few teams that's below us in the standings, and we take it to them (in the first) and (think) it would be rather easy to get the two points. It was quite the opposite."

Andrew Ebbett, with two, Neil Komadoski, Jeff Heerema, Cory Pecker, Charlie Cook and Danny Bois scored for Binghamton, which still has the AHL's worst overall record this season.

Alex Foster, with two, Robbie Earl and Jeremy Williams had goals for the Marlies, who are just 10-20-2-1 at home this year.

"We're not a mature, mentally strong team," said Marlies coach Greg Gilbert. "It's the same thing we've talked about all year - we're not consistent."

The Senators opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the first period on Ebbett's 16th goal of the year. But Toronto tied it up on Foster's goal at 3:11, then took their first lead of the night on a power play marker by Earl at 7:01 of the first.

The Marlies extended their lead when Williams scored at 13:25, but Binghamton came out strong in the second period and had the Marlies scrambling throughout the middle frame.

Komadoski started off the Senators' comeback when he scored a short-handed goal at 1:08 of the second. Fifty-six seconds later, Binghamton tied the game on Hereema's team-best 29th goal of the year.

The Sens regained the lead after Pecker scored at 4:26 of the second, and Cook's eighth of the year made it 5-3 Binghamton heading into the third period. Foster's second of the game brought Toronto within a goal, but Heerema's second of the night sealed the win for the visitors. Bois scored an empty-net goal at 19:56 of the third to round out the scoring.

The Marlies were 1-for-10 on the power play, while Binghamton was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Needless to say, Gilbert was not pleased with his team's lack of mental toughness.

"You either control your fate, or you sit back and let things happen to you," he said. "We don't control our fateawhen you sit back and wait for something bad to happen, you're not going to last long in this game."

Senators goalie Jeff Glass turned aside 24 Marlies shots to boost his record to 9-21-2 on the season. Justin Pogge (12-21-1) made 19 saves in Toronto's losing effort.

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