TORONTO - Landon Ferraro scored the overtime winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins derailed the Toronto Marlies? bid for a franchise-record seventh consecutive victory with a 4-3 decision in American Hockey League action on Tuesday.
Ferraro scored 4:11 into the extra frame, whacking a rebound past Marlies goalie Mark Owuya during a goalmouth scramble.
?It was one of those nights where it wasn?t quite happening for us,? said Marlies coach Dallas Eakins, ?but the guys didn?t fold up, they kept fighting and that?s good to see.?
Toronto battled back from three one-goal deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 to force overtime, but couldn?t get the go-ahead goal.
Brendan Smith, Brent Raedeke and Tomas Tatar also tallied for Grand Rapids as the Griffins snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 8-11-1 on the season. Gustav Nyquist chipped in with two assists for the Griffins.
?It was a tough first period, but we stuck with it,? said Marlies winger Jerry D?Amigo. ?Things didn?t work out in the end, but we gave it a good effort in the second and third periods.
???We???re really pushing, trying to get to the top of the conference.???
Nazem Kadri, with two goals, and Ryan Hamilton replied for Toronto (12-5-4), which remains in first place in the North Division. Kelsey Wilson collected two assists.
???After a slow start in the first, it was a pretty solid effort for us,??? said Kadri, who has racked up six goals and 10 points during a five-game scoring streak. ???At the end of the day, we???ve got to cut down on those turnovers.???
Grand Rapids netminder Tom McCollum made 37 saves for the win while Toronto goalie Mark Owuya blocked 35 shots in a losing effort.
???Owuya played a great game, he made some big saves for us,??? Hamilton said. ???He gave us some energy when we needed it and kept us in the game.???
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and Grand Rapids led 3-2 through 40 minutes.
Smith opened the scoring with a power-play marker at 8:14 of the first period when he blasted a high slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle that sailed over Owuya???s shoulder.
Kadri tied it up for Toronto when he froze a Griffins defenceman with a quick deke at the blue-line and snapped a wrist shot past McCollum???s glove at 18:15.
Raedeke made it 2-1 for the Griffins when he broke in all alone on Owuya and beat the Marlies goalie with a blocker-side wrist shot at 7:36 of the second period.
Kadri tied it up again with his second goal of the game at 16:25 when he somehow deposited the puck past McCollum while on his backside in front of the Griffins crease.
Tatar replied for Grand Rapids less than two minutes later, racing down the left wing and wiring a wrist shot past Owuya???s blocker at 18:23.
Hamilton knotted the game at 3-3 when he scored on the power play 2:25 into the third period. From behind the net, the Marlies captain banked a rebound off of McCollum and into the Griffins cage.
Toronto went 1-for-6 on the power play while Grand Rapids was 1-for-5.
The Marlies and Griffins conclude the home-and-home series with a game in Grand Rapids on Friday.