TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies have gotten used to digging themselves out of a hole against the Rochester Americans.
Korbinian Holzer and Mike Zigomanis scored 20 seconds apart late in the second period Saturday as Toronto rallied for second straight night against Rochester with a 3-2 win in American Hockey League action.
One night after a 2-1 win on the road in Rochester, the Marlies returned to Ricoh Coliseum for their first game on home ice since Oct. 26.
Toronto (9-5-3) now sits on 21 points to lead the Western Conference North Division, while the Americans (8-7-3) are two points back and have played one more game.
?The last two nights we really needed these points, especially with them being ahead of us (Friday) night and tied with us tonight so these were huge,? said defenceman Simon Gysbers, who scored a goal and an assist.
The Americans jumped out in front just one minute 34 seconds into the first period on their first shot of the game. Marcus Foligno gained the blue-line and let a seeing eye shot go that eluded Mark Owuya in the Marlies' net.
?I saw it but somehow I don?t know if I missed it and it wobbled," Owuya said. "It was a weird goal but I?ve got to stop it anyway.???
Toronto tied it with 3:20 remaining in the period as Nazim Kadri brought the puck to the front of the net and drew a delayed penalty before Gysbers blasted it through traffic in front.
After looking shaky in the first, Owuya came up big on a penalty shot early in the second. Colin Stuart, who was awarded the opportunity after being held back on a partial breakaway, opted to shoot forehand but couldn't fool Owuya.
Owuya finished with a 32 saves on 34 shots. He had to make some big saves as Toronto took seven minor penalties but didn???t concede a single short-handed goal.
???Our penalty kill has been very good,??? said Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. ???Last year it was very good; this year it???s been very good, and it???s one of those things I think we have such confidence in it that even on a night when the calls aren???t going your way, there???s no panic.???
The Americans retook the lead just after the halfway mark of the second as T.J. Brennan deflected Brayden McNabb's point shot for his third of the season at 11:24.
Toronto levelled the game again with just over a minute remaining in the second when Holzer put a home rebound off Greg Scott's shot from the point.
Zigomanis gave the Marlies their decisive goal just 20 seconds later. After an initial shot by Ryan Hamilton was saved, the veteran forward had the rebound fall right onto his stick for an easy finish and his fourth of the season.