TORONTO - Jiri Tlusty scored once in regulation and added the winner in the eighth round of the shootout as the Toronto Marlies downed the Rochester Americans 4-3 on Sunday in the American Hockey League.
Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge stopped five of eight Rochester shootout attempts to preserve the victory for Toronto (9-9-2) in front of 3,722 at the Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies ended a two-game losing skid after dropping consecutive road games Friday and Saturday.
Rochester (3-17-2) watched a late lead slip away in regulation as it remained winless in 10 road games this season. Sunday's single point was the first the Americans have earned away from Rochester.
The Americans appeared destined to end their road struggles, holding a 3-2 lead late. Alex Foster tied the game with a shot past the glove of Rochester netminder David Shantz with just over six minutes left in the game to force extra time.
Michal Repik had a goal and an assist for Rochester, while Jason Garrison and Janis Sprukts also scored.
Sprukts' goal came just over seven minutes into the second period after Marlies defenceman Richard Petiot made a terrible clearing pass that ended up on Sprukts' stick. That goal came just 17 seconds after Stefano Giliati had pulled Toronto even 2-2 with his first of the year.
The Marlies opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game, but ended the first period trailing 2-1.
Tlusty put Toronto on the board when he drove to the net and banged home the rebound from a Tim Stapleton shot while the Marlies were enjoying the power play.
Rochester answered back on a two-man advantage, when Garrison's point shot eluded Pogge. The Americans took the lead with the period's third power-play goal, as Repik got his stick on a point shot to re-direct it past Pogge.
Notes: Marlies centre Kris Newbury, the team's leading scorer, missed his second straight game following the passing of his grandmotherMarlies defenceman Jamie Sifers missed the game after he was called up to the Maple Leafs on Sunday morningRochester's Keaton Ellerby is cousins with NHLers Shane Doan of Phoenix and Montreal goalie Carey Price.