TORONTO - Joe Colborne continued his development with the Toronto Marlies, making up for two bad mistakes in one big way.
Colborne scored 2:28 into overtime to give Toronto a stirring 5-4 come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon over the Rochester Americans in American Hockey League action.
The young six-foot-five centre got the winner after Ryan Hamilton and Darryl Boyce scored 34 seconds apart late in the third period to tie the game 4-4.
"It's a credit to the guys in the room and the guys behind the bench calling all the shots," said Colborne, whose game-winner made up for two turnovers that led to a pair of Rochester goals. "They were positive all the way.
"We were careless with the puck for 50 minutes ? myself especially. Lucky enough, the coaches kept throwing me out there and the bounces finally started going in for me late in the game."
Down 4-2 with a little more than three minutes to play, the Marlies began their remarkable comeback.
With his team starting the next faceoff on the power play, head coach Dallas Eakins pulled goalie Ben Scrivens for a 6-on-4 advantage.
Hamilton tipped in a Zigomanis shot with 1:33 left for his first of the season on the power play, and then Boyce tied it the next shift after a timeout when he snapped a shot past David Leggio from the high slot with Scrivens still pulled.
Cue Colborne, who won the game in overtime on a pretty passing play from Joey Crabb and Jesse Blacker.
"When I called the timeout the players said, 'What do you want to do?'" said Eakins after the game. "I said, 'I don't want to change anything. I just want you to breathe.'
"That was well deserved. I thought we really got going in the last couple minutes."
Although happy his players pulled out the win, Eakins clearly wasn't pleased his team had to resort to such late-game dramatics.
"I don't want to have to win too many games like that," he said. "I was fairly upset that we were in that kind of deficit. But good on the guys, we stayed with it, and we were calm with the goalie out."
Crabb and Kelsey Wilson had the other goals for Toronto (4-1-0). Scrivens stopped 22 shots for the win.
Derek Whitmore had a pair of goals for Rochester (3-2-2). Corey Tropp and Jacob Lagace had the others. Leggio made 26 saves for the Americans.
The Marlies have started the season 3-0 at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto also claimed top spot in the North Division with eight points, passing Rochester in the standings.
"Even though it's early in the season, we all know these points are huge, especially within our division," said Hamilton, who also had an assist. "We just want to keep rolling.
"We don't want to be in that situation a lot, but it's great that we can pull it off."
Colborne says Eakins and his assistant coaches had the team believing it could pull out the win. They also have them aiming high for the season.
"The coaching staff continue to trust in everybody and with the positive reinforcement I know I'm playing with a lot of confidence," Colborne said. "We've been focusing on winning our division. Dallas has been up front about that.
"We have a chance to win this division and these games are huge for us. They were in first place and we took it from them."
The Americans opened the scoring less than a minute into the game and took a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission, the go-ahead goal coming off a turnover by Colborne.
That's when Colborne was called into Eakins' office.
"I don't like mistakes," Eakins said. "And the first one he made cost us a goal.
"In between periods, I brought him into the office and showed it to him. I let him know I wasn't happy and he knew it. Sometimes you have to kick players in the pants and that's what I did."
The Americans took a two-goal lead midway through the second period. Then Wilson cut the lead to 3-2 with just 1:19 left in the frame.
But Rochester restored its two-goal advantage just 1:26 into the third when Whitmore scored his second of the game, whacking in an errant pass off a broken breakout attempt by Colborne.
"The fourth one was also my fault," he said. "I definitely take the blame for that one."
Joe Finley then took a delay of game penalty with 3:04 remaining that started the Marlies' comeback.
Notes: Toronto remains perfect on the penalty kill (17-for-17) after killing three penalties in the game???The Marlies hadn't allowed a second-period goal this season until Lagace scored???Wilson's goal was his first as a Marlie after being signed as a free agent in July???Announced attendance was 2,642