TORONTO - Ryan Hamilton had a hat trick as the Toronto Marlies beat the Rochester Americans 6-1 on Saturday in American Hockey League play.
Brad Ross, Greg Scott and Kenny Ryan scored the other goals for Toronto (33-20-6). Drew MacIntyre, who played 23 games for the Americans last season, made 30 saves for the win. Simon Gysbers had a pair of assists. Ryan had two points as well.
Maxime Legault had the lone goal for Rochester (32-24-4). David Leggio played his league-leading 52nd game of the season in goal, stopping 26 shots in defeat.
MacIntyre is now 6-2-1 in nine games with the Marlies since being brought up from the ECHL's Reading Royals. He was 6-3-1 in 10 games with a 1.93 goals-against average and .931 save percentage for Reading, but he's been even better with the Marlies, posting a 1.72 GAA and .934 SP coming into the game.
The win puts the Marlies four points up on the Americans in the North Division, with one game in hand.
Toronto jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Hamilton and Ross.
With Tim Connolly off for hooking, Dylan Yeo chipped the puck out of the defensive zone to a streaking Hamilton, who caught the puck at the Americans' blue-line and made a forehand deke around Leggio for his team-leading 26th goal of the season.
Ross' goal came with less than a minute left in the first. He stripped the puck from defenceman Brayden McNabb at the Americans' blue-line, went in alone on Leggio and tucked a backhand between the goalie's legs.
In the second period, Rochester had a great chance on a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes. With Connolly and Yeo off for minor penalties on the same play, Toronto shut down the league's best power-play (21.7 per cent, coming into the came), limiting the Americans to just one shot.
The Marlies then took a 3-0 lead after another late goal. Scott scored on a near end-to-end rush, dekeing around a pair of Americans' defenders and snapping a shot off the post and in past Leggio with 15 seconds left in the second period.
Toronto got two more goals in the third period.
Hamilton got his second of the game and 27th of the season at 4:41 when his shot from the high slot was deflected and knuckled its way over Leggio's left shoulder.
After Ryan scored his sixth of the season at 6:32 to make it 5-0, an angry Leggio broke his stick on the ice.
Rochester finally got on the board with Szydlowski's short-handed goal, before Hamilton closed it out with his hat trick goal at 18:00.
Hamilton is now tied for second overall in goals in the AHL, four behind league-leader Tyler Johnson, who recently got called up to the Tamp Bay Lightning from the Syracuse Crunch.
Toronto finished its 10-game home stand 9-2-1. The Marlies own the AHL's best home record at 23-8-2, though they're just 10-12-4 on the road.
Notes: Toronto is 7-1 against Rochester this season??? Kevin Marshall, acquired in a recent trade with the Washington Capitals, played his first game as a Marlie after spending the season with the Hershey Bears??? Announced attendance was 7,609??? Toronto was eighth in the AHL in attendance, averaging 6,550 coming into the game.