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Toronto Marlies end long homestand with 3-1 loss to Rochester Americans

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TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies ended a long homestand on a sour note.

The Rochester Americans defeated the Marlies 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in what was the final game of stretch that saw Toronto play 11 consecutive home contests.

Jeremy Williams got the Marlies' only goal and Justin Pogge took the loss, stopping 26 shots in his first AHL game since being sent down by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Karl Stewart scored late in the first period for Rochester and Dan Brine provided his team a 2-0 lead it would not relinquish in the middle frame. Shawn Matthias snapped home a low shot from the faceoff circle with just over seven minutes remaining to ice the game for the Americans.

Tyler Plante picked up the win by turning aside 36 shots for the Americans, who sit in last place in the North Division, but have earned points in four straight contests.

Just over five minutes into the second frame, Williams put his team in a hole by taking a five-minute boarding major. Rochester looked poised to take full advantage of the golden opportunity when Brine scored just one minute into the power play.

However, the Marlies killed off the rest of the man advantage and Williams, upon hopping out of the box, grabbed a loose puck and began heading up ice. He attempted to chip the puck high into the corner, but it was batted back to him by a Rochester defender. Williams swooped around the defence and wired one of his patented wrist shots high over Plante's blocker hand on the short side.

Toronto, playing in front of 4,725 fans at the Ricoh Coliseum, nearly tied the game on a power play in the third, but a point shot from Mark Bell clanked off the goalpost.

Rochester opened the scoring late in the first period when Dan Collins made a nice spin move in the corner and centred the puck to Stewart, who hammered it past Pogge from the bottom of the faceoff circle.

The Marlies, currently fourth in the North, have lost two straight and concluded their extended home streak with a 7-4 record.

NOTES: Jiri Tlusty had his point streak halted at 10 games, while Bates Battaglia's assist streak stopped at six games. The Marlies and Americans will play the second half of their home-and-home series on Sunday in Rochester as the Marlies embark on a three-game road trip. Longtime Toronto Maple Leaf Steve Thomas presided over the ceremonial faceoff.

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