“You have to look back at the way the guys played,” Head Coach Ron Rolston said of the 2011-12 season. “They sacrificed and competed for each other, and that is a team to me. “
Toronto netminder Ben Scrivens finished with 29 saves for the Marlies to pick up his first shutout of the 2012 playoffs. Jerry D’Amigo and Nazem Kadri each registered a goal and an assist, while Philippe Dupuis also found the back of the net.
For the Amerks, David Leggio
turned away 23 of 26 shots faced in his 26th straight start overall.
The Marlies opened up the scoring 3:59 into the contest, capitalizing on a quick transition rush for an early 1-0 lead. Dupuis made his way into the offensive zone and let a quick wrist shot go from the right circle that beat Leggio up high.
D’Amigo, a native of Binghamton, NY, netted his league-leading fifth goal of the series just over a minute into the second period to double the Toronto advantage to 2-0. Off the rush, Kadri gained the Rochester blueline and fed D’Amigo in the high slot for a wrister through traffic that got by Leggio.
Toronto extended its lead to 3-0 at the 4:36 mark of the third, taking advantage of a three-on-two rush. Kadri ended up with the puck to the right of the net and finished the rush with a nifty maneuver before chipping the puck into the open net.Marcus Foligno
and Phil Varone led the Amerks in scoring during the postseason, as each rookie forward tallied two goals and an assist in the series. TJ Brennan
also scored two goals in the series while Alex Biega
collected two assists. Leggio, the team MVP who ended the season by starting each of the last 26 games and led the AHL in saves, stopped 78 of 89 shots in the series. Rochester was making its 42nd postseason appearance in the 56-year history of the franchise.