Tonight, we are in Rochester, New York for our final AHL Simulation of the Week. The Toronto Marlies are heading to the playoffs but still need a win to lock up the North Division title. For the Rochester Americans, a win on Friday will earn them a playoff spot and prevent Toronto from celebrating the Division title for at least one more day. Both teams have something to play for, so expect a tight contest. The puck drops between these two teams at 7:05 ET
No divisional title for Toronto tonight as they fall to the Americans by the score of 4-2. It was a fairly tight contest with Rochester opening the scoring late in the first period thanks to a Matt Ellis goal. This lead would only last 90 seconds as Carter Ashton would tie the game, thanks in part to some fine passing from teammates Simon Gybers and Mike Zigmanis.
In the second, Rochester would re-take the lead, this time Luke Adam would slot the puck past the Marlies goalie. The Americans would extend the lead to two goals when Phil Varone would score after Evan Rankin managed to intercept a bad clearance and feed the wide-open Varone. The two goal cushion would only last 45 seconds, when Kenny Ryan of the Marlies worked the puck past the Americans’ David Leggio.
While the Marlies tried desperately to tie the game and force overtime, with the net empty, Evan Rankin would score to ensure the win. With the victory, Rochester earns their playoff berth while Toronto will have to win their next game against St. John’s on Saturday to wrap up the division.
Luke Adam, Evan Rankin and Matt Ellis were named the game's Three Stars in that order, with all three finishing the game with two points each (one goal and one assist).
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