Marlies rally from behind again, extend winning streak

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There’s just no stopping the Toronto Marlies right now, is there? Once again, the team rallied back from a deficit to skate away with a commanding-looking 6-3 victory over the Binghamton Senators, extending their winning streak to five games.

The game started off on a scrappy note after Binghamton’s Greger Hansen hit Brett Findlay from behind along the boards, but Toronto made the most of the situation by converting the ensuing powerplay into their first goal of the game. Andreas Johnsson made no mistake in taking in the puck from Kerby Rychel, and happily buried his fifteenth of the year to open the scoring less than four minutes in. It was the lone goal of a period that Toronto had the bulk of the control in, outshooting their opponents 12 to 6.

The second period was a little bit trickier for them, in the sense that a sequence of penalties to Andrew Neilsen came back to bite them in a big way. Two minutes into the period, he took two penalties in a single shift for Hooking and Unsportsmanlike Conduct, and Mike Blunden was able to score just before the first powerplay expired to tie the game for the Senators. The Marlies killed off the second penalty, but when Nielsen went back to the box ten minutes later, ex-Toronto forward Jack Rodewald buried his sixteenth to put the Senators up.

Kerby Rychel responded just a minute later to tie the game back up, but Toronto wasn’t able to keep things that way at the period’s buzzer. With 38 seconds to go, Nick Paul scored his ninth of the season to cap off a productive period for Binghamton.

Thankfully for the Marlies, Nielsen redeemed himself in the third, beginning a rally for his team by scoring his 11th of the season at the five-minute mark. With eight minutes to go, Andrew Campbell made a rare appearance on the scoresheet with a pulverizing one-timer to beat Chris Driedger, and followed that up with a minute to go with a post-penalty wraparound into an empty net. For good measure, Johnsson also picked up his second goal of the game in the contest’s last second, sending the Marlies off in double celebration.

With the win, Toronto’s miracle run is now up to 13-2-1 in their last 16 games, and their full season points percentage is now up to 0.564 (29-22-3-1). The right results this weekend could see them leapfrog the Albany Devils and get dangerously close to the Syracuse Crunch. The first step to that would be a win against the Hershey Bears tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.