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Da Costa, Prince lead Senators over Marlies

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The Canadian Press
3/2/2013 6:17:46 PM
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TORONTO -- The Binghamton Senators have the Toronto Marlies' number this season.

Stephane Da Costa and Shawn Prince each had a goal and an assist as Binghamton beat Toronto 4-2 in American Hockey League action Saturday afternoon.

Frederik Claesson and Pat Cannone also scored for Binghamton (33-17-5), which beat Toronto for the third straight time.

Jussi Rynnas allowed all four goals on just 17 shots. He was pulled with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period after letting in a pair of weak goals just over two minutes apart.

"We've got to get timely saves," said Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. "We can't have soft goals go in our net when we're in a 2-1 game."

"We're going to hold our goalies accountable no differently than we've held our players here before. We need them to stop the puck. There are going to be night where there are tips and things like that -- I understand that -- but those goals were unacceptable to me."

Marc Cheverie made 25 saves for his third win of the season.

Brett Ledba had a pair of assists for the Senators.

Greg McKegg and Jerry D'Amigo replied for Toronto (28-19-6).

Toronto scored the first goal of the game at 6:47 on its second shot. Cheverie stopped Jamie Devane's shot, but the puck remained in front of his left pad and McKegg hacked away at it until he pushed it past Cheverie.

Centre Sam Carrick (Toronto's 144th overall draft pick in 2010) assisted on the goal for his first point in his first game as a Marlie. He'd been playing with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL this season before being called up.

"I don't think they brought be in here to rely on offense too much," Carrick said. "I'm more like an energy guy and if I can chip in offensively, that's good."

The 3:58 between goals is the only time the Marlies led in the three games against the Senators this season. The Senators also won the first two contests, both in Binghamton by scores of 3-2 and 4-2, and never trailed in either game.

"They're a great team and they play extremely hard," said Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton. "They're really good on the forecheck and they finish checks. Obviously, they have the skill to put the puck in the net as well and have good goaltending depth."

The lead didn't last long, however. Da Costa scored on a breakway at 10:11 to tie the game and Claesson gave the Senators the lead for good late in the first period after floating a wrist shot on the goal that beat Rynnas through a screen.

Toronto controlled the play in the second period, outshooting Binghamton 13-3, but couldn't put one past Cheverie.

In the third period, goals by Cannone and Prince 2:28 apart prompted Eakins to pull Rynnas for Mark Owuya.

D'Amigo gave Toronto some life with a power-play goal at 12:21.

Eakins then pulled Owuya, who stopped all three shots he faced in relief, with about three minutes to play, but the Marlies couldn't get any closer.

"These are huge points," Hamilton said. "Every game is pretty much a huge game. It's playoff-type hockey out there. Everyone is blocking shots and finishing checks. Hopefully, we can put the puck in the net there and get some wins."

Notes: This season, Toronto has a record of 19-9-3 in 2012, but is just 9-10-3 in 2013. ... Centre Tim Connolly sat out his second straight game due to injury. ... Announced attendance was 5,622.

Binghamton Senators (Photo: TSN)

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