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Strong first period leads Marlies over Rampage

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The Canadian Press
2/22/2014 5:51:00 PM
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TORONTO -- Tyler Bigg scored 10 seconds into the first period and Jerry D'Amigo added another near the midway mark as the Toronto Marlies edged the streaking San Antonio Rampage 2-1 in American Hockey League action.

Entering Saturday, the Rampage had won six straight and earned points in 16 of 17 games while spending the entire month of February on the road due to the Stock and Show Rodeo taking over the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

"Statistically, what they've been able to do on the road since they've had an event in their building, they've been fantastic," said Marlies coach Steve Spott. "We knew they were going to be hot. We knew we had to be good defensively today and we were."

Bobby Butler had the lone goal for the Rampage at 15:04 of the third.

The Marlies (30-17-4) improved to 4-2-0 on their current 10-game home stand, which continues Sunday against the Oklahoma City Barons, and swept the four-game season series with the Rampage (23-22-8).

Drew MacIntyre made 22 saves for his league-leading 23rd win of the season.

Biggs scored 10 seconds in to the first period, jamming home a loose puck off a scrum in front of Rampage starter Michael Houser for his sixth of the season.

"I think it's a good story, when you look at the (Jerred) Smithson, Biggs and (Mike) Duco line, you're going head-to-head against Drew Shore, a very good player in this league and the National Hockey League," Spott said. "To get that early goal, especially from our checking line, I thought that was the bonus goal we were looking for and we were able to hold on for 60 minutes."

D'Amigo gave the Marlies a 2-0 lead at 10:24 of the opening period, beating Houser glove side for his 14th of the campaign. D'Amigo, who was checked on the play and went into the boards heavily, came up favouring his left hand and went directly to the Marlies dressing room, but later returned.

"(Spencer) Abbott seems to be finding me on those little breakaways there and I'm just skating right into it," said D'Amigo, who had his left hand wrapped in ice post-game. "Trying to just get the puck on net someway, somehow and I saw the glove open up and put it in."

San Antonio defenceman Alex Petrovic was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for slashing on the play.

"He hacked me down and you can't really stop yourself so you try to put your hands up to stop yourself and obviously it didn't' work," added D'Amigo of the play.

Houser, who allowed two goals on nine shots, was replaced by Jacob Markstrom. He finished with 23 saves.

Note: The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned forward Peter Holland to the Marlies on Saturday. Spott said Holland would centre the team's top line Sunday. Marlies forward Sam Carrick (upper body) is expected to miss another 7 to 10 days, but is practicing with contact

Toronto Marlies (Photo: TSN.ca)

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