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Marlies end Amerks’ 10-game point streak

Alex Nylander and Seth Griffith earned points on both Rochester goals, but wasn’t enough as Toronto ended the Amerks’ 10-game point streak with a 3-2 win Friday night.

Toronto’s Kerby Rychel would open the scoring five minutes in, receiving a feed from Ben Smith in front of the net, putting a one-timer behind Rochester goaltender Linus Ullmark.

Brendan Guhle scored the first Amerks goal almost halfway through the second period, tying the game up. Guhle received a pass from Griffith, taking a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle putting it past Calvin Pickard’s glove hand.

Nylander would score two minutes later, giving the Amerks the lead. The first-round draft pick from the 2016 draft, pounded home his own rebound after taking a wrist shot also from the left faceoff circle.

Miro Aaltonen would tie the game up, netting his fourth goal of the year with just 27 seconds left in the second period. The Marlies dumped the puck into their offensive zone with Rychel finding Aaltonen open on the left faceoff circle, blowing a snapshot through Ullmark’s legs.

Smith would earn his third point of the night, scoring the game-winning goal for the Marlies off a cross-ice pass from Jeremy Bracco. Rychel also scored his third point of the night on the goal.

Pickard, acquired by the Maple Leafs in October from the Vegas Golden Knights, stopped 32 shots. Ullmark made 21 saves for the Amerks (15-6-3-3).

Rochester came into their game with the league’s top team on a 10-game point streak, also having won four of their last five contests.

Friday’s game marked the first of eight regular season meetings between the Amerks and Marlies. The teams will play again on Dec. 29.

The Amerks play Utica (11-11-3-1) tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the top two teams in the league will convene in Toronto as the Marlies (21-5-0-0) will host Manitoba (19-5-1-2) at 4 p.m.

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