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Rochester Americans take over top spot in North Division with shutout victory

Rochester Americans goaltender Linus Ullmark made 22 saves in a 2-0 shutout victory against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

The victory pushes the Amerks past Toronto in the standings for the top spot in the North Division. Rochester has won nine of its last 12 games and only trails the Manitoba Moose for the league lead in points.

Seth Griffith, a former Marlie, scored the first goal of the game with a snipe to the top left corner in the first period. Stuart Percy, who also spent time with Toronto, had the primary assist.

Sahir Gill scored the insurance goal with three minutes and 27 seconds remaining in the third period. He beat scrambling Marlies goalie Garret Sparks with a rebound shot.

Griffith had an assist on Gill’s goal, making him the only Americans player with a multi-point game.

The Americans’ penalty killing was strong, not allowing a goal on five opportunities.

Ullmark, last week’s CCM/AHL Player of the Week, moves to 15-5-3-2 on the season.

The Americans are 5-1-0-1 in their last seven games against the Marlies dating back to last year. Rochester lost its lone previous matchup with Toronto this season, 3-2, on Dec. 15.

Rochester plays the Laval Rocket for the fourth time in five games tonight at 7:05 at Blue Cross Arena.

The Americans have won four of their five games with Laval this season, including two of the previous three.

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