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Amerks on brink of playoff elimination

TORONTO -- Despite another late-game comeback, the Rochester Americans are one game from elimination in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs.

The Amerks came from behind twice, but Jerry D'Amigo's second goal of the game with 1:50 remaining gave the Toronto Marlies a 4-3 victory and 2-0 lead in the best of five Western Conference quarterfinals. Game Three will be Monday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester (7 p.m, TWC13).

"We're at one game now, but we've been that way the whole time," said Amerks coach Ron Rolston. "We've just been focused on a period at a time, just taking it in small steps. That's the way it's got to be on Monday. We have to start with the first period, put periods together and win the periods. Hopefully we can put together a 60-minute game on Monday night."

Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist and T.J. Brennan and Phil Varone each had a goal for Rochester. David Leggio made 21 saves for Rochester in his 25th consecutive start.

Goals by D'Amigo at 1:44 and Mike Zigomanis on the power play at 18:13 gave Toronto a 2-0 first-period lead. Foligno stuffed in a rebound at 10:48 of the second period and Varone tied it with 5:25 left in the same period just as a Rochester power play expired.

Nicolas Deschamps' tally with 1:38 left in the second put the Marlies back in front, but the Amerks tied it at 3 at 3:21 of the third period when Brennan scored unassisted with a wrist shot that bounced off goalie Ben Scrivens (23 saves) and into the net.