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Amerks loe to Marlies in opener

TORONTO – The Rochester Americans started the 2013 American Hockey League playoffs on the wrong end of the scoreboard Saturday afternoon.

The Amerks dropped a 6-3 decision to the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Arena in the first-round matchup.

Rochester had a 34-18 advantage in shots, but Toronto goalie Drew MacIntyre, an ex-Amerk, did more than enough to keep Toronto ahead. Greg Scott had four goals for the Marlies, while Jerry D’Amigo had two assists.

For Rochester, a couple of playoff rookies had good games. Forward Zemgus Girgensons had two goals while Johan Larsson added two assists. Cody McCormick had the other goal for the Americans.

The contest was up for grabs with the score at 3-3 through two periods. Paul Ranger took a slap shot from the point, and it went through traffic to beat goalie David Leggio to give the Marlies the lead.

Scott had the final two goals of the game in the final few minutes, including an empty-netter. The right winger had 13 only goals in the regular season.

The best-of-five series continues this afternoon in Toronto.