TORONTO– Saturday night the Toronto Marlies overcame an early 2-0 deficit, with three second period goals, to beat the Binghamton Senators 3-2.
Kaspars Daugavins opened the scoring just 1:35 into the game and Eric Gryba followed up with a goal of his own late in the period to give the Sens, last year’s Calder Cup champions, a two goal lead after 20 minutes.
Toronto’s Joey Crabb cut the lead in half a little over three minutes into the second with his first goal as a member of the Marlies since last January.
Then, Joe Colborne tied the game at 13:56 after the Marlies earned their fourth power-play of the game.
Finally, Darryl Boyce scored the Marlies second power-play goal of the night in the final minute of the period; giving the Marlies their first lead of the night and standing as the eventual game winner.
The second period had the Marlies out-shooting the Sens 19-1.
The third period had no scoring, but Binghamton had multiple opportunities to tie the game as they out-shot Toronto 15-3.
Ben Scrivens made 23 saves in all for the victory while his counterpart Mike McKenna made 35 saves in the loss.
In all, nine Marlies recorded a point in their first victory of the season.
Toronto will have the week off as their next game will be next Friday when they head to Grand Rapids to face the Griffins.
Saturday they will host the Lake Erie Monsters in their home opener at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Before opening night, the Toronto Marlies announced Ryan Hamilton as their new captain for the 2011/12 season.
The role had been vacant since Alex Foster signed in July to play this season with Sparta Praha HC of the Czech league.
As a returning veteran, 26 year old Hamilton seemed fitted for the role and was accepting even before ever being asked.
“Anytime you get offered the C with any team or any organization it’s a real honour,” Said Hamilton when asked about the chance of becoming captain. “You represent the team and the teammates and the city. I’d take it on as a huge honour.”
Hamilton leads by example with his work ethic. Before every game he is the first player out on the ice, in sandals, getting a feel with his stick and a puck.
And, he already knows who will get the most value from his ways this season.
“We have a lot of young guys coming up so that’s when (I) can help out on and off the ice,” he said.
The Oshawa, Ontario native has battled injuries the last two seasons and being able to fight back into the line up every time only boosts the reasons to believe in his desire for hockey. Fortunately for him and the club, this year will be much stronger and injury free.
“I’m 100 percent healthy,” said Hamilton. “Had a really good summer and I feel really comfortable with my body. I’m hoping to have a strong season and help this club out.”
Healthy and officially the team’s new leader, Hamilton says he will enjoy the opportunity.
“Leadership is something I like to do,”
*Jeff Finger & Mike Zigomanis were named alternate captains