Carrick strikes twice, Toronto Marlies down Milwaukee Admirals

1969

TORONTO – On Friday night the Toronto Marlies and Milwaukee Admirals dropped the puck on hockey’s second season.  The North Division champion Toronto Marlies struggled towards the end of the season but we’re able to end the year on a high note with a win against the Rochester Americans.  For the Marlies, the matchup versus the Admirals would be one that would test patience, hockey sense, and most importantly their discipline.

In the first period Toronto struck first.  A fairly even period for the most part, the Marlies benefitted from a Milwaukee mis-communication.  With less than five minutes to play in the first, Greg McKegg and Sam Carrick broke into offensive zone.  McKegg, despite losing the puck on a deke, was able to draw Bryan Rodney and Joonas Jarvinen out of the play while the puck went into the corner.  A wide open Sam Carrick picked up the puck , walked right out in front and beat Admirals goaltender Marek Mazanec with a nice backhander for a 1-0 Toronto lead.  Carrick has really grown as a player this season.  His versatility has been a huge asset for Steve Spott, especially with the number of injuries and call ups the team has had to endure.  Carrick finished the regular season with 35 points in 62 games and recorded a whopping 115 penalty minutes in the process.  Toronto would head to the dressing room with the lead at 1-0.

In the second period Toronto’s powerplay got an opportunity to show what they can do.  Just 1:55 into the period, T.J. Brennan, Stuart Percy and Trevor Smith made a beautiful passing play to find Josh Leivo, skating alone into the slot, who fired his 1st of the post season past Mazanec giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.  Leivo had a fantastic season and really broke out as a dynamic goal scorer in his rookie year.  The 20 year old from Innisfil, Ontario registered 42 points in 59 games which was good enough for 5th on the team in scoring.  Leivo quickly became a main stay on the top two lines for the Marlies all season, developing great chemistry with centres Greg McKegg and Trevor Smith.  Still in the second, the Admirals got one back.  With less than two minutes to go, Patrick Cehilin snuck in behind the defense and one-timed a pass from Calle Jarnkrok and beat MacIntyre glove side bringing the Admirals to within one.  Just over a minute later though, T.J. Brennan would fire a shot from the point that appeared to be tipped in front by Trevor Smith, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead after two.

In the third, the Marlies added another.  Just 46 seconds in Jerry D’Amigo tipped home a Brennan point shot giving Toronto a 4-1 lead.  Minutes later though, with Tyler Biggs in the box for slashing, Fillip Forsberg’s slap shot squeaked past MacIntyre bringing the lead down to two.  MacIntyre made the original save and got up momentarily and unintentionally knocked the puck into his own net with his right skate.  Late in the period, with the Marlies on the penalty kill and the Admirals net empty, Kenny Ryan landed a 200 footer into the empty net giving Toronto a 5-2 lead.  Then, in the dying seconds, Sam Carrick would fire the puck into the empty cage for his 2nd of the night, 6-2 Toronto the final score.

NOTES:

  • Andrew MacWilliam, Carter Ashton and Peter Holland, who were all game time decisions with minor injuries, were scratched.
  • Carter Verhaeghe, Fabrice Herzog, Frederik Gauthier, Brad Staubitz, Spencer Abbott (injured), Eric Knodel, Jamie Devane, Viktor Loov and Zach Yuen were also scratched for Toronto
  • Drew MacIntyre made 28 saves for the victory.  He was named the game’s 2nd star
  • T.J. Brennan had 2 points (1G 1A) and was the game’s 1st star

Photo courtesy of Christian at TSGphoto.com

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    The main pic looks like Carrick blew a nasty silent beer fluffer in buddy’s face.

  • AdamNightingale

    Rick_Vaives_slapshot  LOL oh man.  That’s good

  • Burtonboy

    What can you say . No Ashton ,Holland .Abbott or McWilliam and the Marlies still owned the Admirals .

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    AdamNightingale Rick_Vaives_slapshot better to give, than receive.

  • wendelsfist

    Burtonboy  Holland is becoming ole splodey bones with always getting injured

  • wendelsfist

    Is Connor Brown joining the marlies for the playoff run?

  • AdamNightingale

    wendelsfist  not sure yet.  Wouldn’t surprise me though

  • wendelsfist

    AdamNightingale wendelsfist  when is abbott expected back from injury?

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsfist  I would imagine but I wouldn’t expect nay of the black aces to get into any games . Good experience for them though

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Fuckin right Marlies !!

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    Not sure what’s up…not my business….

    http://youtu.be/bqrypsYtHkE

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Rick_Vaives_slapshot  LOL great song!

  • AdamNightingale

    wendelsfist AdamNightingale  Could be back if this first round goes 5 games.  He’s battling two separate injuries but they’re related (if that makes sense…)  He’s been on the ice skating and shooting, but sporting a non-contact jersey.  He made the trip out so I’d assume he’s getting closer to 100%

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    Belfour20/JB-45 Rick_Vaives_slapshot in Toronto, no less

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    good work Marlies! Canada’s team..

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    good write-up adam, look forward to reading more from you

  • newkb

    wendelsfist  Love it!  Hoping that happens….

  • AdamNightingale

    Will update tomorrow with quotes and injury updates and such.  Just a heads up to all of you, post game tomorrow will be a little later than tonight….working until 9

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Marlies>Habs

  • Leafbites

    Thanks, Adam. Appreciate your hard work dude.

  • Cloud09

    Good summary Adam. Will you be giving live updates and audio/video of Marlies post games??

  • Cloud09

    And do you twitter?? AdamNightingale

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    AdamNightingale  that’s unacceptable, we’re leafs fans and we’re impatient We need to trade our writers !

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Yo Alec, check your boy. He’s been following me around now for the past 15 minutes. You banned HH for less.

  • AdamNightingale

    Cloud09  you know, I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t really done anything yet….If the interest is there i’d be more than happy to do something

  • Jmessih

    Thanks for the write up Adam!! Great stuff!!

  • AdamNightingale

    The_Polish_Cannon AdamNightingale  haha you can always follow along with the AHL’s website :p

  • AdamNightingale

    Cloud09 AdamNightingale  I do.  Anight92 is my twitter

  • Cloud09

    AdamNightingale Cloud09  Always love inside access. Been the one thing that’s really held fan sites like this back.

  • Jay31

    Man the playoffs are fun.. that is, til you start comparing the Leafs to some of these teams.. then it gets depressing

  • newkb

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  love ’em!

  • Jmessih

    Marlies goal highlights are up on the Leafs website, Leivo goal was an absolute beauty
    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Jay31  Well thats your mistake right there, just enjoy it without comparing.

  • loomx

    Jay31  I’m gonna stop talking about the Leafs until a new coach gets hired. Much better for my health. Not gonna get sucked into anymore of Belfour’s shenanigans until that time.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Hey Adam your last name is very Game Of Thrones’ish

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    Belfour20/JB-45 Jay31 it hurts.

  • newkb

    Belfour20/JB-45  Hey, Like this….

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    watch out for the Lannisters’

  • AdamNightingale

    Cloud09 AdamNightingale  I could do a video recap type of thing.  Let me talk to Alec and Declan and see what they’re thoughts are.  I’m just a guest of their wonderful hospitality right now so I got to play by their rules :)

  • Cloud09

    AdamNightingale Cloud09  Can’t speak for them but I don’t see why they wouldn’t want that kind of content.

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    newkb Belfour20/JB-45  Awe we’re becoming buds. I like this a lot!

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    loomx Jay31  LOOOOL hi loomx

  • Jay31

    Belfour20/JB-45 Jay31  Ya for the most part I have been, but seeing stuff like that Toews goal just makes a guy jealous

  • Jmessih

    Interesting interview with Dave Poulin from today before the Marlies game (WHICH THEY WON!!!!!!!!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xqoam_Pl94

  • newkb

    loomx Jay31  Yeah, why go so low on the IQ scale….

  • Bruffins

    I am loving this “fight” between Belfour and Newkb…

  • Jay31

    loomx Jay31  Lol I’ll bet you don’t last long 😉

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    newkb loomx Jay31  Wait I thought we made up? #BipolarProblems

  • newkb

    Belfour20/JB-45  #untelligence

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Bruffins  LOL