Toronto Marlies hang on for a 4-2 victory over Chicago Wolves

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Going home on a high note — Marlies hold off late Wolves surge, head home with 2-0 series lead

TORONTO – On Saturday night the Toronto Marlies looked to once again make quick work of the Chicago Wolves in game #2 of the Western Conference Semi Final. Toronto defeated the Wolves by a score of 5-2 in the opening matchup on Friday night and also welcomed back Peter Holland and Spencer Abbott to the lineup. Abbott recorded two points (2A) while Holland chipped in with three points (1G 2A).

In the first period the Marlies got on the board quick. Just 1:04 into the first period, Peter Holland picked up a loose puck behind the Wolves net and wrapped a quick backhander past a surprised Jake Allen for his 2nd of the post-season and in as many games, 1-0 Toronto. Still in the first period, Toronto would find the back of the net once more. With less than 10 minutes played in the opening frame Trevor Smith finished off a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play by Brandon Kozun and Jerry D’Amigo for his 2nd of the post-season 2-0 Toronto. Later in the first, the Marlies once again struck. After Kenny Ryan was stopped on a breakaway, he collected his own rebound and setup Josh Leivo who chipped his 2nd of the post-season over Allen, 3-0 Toronto. In the dying minute of the period, Toronto would run into some trouble. Chicago received a burst of energy and confidence and played a game of rapid fire on Drew MacIntyre as the Marlies were unable to get the puck out of their own end. Despite the barrage of shots, MacIntyre kept his cool and most importantly, kept the puck out. 3-0 Toronto after one. Shots favoured the Wolves 8-7.

The second period was a lot more even than the first. Chicago and Toronto traded chances but the goalies were making sure they got some attention making big saves at either end. Toronto would get a powerplay midway through the period and despite some great chances, were unable to convert. Kenny Ryan had his second breakaway of the game in the final seconds of the middle frame but Jake Allen stood his ground and kept the puck out. Toronto outshot the Wolves 10-5 in the middle frame. 3-0 Toronto after two.

In the third period, Chicago got one back. With both teams skating 4 aside, Shane Harper took advantage of the extra room on the ice and broke down the right wing side and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Drew MacIntyre bringing the Wolves to within two. The goal sparked Chicago and they gained some momentum. A powerplay followed shortly after the goal and the Wolves got some great chances, but once again, Drew MacIntyre was there to keep things in check. The intensity level and physicality went up BIG TIME in the third period. Chicago had new life in the third as they continued to throw their weight around and did a good job of getting under the skin of the Marlies players. With less than five minutes remaining, Sam Carrick took a bad interference penalty giving the Wolves some more life. With Jake Allen on the bench and the ensuing 6 on 4, Chicago would come to within one. Dimitri Jaskin tipped a Keith Aucoin shot past Drew MacIntyre to bring the score to 3-2. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the goal gave the Wolves life. They pressured the Marlies and came ever so close to tying the game but Drew MacIntyre was bailed out by the goal post. The Marlies would finally get the puck out and Jerry D’Amigo would add an empty netter for his 3rd of the post-season for a 4-2 score which would be the eventual final.

GAME NOTES:

  • Marlies PK entered Saturday’s game with a 94% success rate and were 4/5 on the night.
  • With Peter Holland’s 1st period goal, the Marlies have now opened the scoring in 5 straight games, dating back to the regular season.
  • Dimitri Jaskin finally got his 1st of the series, his 3rd of the post-season.  He’s been pretty unstoppable so far in the playoffs but the Marlies are doing a great job of shutting him down.
  • Kenny Ryan was everywhere in this one.  Not only did Ryan have two assists, he also sacrificed his body on numerous occasions blocking shots throughout the game, and came up with a huge block in the final few minutes.  Ryan was also the game’s 2nd star.
  • Drew MacIntyre wasn’t as busy as he was in game #1 but came up with some key saves when it mattered.  He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced.
  • Toronto was out-shot 24-22
  • the line of Jerry D’Amigo – Trevor Smith – Brandon Kozun was really impressive once again.  The smooth passing by Kozun and D’Amigo led to Smith’s 1st period goal.
  • Sam Carrick led players on both teams with 4 shots but didn’t register a point.
  • Jake Allen re-gained his composure after a rough first period.  He’s been shaky so far in the post-season and Toronto has done a fantastic job of taking advantage of it.
  • Zachary Yuen, Tyler Biggs, Fabrice Herzog, Carter Verhaeghe, Connor Brown, David Broll, Jamie Devane, Tyler Biggs, Frederik Gauthier, Eric Knodel, Brad Staubitz and Dylan Yeo were the scratches for Toronto.
  • Game #3 is back in Toronto on Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum.

Toronto Marlies Boxscore

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  • LeafsForLife

    Great job Adam! Thank you for the summary. Marlies looking very good.

    Go Marlies Go!

  • http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ DylanJ

    saw Tyler biggs couple weekends ago DT toronto, he was hammered drunk with a few buddies staggering into a cab
    I yelled HEY ARE YOU TYLER BIGGS like an idiot lol and he quickly motioned to his friends to get in the cab – I didnt push it and off they went
    he looks a bit smaller than I thought – and maybe I was mistaken but pretty damn sure it was him, flush cheeks baby goatee and all

  • Corporal_Klinger

    DylanJ  He only answers to the name “Healthy Scratch Tyler Biggs” now.

    So glad we didn’t waste that 2nd round pick on ANOTHER terrific young goalie we could have traded away for peanuts AGAIN.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Corporal_Klinger DylanJ   That’s what happens when idiot Burke interferes with the draft process instead of letting the scouts dotheir job. Burke also wanted to trade a pick to move up and take Morgan Rielly but Morrisson said it wasn’t necessary,

  • MaxwellHowe

    Another step closer to a Marlies vs St. John’s Ice Caps Calder Cup final.  The Ice Caps beat the Norfolk Admirals last nite.  The Admirals have lost their #1 goalie, who instead of stopping pucks at the Mile One Stadium in old downtown St. John’s, is shutting out the Kings at the Staples Centre in LA.

    Its a long trip between the AHL and the NHL.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Big win !!!  

    I hate you Chicago..ever since that winter day that I have to pull off the highway to get fuel with my blown out knee.  Bars on all the windows, the only white (and I mean white like the snow) guy around for miles.  Hobble out of the jeep only to have my gas cap roll under the car once I took it off.  Manage to crawl under and get it only to have the voice from inside tell me I have to “prepay” (ahh 2000).  Scared senseless I hobbled in gave the guy 20 bucks and hoped it would be enough to get me out of that city.

    All for a chick.  Whore.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    GeorgeCastanza Corporal_Klinger DylanJ  

    They dont ALL pan out fellas.  Same goes with every organization.

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook  Bon will be asking for number.

  • Loric76

    Man if they can win on Wednesday and go into Friday’s game (which I’ll be in the stands for) with a 3-0 series lead it’s going to be crazy.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Loric76 Well maybe not a true whore….but fuckin close !!

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook and all that was blown was your knee

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook  ha

  • Burtonboy

    DylanJ  Heaven forbid . One of our 1st round picks goes out on a Saturday night and has a good time. For shame . Bet you the vast majority of NHLers go out on a regular basis and knock back a few and get drunk

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook  The Leafs should just steal the Ducks scouting department. double their salaries

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook  it’s almost as if you’re suggesting the staff we’ve stolen from the Ducks thus far have worked out well

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    MaxwellHowe So the story goes like this.  It was the year 2000.  Basically internet chat had just stated up.  In those days we diddnt have restrictions on computers at work so I started “chatting” with this chick in wisconsin.  20 yrs old and I was 30.  My crew and I would talk to her everyday and then she finally invited me down for a visit.  I had no idea where wisconsin even was.  Night before I leave massive snow storm hits and at our hockey game some fuckin piece of shit runs me clipping my left knee.  It was my “clutch” leg and in a manual jeep it was not fun.  10 hr trip turned into 14 due to blizzard.  Get to hotel and the suite level didnt have an elevator so I had to carry my suitcase up the stairs…..it was a fun year that we dated.
    whore.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Loric76  I am not sure what game I will catch….maybe I will head into the Wednesday game.

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook Loric76  Gotta be a weekend for me cause I’m taking the boy.  Originally had gotten him tickets for his 8th birthday for game 5 of the first series (sunday aft) but that game didn’t happen so we got these instead.  Should be fun.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook  Its a great time.  I love how close to the ice everything seems compared to watching at the ACC.  Actually prefer the venue.

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe ah the early days of online dating…never worked out for anyone I know.  I met this girl online while I was in college that lived on the other end of the city, and she was awesome to chat with online.  Finally met her in person and I couldn’t run away fast enough.  Totally different personality than what I had envisioned.  Kinda psychotic almost.  You’d like her :)

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook Loric76  Agree, as long as you don’t “splurge” and spend the extra 10 on the Platinums lol.  You’re really up close but it’s tough to see the actual game.

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe
    “Date” a ho, marry a princess
    No Phookin’ with that stereotype :)

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/EtobicokeErnie https://twitter.com/EtobicokeErnie/status/465461010308931584
    Honestly, when I crawled out of bed this morning I had no intention of being brilliant, but sometimes things just work out!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe  I think she moved to Wisconsin.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook  I looked at the ticket price last week.  18 bucks for a playoffs tilt.  Still in awe.

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphookMaxwellHowe
    hahaha

  • Burtonboy

    I posted this yesterday . Corsi and fenwick will become a thing of the past when they implement this system . Just click on the graphic and it explains how it works and how the Raps have even taken it one step further. 

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/stubborn-nhl-takes-tech-step-forward/article18595761/

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy  Let me guess for players it will be called points and plus/minus.  For teams it will be called wins and losses??

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto  Is this good or bad?  Could Timmy L. not buy him a spot on the squad?

  • Jordan29

    Burtonboy  looks interesting

  • dlb yeh

    CanuckUKinToronto
    that’s a bloody some-thing, right?  no?
    meh

  • Loric76

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook  he’s a big name though, and that’s all that’s needed in growing markets.

  • dlb yeh

    Burtonboy
    in the title, stubborn NHL … why, because they didn’t rush to something?  i thought we’ve got enough proof that all teams have tracked their own prefered stats for years already.
    are some of these new metrics people trying to get credit for catching up?
    Mirtle to replace Nonis one day?

  • dlb yeh

    good for Michael Sam, nice moment on the TV there for him.
    i had him going to the Packers but the Rams and Browns were both on my pool sheet.

  • dlb yeh

    king of the empty netter does it again

  • dlb yeh

    “The Packers drafted another pass rusher, Bradford, a player draft analyst Tony Pauline described as playing as though his hair is on fire.”
    We need better writers here.  This is setting the bar high.  Really paints a picture.  haha

  • dlb yeh

    CanuckUKinToronto
    haha.  yup.  he’s the king.
    coach trusts him out there at the end of the game.  as soon as we get possession he’s out to centre ice like a dart looking for the pass, and his team-mates are getting the puck to him.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Hmmm an all electric motorcycle….

    http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca/zero-s

  • Mitch_S2

    Burtonboy DylanJIf it puts him on the Mike Richards path I’m fine with that.

  • dlb yeh

    CanuckUKinToronto
    yup.  a tweener.  no innuendo this time.

  • drummond

    Nice read on Jerry D

    http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140510/SPORTS/305100019/Weinstein-Playoff-star-Jerry-D-Amigo-deserves-real-NHL-shot-next-season?nclick_check=1

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto I have always wanted a motorcycle but the lack of noise is great in a car, but worries me on the road.  Other drivers will make lane changes without knowing its there.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    drummond  AHLer for life?

  • dlb yeh

    drummond
    what’s nice about it?  never any insight into how he actually plays for the fans who don’t get a chance to see him.
    that article could be written using the box scores.

  • Mitch_S2

    drummond I’ve always been a big fan of his. He was supposed to be a late 1st round pick in his draft year. He’s the ideal fourth liner for us. 
    I’d be happy going with D’Amigo- Holland- Broll next year. 
    No reason that  line can’t be semi-productive.  Or if you want to play Holland further up in the lineup put Komaro between them

  • Mitch_S2

    dlb yeh drummondHe’s a grinder 101.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Mitch_S2 drummond  Holland is wasted on the 4th line.  If you dont want experience then go D’amigo-Carrick-Broll

    if you do, D’amigo-Boyle-Broll.

    in other words see ya Mcclement.

  • Mitch_S2

    TheCanucksnaphook Mitch_S2drummondWhy is it a waste? I don’t see why they can’t play 12 minutes a night? I totally agree we don’t need a meathead line, but Broll is big and tough enough to really go after anyone in the league. 

    Cut back on the top six minutes and they dont look so bad late in the season.

  • dlb yeh

    @TheCanucksnaphook
    he’s a guy with a lot of speed who will go into the dirty areas reulctantly (but he will when he has to)
    for a great PK guy i don’t see him blocking  alot of shots, and for a good forechecker i don’t see him winning many battles along the boards and for a good defensive player i see him missing his defensive assignments if it’s outside of the “system”.
    he’s a player with speed in his legs but not upstairs a lot of the time.
    his points come from his linemates.  some empty netters and 2nd assists.  he had a nice assist on a PP, but it was off a set play, so he can excecute.  but not real creative.
    his assist last night was almost an accident.  pulling up in the centre of the ice just inside the oppositiion’s blue line is not what you see from great offensive players.  sometimes the play just opens up for you whne you have speed like he does.
    so, speed is an asset.  and he scores when he should.  i hope another team loves him.

  • Mitch_S2

    CanuckUKinToronto drummondDoubt Kozun gets one. Hasn’t been anything special and we might as well make room for Brown