Toronto Marlies win 5-2 over Chicago Wolves, take 1-0 Series Lead

Toronto Marlies win 5-2 over Chicago Wolves, take 1-0 Series Lead

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Toronto Marlies open round two with a bang versus Chicago

TORONTO – On Friday night the Toronto Marlies and the Chicago Wolves kicked off their round two Calder Cup matchup in Chicago. Toronto, coming off a long layoff after their 3-0 sweep over the Milwaukee Admirals, were looking to make sure that the Wolves bark was louder than their bite. Friday was also the first post-season game for both Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland. Abbott had been sidelined with an upper body injury since the beginning of April, while Holland missed the last few games of the regular season with a minor injury.

In the first, it was the Marlies who would strike first. Just under 10 minutes played in the first, Toronto would head to the man advantage with Brent Regner in the box for holding. At 10:54 of the opening frame, the Marlies quickly solved Jake Allen. Spencer Abbott created a tic-tac-toe passing play which led to Josh Leivo and Peter Holland working the puck to an open Trevor Smith crashing the net who beat Allen for his 1st of the post season, 1-0 Toronto. Still in the first, with less than five to go, it was the duo of Abbott and Holland contributing once more. On the two-man advantage, Peter Holland lifted a backhand shot in tight over Allen making it a 2-0 Toronto lead which they would take into the dressing room. The Marlies had a lot of great chances in the first period and led the shots 14-13 after one.

In the second period, Josh Leivo decided it was time to show off his speed. 5:02 into the frame, after breaking into the offensive zone and missing his shot, Leivo collected the puck and skated with possession all the way back to centre ice. Leivo then re-entered the zone with Greg McKegg on his left side who beat Allen with a laser of a wrist shot for his 2nd of the post-season extending the Marlies lead to 3-0. Five minutes later though, the Wolves would get one back. Former Maple Leaf and Marlie Christian Hanson was left all alone on the door step as the puck ricocheted off the boards and right onto his stick and easily beat a surprised Drew MacIntyre to bring the Wolves back into the game, 3-1. Still in the second, after Spencer Abbott chased down a loose puck into the centre ice area, the Marlies were caught on a bad change where Michael Davies took advantage. Davies broke in behind Andrew MacWilliam and Stuart Percy and beat MacIntyre with nice shot, 3-2 Toronto after 40 minutes of play.

In the third the Marlies once again found the scoreboard. Three minutes into the final frame, Peter Holland and Spencer Abbott found Carter Ashton alone on the wing who powered his way to the net. Ashton actually fanned on the shot but confused Jake Allen enough that he put the puck into his own net. Ashton would get credit for his 1st of the post season, 4-2 Toronto. With less than five to go in the third, a Jerry D’Amigo stretch pass to Sam Carrick went wide, but with nobody around Carrick, he skated into the offensive zone, retrieved the puck off a ricochet off the boards and walked around Jake Allen for his 4th of the post-season sealing the victory for the Marlies. 5-2 the final score.

GAME NOTES:

  • Powerplay was 2/5 while the PK was 3/3
  • Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland looked good in their returns.  Holland recorded three points (1G 2A) while Abbott recorded two assists
  • Drew MacIntyre stopped 37 of 39 shots he faced.  He was the game’s 3rd star
  • The Marlies kept the Wolves best player in Dimitri Jaskin off the board.  He was a -1 with 5 shots on goal
1028 comments
Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Good night folks . I'm a little cross eyed right now . Too much hockey lol

Jordan29
Jordan29

seriously though guys, that hit I made with franson on ROR is massive lol

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Very very impressed with Leivo again tonight . Not only is he an offensive threat he's also defensively responsible ,gritty and can skate . Kids the real deal I think.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

Missed the last bit of the Marlies game but Damigo is an empty net filling machine. 

mike_84
mike_84

I wonder what kind of return LA could get for Quick. 

mike_84
mike_84

No Quick to start the 2nd 

NotInsane
NotInsane

Marlies roll four lines... hmmm

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Jerry D..... King of MT netters 

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

Miami, what are you doing? Miami stahp!

Bruffins
Bruffins

Granberg started that...

mike_84
mike_84

Empty net. Cue Jerry D

T K O
T K O

I love Carrick

mike_84
mike_84

Wonder if he gets a shot to back up the big club

mike_84
mike_84

Nice pass by Carrick. Nice hit by Holzer

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@wiski  Ghosts of Randy Carlyle still linger in Anaheim 

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

Riemer and Kuli but they would have to throw in a 2nd

Kidding....

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@wiski  I can't believe the fancy stats guys are actually acknowledging that intangibles exist 

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Burtonboy  

after watching McClement and Kulemin for two years I fully believe that is a skill 

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

And one of the best penalty killers in the league. Apperently leafs PK doesn't need any help

mike_84
mike_84

@WendelGilmour @T K O  He will be a big part of next years Marlies. Think Spott said something about him getting a letter next year 

mike_84
mike_84

@The_Polish_Cannon  Psh RAndy needs no help. Thats why they fired the asst coaches. Thing is their not hiring anyone. Randy will handle it all