TORONTO MARLIES (3) vs. UTICA COMETS (2) OT

Game 1

By: Nabeela Damji

Saturday, April 21, 2018

TORONTO MARLIES (1-0) vs. UTICA COMETS (0-1)

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

 

1

2

3

OT

FINAL

UTICA

0

0

2

0

2

TORONTO

0

1

1

1

3

 


SCORING SUMMARY

Utica: Z. MacEwen (1) PP (T. MacMaster, M. Chaput), M. Chaput (1) (N. Goldobin, P. Wiercioch)
Goaltender: T. Demko (44/47)

Toronto: J. Bracco (1) (Unassisted), J. Holl (1) (D. Timashov, B. Smith), C. Mueller (1) PP (D. Timashov, C. Rosen)
Goaltender
: G. Sparks (32/34)


FROM THE SCORESHEET

  • Jeremy Bracco opened the scoring unassisted with his first American Hockey League playoff goal at 10:29 of the second period.
  • Justin Holl scored at 14:45 of the third period. Holl has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) over 27 playoff games with the Marlies.
  • Chris Mueller scored the game-winner on the power play at 17:48 in overtime. Mueller has scored six game-winning goals in 69 AHL playoff games.
  • Dmytro Timashov recorded primary assists on both Holl’s third period goal and Mueller’s overtime winner. This was his first multi-point playoff game.
  • Ben Smith registered the secondary assist on Holl’s third period goal. Smith has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 19 playoffs games with two different teams (Toronto Marlies and Rockford IceHogs).
  • Calle Rosén had his first AHL playoff point with the secondary assist on Mueller’s overtime goal.
  • Garret Sparks stopped 32 of 34 shots, including nine in overtime. Sparks is 1-0-0-0 in the playoffs with a .941 Save Percentage and 1.55 Goals Against Average.

 

NOTABLES                                                                                                                   

 

  • Toronto went 6-for-7 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 47-34 edge in shots in all situations, including 16 shots for Toronto in overtime.
  • Chris Mueller led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.

 

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: J. Bracco, J. Holl, C. Mueller (1)
  • Assists: D. Timashov (2)
  • Points: D. Timashov (2)
  • PPG: C. Mueller (1)
  • Shots: C. Mueller (7)
  • +/-: J. Holl, M. Marincin (+2)
  • PIMS: M. Marchment (4)

 

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

 

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the team’s composure:.
When you’re playing a playoff game, you’re expecting it to be 5-on-5 and just competitive. There were a lot of penalties today so that changes things a little bit. Emotions were high, it was a tight game, but I did like how we kept our composure. Our penalty kill has been solid for us all season long and we have a ton of confidence in our penalty kill so it’s a little bit easier for us to say okay, we’ve got to kill this and get organized, and go out and get it done and then press on from there. Fortunately, we were able to do that.

 

On the “no goal” call:

Obviously because of the way they were celebrating and the nature of the chance, I thought they had scored. So that was my first thought was we were trying to get that goal called back, thinking maybe there was some goalie interference. We weren’t sure how Sparks got knocked over. It’s hard to see really what happened but the referee had a look at it and made the right call. I have watched it here now and the puck wasn’t even close to going in the net. So, it was a whole lot to do about nothing.


NEXT GAME:


April 22 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET

April 25 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET

*April 27 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET

*April 29 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET