Toronto Marlies vs. Utica Comets (Game 2)
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Toronto: P. Engvall (F. Gauthier), D. Timashov PP (B. Smith, C. Mueller), C. Greening (F. Gauthier, M. Marincin), C. Grundström (T. Moore), T. Moore EN (C. Greening, M. Marincin)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (23/25)
Utica: C. Darcy (M. Carcone), M. Chaput PP (T. MacMaster, N. Goldobin)
Goaltender: T. Demko (24/28)
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
After a 3-2 overtime win over Utica on Saturday, the Marlies were looking to grab a 2-0 series lead Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Both teams came out swinging in the first with Toronto having some great chances early on in the period. The Marlies were also able to get on the powerplay early, but Utica did a great job of keeping them off the puck and getting it out of their zone.
The Marlies were the first to strike, when Pierre Engvall scored on a nifty pass from Fredrik Gauthier at 5:51 of the first to take a 1-0 lead. It was Engvall’s first goal of the playoffs. Marlies again got a chance for a man advantage, but Trevor Moore’s interference penalty evened it out for both teams. The Comets were able to then capitalize when Cam Darcy scored on a wide-open net to tie it up 1-1 with less than seven minutes in the first. This was Darcy’s first goal of the playoffs. Michael Carcone had the assist on the goal.
Toronto then gained a two-man advantage with 3:38 to go in the first, and they finally netted a goal on the powerplay. Dmytro Timashov buried the second of the game from the side of the net to give the Marlies a 2-1 lead. Adam Brooks had a nice breakaway to end the first but wasn’t able to score. The Marlies headed into the first with a 2-1 lead. Shots were 11-9 in favor of Toronto.
Although the second period started off as energetic as the first, that died down quickly. There was no scoring in the second by either team, yet the chances were abundant.
The second period was filled with sloppy play and too much passing in front of the net.
Both goalies made some tremendous saves in the second the keep the score at 2-1. After a scrum in front of the comets net, Adam Brooks went off for slashing, but again Sparks was there to make some great saves after pressure from the Comets to keep the score 2-1 heading into the third. Shots were 20-14 for the Marlies.
The third period started with Utica on a two-man advantage and were able to score to tie up the game with one second left on the two-man advantage. Michael Chaput scored his second of the playoffs to tie up the game on to a powerplay.
Less than a minute later, while Martin Marincin coming out of the penalty box, grabbed the puck which led to Colin Greening went top shelf for his first of the playoffs giving the Marlies a 3-2 lead. This was Gauthier’s second assist of the night.
Right off the faceoff, Carl Grundstrom’s one timer was enough to give the Marlies a 4-2 lead. Toronto missed an empty net chance once, but Trevor Moore gave it one last go to give Toronto a 5-2 lead with a minute left in the game. Shots were 11-9 in favor of the Comets in the third period.
Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday April 25th in Utica.
- Toronto went 6-for-7 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 29-25 edge in shots in all situations.
- Colin Greening led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- Pierre Engvall goal was his first career American Hockey League playoff goal.
- Dmytro Timashov leads the Marlies with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in this series..
- Garret Sparks stopped 23 of 25 shots. Sparks is 2-0-0-0 in the playoffs with a .930 Save Percentage and 1.76 Goals Against Average.
Coach Sheldon Keefe
On what needs to improve on the powerplay:
“Good for us that we have a couple days here to get it figured out. A little bit of a different look that they threw at us this weekend then what we saw in the regular season and our powerplay in the last couple months of the regular season we thought was operating in a real efficient level, but now in the playoffs its changed a little bit too adjust. That’s another elite penalty killing team. They’re right behind us for the top of the league so we have to find our way through that for sure so the big thing for us for sure is move the puck quicker generate more shots, look for more movement and things like that, but we’ve got some time to really dive into it”
Gauthier on adjustments on the penalty kill
“We’ve never played that much PK I guess so were just going to have to clean that up and just get back to the basics. Were facing a team that’s strong on the PK so we just gotta keep the puck in play.”
On what Peirre Engvall provides Gauthier that he hasn’t had with other line mates
“Just his speed, I think he has great speed and he’s great at protecting the puck down low like me and Greenie so he helps a lot with that.”
On play not being as tight as they were in Game 1
“I mean we didn’t start that good but I think we responded well n the third period and just go out there and scored a couple goals and so that was a good response but what we need to work on the powerplay especially, but we got the win so were happy”
On the amount of penalties in this series
"Honestly, I’m really surprised at how many penalties there is but that’s the playoffs I guess”