Korshkov's shootout winner gives Marlies 6-5 comeback victory over Monsters
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Marlies rally four separate times to sweep two-game weekend series against Cleveland
Egor Korshkov capped off a wild back and forth game, scoring the shootout winner to give the Toronto Marlies a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Monsters on Sunday afternoon.
Korshkov was the sixth shooter up for the Marlies and put the game away with a wrist shot that caromed off Monsters’ goalie Matiss Kivlenieks and into the net, sending the crowd at Coca Cola Coliseum into a frenzy.
The second straight game between the North division rivals was a fast-paced affair in which the Marlies mounted four separate comebacks. Head coach Sheldon Keefe gave credit to his team for not giving up and earning their sixth straight win.
“I like how our guys stayed with it. With the way that our season has gone, it could have been easier to say, 'Hey it's not our day' but I like how we fought right to the end,” said Keefe outside the locker room. “A lot of really good signs for our guys to persevere through it.”
Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Garrett Wilson, and Tanner MacMaster scored tying goals for the Marlies.
Aberg, Rasmus Sandin, and Pierre Engvall all scored multiple points for Toronto (6-0-0-0) who continue to build on the best start in franchise history.
The line of Aberg, Engvall, and Wilson scored a combined five points, drawing praise from the head coach.
“I thought they were really good. I liked all three guys today, all three were creating and we really liked that line,” said Keefe in his post-game scrum. “[Engvall] was really skating today, [Aberg] scored a goal and [Wilson] is finding his legs and finding his game.
“We needed that line to create offence and they did.”
Justin Scott scored two goals for Cleveland (3-3-0-1) who have now lost four of their last five games.
Zac Dalpe, Sam Vigneault, and Kole Sherwood added goals for the Monsters.
After being shut out in the first game of the back-to-back contests, Dalpe finally got Cleveland on the board at 5:44 of the first period, crashing the net and tipping a backhand pass from Eric Robinson beyond the outstretched leg of Joseph Woll for his third goal of the season to put the Monsters up 1-0.
The goal was the first Woll had allowed in his professional career.
The rookie goaltender allowed his second goal 5:45 later when Scott scored his first of the season on the power play to make it 2-0 Cleveland.
The Monsters’ centre was parked in the slot and was able to tip an Andrew Peeke pass past Woll to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.
Scott’s goal was the first power-play tally that the Marlies’ have allowed this season after successfully killing off the first 16 penalties to start the campaign.
Through five games, the Marlies had never trailed after the first period, and mounted a late period comeback to continue that streak.
With 1:32 remaining in the period, Sandin took advantage of a Cleveland penalty and scored his first of the season to close the Marlies deficit to one goal.
Toronto’s first ranked power play (29.4%) worked quickly, needing just 33 seconds for Aberg to set up a one-timer at the point for Sandin, who hammered it past Kivlenieks to put the Marlies on the board.
With an assist on the play, Egor Korshkov has now recorded at least one point in every game this season.
The Marlies struck again just 42 seconds later when Aberg snapped a shot off a faceoff win and past a surprised Kivlenieks to tie the game at 2-2.
Cleveland regained a one-goal lead at 16:58 of the second period when Sam Vigneault flashed his top-end speed, skating in all alone on a short-handed breakaway and wristing it past Woll for his second of the season.
The Marlies responded 1:35 later on an odd-man rush, as MacMaster faked the pass across, kept it himself and sniped the puck over the Monsters’ goaltender to knot the game up at three with his second goal of the season.
The wild back and forth game continued two minutes later, as the Monsters scored once again to take a 4-3 lead as Kole Sherwood took advantage of a big rebound that careened off Woll’s pad and into the slot, banging it past the Toronto goalie for his third of the season.
Agostino would bring the Marlies even once again at 11:58 of the second period when an attempted centering pass from behind the net deflected off Cleveland defenceman Ryan Collins and over Kivlenieks’ shoulder.
Scott scored his second power-play goal of the game to put the Monsters ahead but Wilson quickly responded to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Woll stopped 21 shots for the Marlies while Kivlenieks made 25 saves for the Monsters.
The Marlies will travel to Binghamton for a matchup against the Devils on October 26.