Rochester's Four Unanswered Goals Stun the Marlies

Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@gordbrown_

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Toronto (5) Rochester (4) Final

Photo credit: @TorontoMarlies

TORONTO — The Rochester Americans took down the Toronto Marlies 5-4 in overtime on Sunday night in American Hockey League action.

Victor Olofsson recorded four assists and helped set up the game-winning goal for Rochester. He recorded six points (2G, 4A) across back-to-back games versus the Marlies.

Toronto (35-23-6-4) held a 4-1 third period lead before Rochester pushed back with three goals, including one with 21.8 seconds remaining in regulation time, to force an overtime period. Danny O'Regan scored the game-winning goal just 0:17 into the extra frame.

Kasimir Kaskisuo made 34 saves on 39 shots but faltered late as the Amerks emerged victoriously. Toronto was outshot 39-24 over the course of the game.

The Amerks (41-21-3-2) appeared to start the game with momentum but struggled as it progressed, until a late resurgence ultimately helped complete the last gasp comeback.

Adam Brooks took a big hit from former Marlies forward Andrew MacWilliam in the first period. He went to the dressing room to be examined and did not return. Vincent LoVerde also exited the game with an alleged lower-body injury.

Sheldon Keefe did not have an update on their injury statuses post-game.

Rasmus Asplund broke open the scoring at 12:56 to give Rochester a 1-0 lead. He received a cross-ice pass in the slot from the Buffalo Sabres’ top prospect, Olofsson, before picking the net’s bottom left corner to beat  Kaskisuo.

Rochester held their 1-0 advantage until the intermission but failed to carry their momentum into the second period.

The Marlies pulled even at 3:03 of the second and scored three total goals in the frame. Scott Pooley, Jeremy Bracco, and Pierre Engvall each scored, respectively, to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. 

Notably, Bracco leapfrogged Daniel Carr atop the AHL points lead with his 72nd. Just one night removed from setting the Marlies single-season assist record, the skilled 22-year-old posted his 19th goal to give the Marlies a 2-1 lead at 5:33 of the second.

Scott Wedgewood had his hands full with the Marlies offensive firepower. He had seen just 15 shots across forty minutes of play.

Dmytro Timashov added to the action at 0:38 of the third period, extending Toronto’s lead to 4-1 with his 13th goal of the campaign.

The Amerks cut the deficit to 4-2 with a third period strike from CJ Smith, who recorded his 25th goal at 6:07. This turned the tide in favour of Rochester and was the first of four unanswered goals.

Rochester followed up with three more goals by Asplund, Kyle Criscuolo, and O'Regan, who tallied the game-winner.

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