TORONTO MARLIES GAME REPORT - Sunday, February 9, 2020
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Laval 2 @ Marlies 5
Mason Marchment scored in the opening minute for the second game in a row as the Marlies closed out a busy weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Laval Rocket Sunday evening at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies (24-20-3-2) got off to a great start against Laval (23-20-5-2) notching three goals in the opening 12 minutes.
Hot hand Mason Marchment took just 49 seconds to register his 6th goal in the last three games. The Uxbridge native opened the scoring Saturday against the Rochester Americans and did the same against Laval.
Marchment jumped on the rebound from a Teemu Kivihalme shot from the point and flipped the puck over a sprawling Rocket netminder Keith Kinkaid.
The sharp angle goal was Marchment’s 11th of the season, more than doubling his season tally from before the weekend.
When asked what was the cause of the recent surge in goal scoring, Marchment was quick to heap praise on his teammates.
“A couple of good passes from my linemates… Petey (Nic Petan) was finding me all weekend.”
The Marlies spread around the offence in the first period. Krisitians Rubins wired a goal from the top of the faceoff circle but the highlight of the first period was Egor Korshkov’s breakaway goal. Jospeh Duszak showed great vision to find the Russian with a tape to tape pass as he split the Laval defence. Kroshkov showed his composure and deked out Kinkaid in close all alone to bury his 12th goal of the season.
The Rocket responded just over a minute later through Cale Fleury, ruining any chance for back to back shutouts for the Marlies. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 3rd overall pick in the 2018 draft, recorded his 7th point on the goal, all assists, in his fourth game since being demoted to Laval last weekend.
With the Marlies up 3-1, the second period only saw eight shots recorded, three of which from Toronto. Perhaps feeling the effects from a congested schedule the game slowed down a little in the middle frame. Not only were the Marlies playing their third game in three nights but Laval were also on the tailend of a back to back after losing in overtime 3-2 to the Bellevile Senators on Saturday.
Veteran Matt Read would add a fourth goal for Toronto three minutes into the 3rd. The 33 year old showed some silky moves on a beautiful short handed goal. After getting around Cale Fleury with some nice stick work, Read waited out Keith Kinkaid and buried a beautiful back hand. More damage was done on the penalty kill than the power play.
Toronto and Laval were a combined 0-10 on the man advantage.
Matthew Peca would make it somewhat close with four minutes left in the game with a solo effort. However, Pontus Aberg iced the game with an empty netter with a minute to go, his team leading 38th point of the season.
At the end of a grueling three games in three days weekend schedule, the Marlies are coming away with four much needed points in their race to make the playoffs. A 7-4 loss to the Eastern Conference leading Belleville Senators on Friday night was followed up by strong performances Saturday in a 4-0 victory over the Rochester Americans and Sunday evening beating fellow playoff chasers the Laval Rocket.
Matt Read was pleased with this weekend's results, “I think all three games were a step in the right direction, you know the last month kind of got away from us. I think all three games we played, I wouldn’t say full 60 every game but we certainly made strides and found our confidence. I don’t think there are too many teams that can play with us when we play such a full game and a team game.”
The Marlies now have four days off before they continue their chase for the playoffs Friday night against the Belleville Senators. They rekindle their love affair with their provincial rivals on Valentine’s Day in Belleville before completing the home and home with a 4pm start Saturday afternoon back at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.