Toronto Marlies Game Report- April 19 Game 1
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, April 19, 2019
TORONTO MARLIES (4) @ ROCHESTER AMERICANS (1)
Toronto: N. Baptiste (1) (C. Mueller, R. Sandin), C. Mueller (1) (R. Sandin, D. Timashov), C. Mueller (2) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), A. Brooks (1) SH (P. Engvall)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (29/30)
Rochester: T Thompson (1) (T. Leier, Y. Veilleux)
Goaltender: S. Wedgewood (19/23)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Nicholas Baptiste opened the scoring at 2:53 of the second period. This is Baptiste’s second goal in four career playoff games.
- Chris Mueller scored at 14:31 of the second period and on the power play at 10:50 of the third period. He earlier added the primary assist on Baptiste’s second period goal. Mueller has 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in 89 playoff games. Mueller’s first goal was his seventh career game-winning goal in the postseason.
- Adam Brooks scored shorthanded at 14:45 of the third period. Brooks has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 21 postseason games with the Marlies.
- Rasmus Sandin recorded the secondary assist on Baptiste’s goal in the second period, the primary assist on Mueller’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Mueller’s third period power play goal. This was this first AHL playoff game.
- Dmytro Timashov registered the secondary assist on Mueller’s second period goal. In 27 postseason games, Timashov has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists), all with Toronto.
- Jeremy Bracco collected the primary assist on Mueller’s third period power play goal. Bracco has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) through five postseason games.
- Pierre Engvall picked up the lone assist on Brooks’ shorthanded goal in the third period.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 1-0-0-0 in the playoffs with a .967 Save Percentage and a 1.00 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 3-for-3 for on the penalty kill and was 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Rochester had a 30-23 edge in shots in all situations. Chris Mueller led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- Goals: C. Mueller (2)
- Assists: R. Sandin (3)
- Points: C. Mueller, R. Sandin (3)
- PPG: C. Mueller (1)
- Shots: C. Mueller (5)
- +/-: A. Brooks, C. Mueller, R. Sandin (+2)
- PIMS: S. Oleksy (5)
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game:
Obviously the first period, we were overwhelmed there for a good portion of it. But we knew there were going to be chunks of the game, chunks of the series that aren’t going to look very good, that’s a very good team over there that don’t let you breathe a whole lot when they get rolling with the amount of depth that they have. So that was the case in the first period but I thought from that point on that our team just relaxed and settled in. The second and third period I thought were pretty good in a lot of ways. We didn’t give up very much. Then I expect the series to go, we have to hang around at five-on-five and win the games on special teams. We talked about that a lot coming in and that was the recipe today. We got some great goaltending, a lot of luck in the first period to keep the puck out of our net and that was enough to give us some life to settle into the game and then we got our chances and made it count.
On the veteran group:
That’s what those guys are here for. It’s our veterans. It’s also our guys that were part of last year’s championship team, we expect to lead the way and play at a high level early on here and bring the rest of the team with them. It did take us some time to get here but I thought the response from our team in the second and third periods. The second period was better than our first, our third period was a lot better than our second so that’s a really good sign for our team. We’ve got to turn the page here, win or lose today, we had to wash this game away and learn from it, build on it and be a whole lot better in game two.
CHRIS MUELLER (2 GOALS)
On being able to settle into the game:
It’s huge. They’re a heck of a hockey team five-on-five. We knew our power play needed to come up big in order to get an opportunity and you’ve got to give your hats off to Kas for keeping us in there in the first because they really came as we expected, a good five-on-five team like I said. But we weathered a storm. Sometimes in the playoffs that’s what you need to do especially in early games early in the series when their team’s at home, they’ve got all their energy going on top of being a skilled team, we really weathered it and a lot of that has to do with Kas. But then we settled in, got a goal, got a power play goal and then I thought we really found our game from that.
On being able to capitalize on the power play:
A lot of times that doesn’t happen, a lot of times the penalties are rare. I think we really had only two, that last one is a little funky in a way. We tried to dial it in all week, tried to prepare. We had our tendencies all year which they did a good job on and I think we changed a few things so hats off to AJ (MacLean) and our guys executed, we executed so that’s a huge bonus. We’re going to need to continue that to be successful against this team.
April 21 at Rochester – 3:05 p.m. ET
April 24 vs Rochester – 7:00 p.m. ET
*April 26 vs Rochester – 7:00 p.m. ET
*April 28 at Rochester – 5:05 p.m. ET