Toronto Marlies Game Report- April 21 Game 2
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, April 21, 2019
TORONTO MARLIES (3) @ ROCHESTER AMERICANS (2) OT
Toronto: C. Mueller (3) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), J. Bracco (1) (V. LoVerde, P. Engvall), J. Bracco (2) (C. Mueller, D. Timashov)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (40/42)
Rochester: C. Smith (1) (W. Simpson), K. Porter (1) (W. Simpson, K. Gosselin)
Goaltender: S. Wedgewood (20/23)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Chris Mueller scored on the power play at 59 seconds into the third period and had the primary assist on Bracco’s overtime goal. Mueller leads the AHL in points (3-2-5). Mueller has 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists) in 90 playoff games.
- Jeremy Bracco scored at 1:54 of the third period and at 2:20 of overtime. He earlier added the primary assist on Mueller’s third period goal. Bracco has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) through six postseason games.
- Rasmus Sandin recorded the secondary assist on Mueller’s third period goal. Sandin has four assists in consecutive games.
- Vincent LoVerde registered the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. LoVerde has 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) through 67 playoff games.
- Pierre Engvall picked up the lone assist on Brooks’ shorthanded goal in the third period. Engvall has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Dmytro Timashov had the secondary assist on Bracco’s overtime goal. Timashov has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 27 playoff games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 40 of 42 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 2-0-0-0 in the playoffs with a .958 Save Percentage and a 1.48 Goals Against Average. This is the most shots Kaskisuo has faced in a postseason game.
- Toronto was 3-for-3 for on the penalty kill and was 1-for-2 on the power play.
- Rochester had a 42-23 edge in shots in all situations. Jeremy Bracco led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- Goals: C. Mueller (3)*
- Assists: R. Sandin (4)*
- Points: C. Mueller (5)*
- PPG: C. Mueller (2)*
- Shots: C. Mueller (6)
- +/-: J. Bracco (+3)
- PIMS: S. Oleksy (5)
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Jeremy Bracco has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
- Pierre Engvall has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Chris Muller has points (3-2-5) in consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has assists (4) in consecutive games.
- Dmytro Timashov has assists (2) in consecutive games.
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the team being resilient:
I think resilient is a good word. I like the fact that we came out with a purpose there to start the third because I thought that through that second period, I thought we stopped playing for a while and it really made it a lot easier for them to come at us. We were a little bit dejected it felt like but we were able to regroup in that second period. We challenged the guys to go out and score the next goal. We thought if we could score the next goal that it would make things real interesting. It seemed to spark us in terms of us going and getting the second and all of a sudden, the game’s tied. It was resilient of us to find a way there. The way the series has gone is the way we expected that it would. We come into this week, our plan and the things that we talked about were that they’re going to carry the play, they’re a very deep team, the best roster in the American Hockey League in terms of what they can roll out shift after shift so they’re going to carry play so we’ve got to withstand that and we’ve got to manage it and do what we can tactically to try to be able to counter it and then we have to find ways to win games. We’ve got to get great goaltending, we’ve got to get some luck, we have to be great on special teams, these are the things we’ve talked about. So, the games have gone pretty much how we expected they might and we found ways to win.
On Kasimir Kaskisuo’s game:
He was excellent again. He’s been excellent for a long time. It’s not just a couple days here in the playoffs, he’s been good for a long time. Our team has a lot of confidence in him. He’s earned that for how he’s played. Obviously, he’s another guy who’s been resilient all season as well. He’s just been solid there for us and given our team confidence. We expected it was going to be difficult for us to carry play. What we’ve talked about is we’re not going to get focused on trying to prove we’re the better team, trying to carry play or anything like that. We’re trying to withstand pressure, trying to counter it as best we can and focus on trying to win the games and we’ve been able to do that certainly Kas has been the backbone of it.
JEREMY BRACCO (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)
On the first period where Rochester had 18 shots:
It was another weather the storm type period. It was (Kaskisuo’s) period. We had to step up for him and our period to help him was the third. The first and second (Kaskisuo) really stood on his head and obviously made a couple big ones late in the third to keep it tied. It’s a credit to him and we found a way.
On the game-tying goal:
Pierre (Engvall) made a nice play, held the guy off, threw it up to (LoVerde) and Vin kind of threw it at the net. Keefe was preaching in between periods “we’ve got to get in front of him, take the eyes away” and it bounced and luckily ended up right in front of me and then we were able to tap it in.
On the game-winning goal:
We’ve been talking about pushing out and I found a pocket there, (Mueller) found me and I was able to get Redmond to leave his feet and just pull around him and found myself with an empty net.
April 24 vs Rochester – 7:00 p.m. ET
*April 26 vs Rochester – 7:0 p.m. ET
*April 28 at Rochester – 5:05 p.m. ET