Toronto Marlies Game Report- May 18 Game 2- Conference Final
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 18, 2019
TORONTO MARLIES (3) @ CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (5)
Toronto: J. Bracco (3) (R. Sandin, J. Lindgren), C. Greening (1) (J. Jooris, A. Borgman), A. Brooks (6) (T. Moore, M. Marchment)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (20/24)
Charlotte: T. Jurco (5) (N. Roy, D. Renouf), N. Roy (1) (T. Jurco, M. Necas), J. Sellgren (1) (N. Roy, S. Lorentz), A. Poturalski (6) (T. Carrick, M. Geekie), P. Brown (1) EN (H. Fleury)
Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (9/12), D. Tokarski (9/9)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Jeremy Bracco opened the scoring at 1:33 of the first period. Bracco has three points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. Bracco has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) through nine games in the playoffs.
- Colin Greening scored at 15:43 of the first period. This was Greening’s first point of the postseason.
- Adam Brooks scored at 4:52 of the second period. Brooks leads the Marlies in goals (6) and is tied for second in the AHL.
- Rasmus Sandin registered the primary assist on Bracco’s first period goal. Sandin leads all defencemen and rookies in assists (9) through nine games.
- Jesper Lindgren recorded the secondary assist on Bracco’s first period goal. This was his first point in his first AHL playoff game.
- Josh Jooris had the primary assist on Greening’s first period goal. Jooris has two assists through nine games in the postseason.
- Andreas Borgman picked up the secondary assist on Greening’s first period goal.
- Trevor Moore recorded the primary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Moore has seven points (4-3-7) in six playoff games.
- Mason Marchment registered the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Marchment has five points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 20 of 24 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 8-1-0-0 in the playoffs with a .940 Save Percentage and a 1.77 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-1 on the power play.
- Charlotte had a 25-21 edge in shots in all situations. Colin Greening and Trevor Moore led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- Goals: A. Brooks (6)
- Assists: J. Bracco (10)*
- Points: J. Bracco (13)
- PPG: C. Mueller (4)*
- Shots: A. Brooks (17)
- +/-: A. Brooks (8)
- PIMS: D. Timashov (14)
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Jeremy Bracco has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has assists (2) in consecutive games.
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On when the team began to sit back in the game:
I don’t know if I would necessarily say sitting back. I thought we were just careless and that started in the first period. Through the first and the second period, we gave up way too much defensively. We had to rely on our goaltender way too much just by being careless and soft with the puck. We had a lead for ourselves and it made us feel comfortable and that’s the worst, absolute worst thing that could have happened for us in a game like today which we just weren’t sharp, we were careless and soft with the puck as I said. We get what we deserve in the end.
On leaning on veterans to get momentum back in the game:
I actually thought the third period especially defensively strangely enough was our best period of the game. When you look at it, we had good scoring chances. We gave up half as much as we did in the first and second so you look at the goals and it’s the luck turning on us. The luck has gone in our favour all through the playoffs and that’s why we’ve had an unblemished record but our best defenceman falls and coughs up the puck and then two pucks they shoot in the net off of our own guys so luck turns but luck turns because you give them the chance to happen. We get what we deserve and frankly, I’m happy, I’m excited about it. This is what playoffs are supposed to be like. We need to experience this. It’s important. This is the best part about the playoffs is you’ve got to ride the emotions, you’ve got ride the ups and downs and we haven’t had to experience that yet. What you’re seeing in today’s game is a byproduct of that. The emotions of the playoffs are the best part so now we finally get to experience it.
On leaning on the adversity felt this season by the team:
Absolutely. Like I said, this is what playoffs are about. It’s supposed to be difficult especially when you’re playing the top team in the league. It’s supposed to be difficult so things were going way too easy and it turned. The way we were playing allowed that to happen. So, we have to play a lot better. All that said, we were up 3-0, we missed three breakaways in the hockey game, we’ve had the chance to really break the game open and all the other stuff probably doesn’t matter but like I said, I think the luck turned on us here today. We missed our chances, pucks bouncing all over the place and ends up in our net and the series is tied and we get to go play at home.
On tonight’s game:
I thought we jumped out to a nice lead and maybe we felt a little too good about ourselves and we stopped playing the way that we wanted to play. That’s a very skilled hockey team that you can’t give them much life or much room and I think once we scored that third goal, maybe we felt too good about ourselves and started to lay back and give them space and play careless with the puck and they capitalized. I think three or maybe four of their goals were very lucky goals for them but at the same time, I think they could have had other goals that they generated because of what we gave them. We could look at it like a couple of bad bounces but we gave them too much space and we laid off the gas. I thought we came out well but you can’t give a team like that any life, any room and they took advantage of it and that’s why they’re here. It’s been a long time since we’ve experience a loss so we have to rebound. We were happy with the split. Obviously, wanted two and are disappointed in the outcome here. We’re a good team that needs to rebound and we’ll be ready for Game 3.
On the difficulty of turning momentum mid-game:
It's tough to get momentum on the road, especially against a good team like that. We’re a good team, we’re a mature team that we should be able to hone it in and we didn’t do a good job and that’s on us. Credit to them, they capitalized on their chances, they kept coming but we’ve got to clean some areas up. In Game 1, we played a sound, structured defensive game and in Game 2, we didn’t and this is the outcome.
May 21 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
May 23 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
*May 24 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
*May 26 at Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
*May 28 at Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET