Toronto Marlies vs Charlotte Checkers - Game 3 - May 21 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Charlotte Checkers won back to back games and took a 2-1 series lead as they beat the Toronto Marlies 5-1 at Coca Cola Coliseum on Tuesday.

The Marlies came out extremely strong, netting four shots on goal in the opening minute of the game, but it was Charlotte who scored two goals in the first frame to make it 2-0 heading into the second period. Trevor Carrick wired one from the blue line and five-hole through Kasimir Kaskisuo to make it 1-0.  Tomas Jurco redirected Patrick Browns shot from the slot to make it 2-0 heading into the break.

Kaskisuo stopped 19 of 22 shots before being replaced with Michael Hutchinson to start the third. He stopped 3 of 5 shots he faced.

They added three more goals to take the 5- advantage.  Sloppy neutral zone play by the Marlies and the inability to capitalize on the power play were the main factors for Toronto, while the Checkers never left their foot off the gas, showing everyone why they have the number one penalty kill in the league.  The Marlies did well on the penalty kill, going 0-for-4, but were 1-for-7 on the man advantage.  Toronto did get on the board when Mason Marchment getting one past netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, who stopped 33 of 34 shots.   


Game 4 is Thursday in Toronto