Toronto Marlies vs Cleveland Monsters - Game 1 - May 1, 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Toronto Marlies vs Cleveland Monsters – Game 1 – Round 2 – Calder Cup Playoffs  

The Toronto Marlies were back in action as they came out with a 5-2 win against the Cleveland Monsters in Game 1 of the North Division Finals on Wednesday night.

The Marlies started off strong, and both teams played solid defense. A scary moment early for Toronto as defenseman Calle Rosen lost his balance and crashed headfirst into the boards.  Rosen stayed down for a few minutes, but was able to get up and skate off and back to the locker room.

The period was very physical and shots were even at 2. Cleveland got on the power play at 7:29 of the first when Trevor Moore went off for holding but the monsters didn’t do much to capitalize.  The Marlies then got on the power play of their own and put on a ton of pressure, but Monsters goalie Brad Thiessen made some incredible saves including one on Jeremy Bracco. Cleveland got on the board first with Tommy Cross wiring one from the blue line through traffic and past Kaskisuo to make it 1-0 with just over seven left in the first. The goal was a power-play goal. Thiessen stood his ground throughout the period, making a terrific save on Pierre Engvall. Toronto went on the power play again to close out the first period, but after a flurry of good chances couldn’t get a goal.  Shots were 11-6 to end the first with the Monsters taking a 1-0 lead.

The Marlies tied things up at 2:15 of the second 1 with Peirre Engvall’s first of the postseason and was assisted by Jooris and Sandin. Mark Letestu gave Cleveland a one-goal lead just minutes later

Toronto tied it up at 2 thanks to Chris Mueller who swatted in his own rebound at the side of the net to at 11:59.  The goal was a power-play goal Moore and Bracco netted the assists. Kaskisuo was pulled for a brief moment for the extra attacker but Toronto couldn’t score. Dymtro Timashov’s shot from the right circle and over the shoulder of Theissen to make it 3-2 Marlies on the power play.  Cleveland penalties proved costly as once again the Marlies were on the man advantage with Trevor Moore capitalizing again for the Marlies making it 4-2 with just over three minutes in the period.

In the third,  with time winding down, the Monsters pulled Thiessen for the extra attacker but couldn’t get it done.  Moore found the empty net to make it 5-2 Marlies. 

Game 2 is in Toronto on Friday.