Toronto Marlies vs Cleveland Monsters - Game 2 - May 3, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, May 3, 2019
The Toronto Marlies needed overtime to get the job done, but came out with a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Monsters and built a 2-0 series lead.
Like Game 1, both teams came out of the gate playing a physical game. Cleveland built a 5-0 shot total against the Marlies in the first 6 minutes of the game, but Kasimir Kasiskuo did well in net for Toronto. The Marlies got on the power play early but were still being outshot 6-0. Chris Mueller’s passed to Jeremy Bracco in the left circle who gave it back to Mueller who tapped it in the side of the net for his fifth of the postseason to make it 1-0 Marlies. This was their first shot on goal of the night and was a power-play goal. Mueller leads the league in power-play goals.
Defenseman Joseph Duzak made it 2-0 for Toronto when he wired a shot from the blue line for his first professional career goal at 9:30. Pierre Engvall and Dmytro Timshov netted the assists. The Marlies were up 2-0 with those goals coming off three shots. The Monsters got on the board with just over two left after Kaskisuo tried to stop Dillon Simpson’s shot on the side of the net, leaving it wide open for Sonny’ Milano’s 2nd of the playoffs to make it 2-1. The Marlies were outshot 13-3 in the first but held onto a 2-1 lead after one.
Cleveland tied things up at 2 when DeSalvo’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle flew past Kaskisuo. This was his second goal of the postseason at 3:15. Mason Marchment went off for slashing giving the Monsters a chance to take the lead. Cleveland had a fury of shots but Kaskisuo held his own. Toronto went back on the power play and did a good job of keeping it in the monsters end, but didn’t capitalize.
Newcomer Egor Korshkov wired one that went five-hole on Theissen for his Marlies debut to make it 3-2 at 18:22 of the second. Toronto went into the break being outshot 23-14, but had a 3-2 lead after two.
The Monsters got off to a hot start in the third when Ryan Collins got the rebound and poked it in just 40 seconds into the third to tie it up at 3. Toronto took a penalty when Korshkov went off for roughing, but Kaskisuo did an incredible job keeping the Monsters off the score sheet. Through 15 minutes of play, Cleveland was still outscoring Toronto 33 -24. The Marlies got a chance to get on the power play with exactly 2 minutes left in the third with a delay of game penalty, but couldn’t get anything done, so the game was sent into overtime. Michael Carcone scored just 1:13 into the extra frame to make it 4-3. This was his first of the playoffs for Carcone, who has six points in 10 career playoff games.
Game 3 is May Sunday in Cleveland