Toronto Marlies vs Rochester Americans - Game 3- Calder Cup Playoffs - April 24, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The Toronto Marlies swept the series against the Rochester Americans with a 3-1 win tonight in Toronto and punched a ticket to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Adam Brooks netted a hattrick, while Calle Rosen was back after playing in Game 7 with the Leafs. Kasimir Kaskisuo made 28 saves in goal for the Marlies.
The Marlies started off with a quick shot on goal but was picked up by Scott Wedgewood. Toronto drew first blood early when Michael Carcone’s shot went across the crease and to Adam Brooks who tapped it in from the right side of the net for his second of the playoffs and a 1-0 lead.
Toronto did a good job of coming out of the gate early, and registered 4 shots on goal in the first three minutes of the period, but slowed down after that, only notching one more for the next 10. Rochester went off for slashing 11:48 of the first meant the Marlies were on a power play but managed just one shot on the man advantage. Carcone went off for tripping at 13:53 and put the Americans on the powerplay, but Toronto did a good job of keeping it out of their zone and ended up with Rochester just getting one shot on goal during that time. The Marlies went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. Shots were 11-7 after one in favor of Toronto
Production slowed down for Toronto at the beginning of the second, where they didn’t register a shot for the first five minutes of the period, including a powerplay chance when Rochester’s Zach Redmond went off for cross-checking. The Americans kept pushing, with Kevin Porter fired a shot from the right circle into Kaskisou’s chest but the goalie stood his ground. Toronto took a holding penalty and right off the faceoff; the puck went to Rochester’s Tage Thompson who wired one from the left circle to tie it up at 1. This was his second of the playoffs and was a powerplay goal.
Brooks got his second of the night when he drilled one past Wedgewood at 11:37 of the second to put the Marlies up 2-1. The game took a more physical turn with both teams battling hard along the boards. Toronto went back on the powerplay after an interference call on Rochester but couldn’t capitalize. They ended up going 0-for-3 on the night. The second ended with the Marlies up 2-1 and outshooting the Americans 17-13 through 2 periods.
The third started off with Rochester on the powerplay but didn’t make a dent. They did, however, pressure the Marlies for a few minutes but Kaskisuo was there to stand his ground and made a couple of noteworthy saves to keep Rochester off the board. The Americans did the majority of the work on the back end of this period, with shots being 27-18 in favor of Rochester with just over 5 to play.
Toronto got another goal courtesy of Adam Brooks for his third of the night into the empty net with 36 seconds left for the 3-1 win.
The Marlies will face the winner of the Cleveland Monsters and the Syracuse Crunch series in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.