Marlies Score 6 in Action Packed Win over Abbotsford

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 30 2014 06:12PM

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Sometimes the world gets a little dry, but when it rains, it pours. Today, the rain was in the second period, and it came in the form of a torrential downpour. Eight goals in the second period provided the entertainment, and a couple in the third put the Toronto Marlies so close to a playoff spot that they could taste it. 

The first period came and went in relative silence. With only one powerplay and no significant scoring chances or goals, it just kinda... happened.  But three minutes into the second period, with Shane O'Brien in the box for a dangerous hit to Spencer Abbott, TJ Brennan blasted home his 22nd goal of the year, putting the Marlies on top for about four minutes. Within a minute and a half of each other, Max Reinhart and Brett Olson beat Drew MacIntyre to give Abbotsford the lead, with Ben Street trailing just behind.

But just as quick as the pendulum swung one way, it headed back the other. Jamie Devane made it 3-2 just twenty seconds later, and Greg McKegg took a minute to tie the game. Before the period was over, Tyler Biggs completed the full circle and put his team up with his seventh goal of the year. But wait! With five seconds left in the period, Shane O'Brien scored not once, but twice (the first one initially waved off and later counted as "the goal") to tie it back up heading into the third.

Midway through the first, the Marlies regained the league and never looked back. Josh Leivo scored his seventeenth of the season, and Carter Ashton soon followed with the insurance marker, his 16th in 22 games. Toronto ended the game on a powerplay, didn't succeed, but ultimately, it didn't matter.

Other Notes

  • Despite a shaky second period, Drew MacIntyre still came out of the game with 30 saves on 34 shots. One would be wise to judge his play in segments instead of as a whole, in this case.
  • The Marlies played with five defenceman, as Eric Knodel was set to play, but had the flu.
  • Andrew MacWilliam suffered an injury after a hit to the head. He had trouble skating after impact. Spott wouldn't call it a concussion, but left room for implication.
  • Spencer Abbott left the game early as well, from the O'Brien hit. Spott described it as a "rib strain"
  • The North Division title will be clinched as soon as Toronto gains or Rochester loses a point.
  • The Marlies play their next game on Friday, against the Utica Comets.

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#1 Ben
March 31 2014, 09:54AM
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Hey Jeffler, if you get a chance it'd be nice to hear some of your thoughts on Leivo. I caught a Marlies-Ice Caps game in January and he (and Holland) just seemed to be a cut above everyone else on the ice, skill-wise (mind you Ashton, McKegg and D'Amigo weren't playing).

What's been your impression of him looking over the course of the season? Think he has a chance to crack the lineup next year? Cheap, entry level talent in a sheltered scoring role? More time in the minors? Total bust? Catastrophic failure?

On an aside if anyone finds themselves in St John's and the Ice Caps are playing do yourself a favour and get a ticket. Best hockey game I've been to in years. I understand why Winnipeg is pulling out but its such a shame.

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#2 WesternDP
March 31 2014, 10:54AM
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Josh Leivo is just 20 years old and has 38 points in 54 games. That's pretty good for an young AHL rookie. That's a very nice prospect. I think he's a nice 3rd line winger in the NHL...the kiind of guy that can score without alot of minutes

Holland? The Leafs seemed to win with him in the line up. I thought they would have kept him up even with Bolland back so that they would not have to push Bolland so hard.

Granberg is up to +25. Top 10 in plus/minus in the AHL...again...pretty good for a rookie who is just 21.

There are others... Abbott, Brennan, Percy This a very young team in first place

I am worried they will give up prospects and trade for another Clarkson. Try and sign the existing veterans to reasonable contracts and if they won't sign, let them go...open up some spots and give the prospects a shot at training camp.

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