Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 26 2014 08:46PM
Two games in two nights, both at home, 0 and 2 in the season series. Sounds like a near-insurmountable challenge, right? The Toronto Marlies appear to be defying that thought. After a 6-2 victory yesterday, the Blue and White came right back into the BMO Harris Bradley Centre and pulled off a very similar game, winning 5-2.
The Marlies once again opened the scoring in this game, in the dying moments of the first period. Taking advantage of a bad dump, Jerry D'Amigo sent Trevor Smith into the offensive zone, who left the puck for Brandon Kozun. Kozun took a second before ripping a wrist shot into the back of the yet. It was a much needed goal in a period where the Admirals took 15 of 22 shots.
Just before the midway point in the period, Toronto found themselves on a five on three powerplay. and put together this wicked play that gave Sam Carrick his third goal of the series.
It was the best play of a period that was much better controlled by the Marlies, and gave them ample room going into the third. Just a minute into the final period, however, things closed up a bit. Calle Jarnkark took advantage of a feed by Filip Forsberg and blasted a short distance one-timer past Drew MacIntyre to break his shutout bid.
A key moment came for the Marlies as two Milwaukee players took penalties at the same time, one of them being a double minor. Thanks to a slash to Carrick by Francis Wathier, that man-advantage stretched a little longer, and Brandon Kozun took advantage, squeaking through a garbage goal to regain the two goal lead. Late in the third period, Toronto found themselves on the powerplay once again, and needed much less time to covert than previously; Korbinian Holzer fired a point shot to widen the gap to 4-1.
Milwaukee added a goal with a little over a minute to go, but it was of little effect. Jerry D'Amigo added an empty netter before the final buzzer sounded.
Drew MacIntyre made 24 saves on 26 shots. Another good performance by him. The first goal was one he probably gets a piece of if given another crack at it, but the second was a product of traffc in front of him.
Josh Leivo suffered a hand injury late in the second period. It looked concerning, but he was back in time for the third period and played through the rest of the game.
Brandon Kozun had been plenty noticable over the past couple of weeks, but this was the first time in over a dozen games that he put a puck in the back of the net. After getting the first, it only took him two periods to get his next. I guess when it rains, it pours.
Sam Carrick scored yet again tonight, and tied TJ Brennan for the team shot lead with six.
The Marlies outshot the Admirals 32 to 11 in the final forty minutes. After a slow start, they had total control of this game.
A powerplay that goes 3 for 8 and a perfect 6 for 6 penalty kill is a good night out in terms of special teams.
The Marlies now have three games, all at home, to close this series out. A sweep could occur if they win on Thursday night at Ricoh Coliseum.