The Mitch Marner train is chugging at full steam this week. A night after picking up his first hat trick of the season, the 2015 Leafs first round pick is well on his way to putting up another one tonight; including this gorgeous (and shorthanded!) tally in the second period.
Before this goal, Marner opened the scoring on the night with his 19th goal in 24 games, that just so happened to send a barrage of teddy bears on the ice (it’s Charity Toss Night in London). But good causes aside, the London Knights had a game to win and were tied 2-2 with the Ottawa 67’s. That was, until this:
Marner started off this play by aggressively chasing Liam Herbst as he played the puck. While he wasn’t able to strip it off of him, he did make it to the boards just off to the side of the hash marks in time to start off his attack. He would need more than just a nice shot to create a scoring chance, though, and got a bit cheeky to beat Ottawa’s defenders.
Since the goal, London has added a pair to make the game 5-2; with one of those including a Marner assist.