TORONTO MARLIES May 1 2019 GAME 1 RECAP
MARLIES FEND OFF MONSTERS IN GAME 1
The Toronto Marlies defeated the Cleveland Monsters 5-2 in Game 1 of the AHL North Division Finals on Wednesday night.
Both teams entered Coca-Cola Coliseum with momentum after resounding Round 1 victories. However, the Monsters quickly gained the upper hand in Game 1 after Tommy Cross’ power play goal.
The Marlies also lost out their recent reinforcement Calle Rosen, who fell awkwardly into the boards in the first period and did not return. Rosen, along with Trevor Moore, were loaned back to the Marlies for their Calder Cup run.
The second period served as a turning point in this match. Pierre Engvall quickly tied the game at 1. Mark Letestu then quickly regained Cleveland the lead shortly after with his third of the postseason.
Four Cleveland penalties in the second period then paved the way for Toronto’s power play to churn out three unanswered goals with the man advantage. This included Dmytro Timashov’s game winner, his first of the playoffs.
The Marlies closed out the third with an empty netter from Trevor Moore and look towards Game 2 on Friday.
Head Coach Sheldon Keeke on the year of the “upset” in the NHL and AHL postseason and concerns as the higher seed . . .
“I think when you get down to the final eight, I don’t know if there’s that much at play anymore. Certainly, when you look at last round, I think us being underdogs in the Rochester series and Cleveland being underdogs against Syracuse, (there’s) a little more of that at play. I think now where we’re at, despite the fact that we have home ice, so many good teams have gone home and the team we’re playing beat a very good team, as good as there is in our conference so we know we have to be up for that challenge but I think a lot of that stuff kind of gets thrown out. We know we have a great challenge ahead here. It’s strange the way the season goes, our season has been up and down, gone in all sorts of directions but yet here we are at round two on home ice, it’s strange how things work out. This team (Cleveland), you look at their last 20 games, they’ve got five regulation losses in the last 20 games so they’ve been playing really good hockey for a good period of time and they really found another level against Syracuse so they’re coming in at an all-time high in terms of confidence.”
2018-19 PLAYOFF NOTABLES
- Adam Brooks is second in the league in goals (4) after scoring his professional hat trick in Game 3.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo has won three games, stopping 97 of 101 shots with a .960 Save Percentage and a 1.32 Goals Against Average. In his last 10 regular season appearances, Kaskisuo stopped 267 of 289 shots faced with a .933 Save Percentage and a 2.35 Goals Against Average.
- Chris Mueller leads the Marlies with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) through three playoff games.
- Rasmus Sandin leads all defencemen in points (4).
- Toronto is the only team to sweep their first-round series and have allowed the fewest goals (4) in the postseason.
Next game goes May 3, at Coca Cola Coliseum, Toronto.
Photos by Joe Mastromatteo – In Play! magazine