Hard-Fought Battle in Game 1
Toronto: A. Johnsson (2) (A. Nielsen, T. Moore)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 26/28
Syracuse: E. Condra (3) PP (B. Froese, M. Taormina), B. Froese (2) (A. Erne, D. Walcott), Y. Gourde (1) (C. Conacher, E. Condra)
Goaltender: M. McKenna 24/25
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring at 1:39 of the first period with his second of the postseason.
- Andrew Nielsen collected his first point of the playoffs with the primary assist on Johnsson’s first period goal.
- Trevor Moore picked up his second point (1 goal, 1 assist) of the postseason with an assist on Johnsson’s first period goal.
- The Marlies hold a 51-44 all-time record in the postseason (24-23 on the road).
- Toronto went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
- Syracuse outshot Toronto 29 to 25.
- Seth Griffith led the Marlies in shots on goal with four. Kerby Rychel and Steve Oleksy had three shots on net each.
MARLIES SCORING LEADERS
- Points: Justin Holl (6)
- Goals: Colin Greening (2), Brendan Leipsic (2), Andreas Johnsson (2)
- Assists: Justin Holl (5)
- Shots: Brendan Leipsic (18)
- +/-: Frederik Gauthier (+4), Justin Holl (+4), Travis Dermott (+4)
- PIM: Rinat Valiev (10), Andrew Nielsen (10)
CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS
- Games: Cal O’Reilly (71), Andrew Campbell (49), Rich Clune (26)
- Points: Cal O’Reilly (44), Seth Griffith (20), Mike Sislo (9), Kerby Rychel (9), Andrew Campbell(9)
- Goals: Cal O’Reilly (11), Seth Griffith (7), Brendan Leipsic (5)
- Assists: Cal O’Reilly (33), Seth Griffith (13), Justin Holl (9)
On their speed: We knew what to expect from their team. We expected more from our group, I didn’t think we skated all game. We were on our heals, part of it is them, they were skating and clogged us up. We didn’t do the things we needed to do to be able to let our speed be on display. We played really slow all game long, you play slow against a fast team that’s going the way they were today you’re in for a tough night that was the case.
On the power play: Our power play has been stale for quite a while here. It wasn’t very good in the Albany series and wasn’t very good here today, we got out chanced. All their best players kill penalties so all the speed they bring to the game at 5-on-5 comes on the penalty kill, even more so because they are playing such short shifts and coming fast. When you get your opportunities, you’ve got to make them count and we didn’t do that. We weren’t very good on penalty kill, weren’t very good on power play or even strength. Goaltending was the only box we checked today. But with all of that said we were right there in the hockey game and that’s a positive sign for us. We’ve got to regroup here, find our game, much like we did after game one in Albany, recognize where we can get better. We know we can be a whole lot better and I think we will be tomorrow.
DIVISION FINALS SCHEDULE
Game Two: Saturday, May 6 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Three: Tuesday, May 9 vs Syracuse– 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Four: Wednesday, May 10 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Five: Saturday, May 13 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Six: Monday, May 15 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Seven: Wednesday May 17 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies are back in action Friday night as they kick off the North Division Finals in Syracuse against the Crunch.
The Marlies enter the series coming off of a 3-1 series win over Albany, following Justin Holl’s triple overtime winner in Game 4 back in Toronto.
Syracuse advanced after defeating St. John’s 3-1 in their opening round matchup.
The Marlies enter the series holding a 5-2-1-0 record against the Crunch during the regular season, including three consecutive victories late in the season. Two of those games went beyond regulation time and were decided in a shootout.
Brendan Leipsic led the way for the Marlies during the regular season with seven points (4G, 3A) in five games played against Syracuse.
Holl led the Marlies in scoring in their opening round victory over the Devils, and is tied for second in the league in playoff scoring after earning six points during the series.
Frederik Gauthier and Travis Dermott each earned four points during the Marlies victory over the Devils in the first round, while Leipsic and Colin Greening each scored twice in the opening round series, leading the Marlies in goals.
Kasimir Kaskisuo picked up two wins to close out the series, including Game 4 which went to triple overtime. He holds a 0.96 GAA and .952 Save Percentage this postseason.
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on Leafs TV and AHL Live at 7:00 pm. Join the conversation online by following the Marlies on Twitter and tuning into the #MarliesLive chat.
The Marlies return home next Tuesday. Tickets are available at marlies.ca or 416-597-PUCK (7825).