ALBANY DEVILS (1) AT TORONTO MARLIES (2)
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Toronto: T. Dermott (1) (K. Rychel, J. Holl), J. Holl (1) 2OT (F. Gauthier, B. Leipsic)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 30/31
Albany: C. Camper (2) (J. Quenneville, B. Sexton)
Goaltender: M. Blackwood 58/60
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Travis Dermott opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal at 8:05 of the first period and led the Marlies in shots on goal with nine. Dermott has four points in the postseason and registered 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) in his rookie season with the Marlies.
- Justin Holl scored the overtime winner at 6:43 of the third overtime period. Holl leads the Marlies in scoring with six points.
- Kerby Rychel picked up the primary assist on Dermott’s first period goal and has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the postseason.
- Frederik Gauthier collected the primary assist on Holl’s overtime winner. Gauthier registered four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the series.
- Brendan Leipsic registered an assist tonight and has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his past two games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 30 of 31 shots for his second career playoff win. Kaskisuo holds a 0.96 Goals Against Average and a .952 Save Percentage.
- In the past six seasons, the Marlies have advanced to the second round five times.
- The Marlies broke the record for longest game in franchise history at 4 hours and 29 minutes. The record was previously held in a triple overtime loss to Grand Rapids in 2006.
- The Marlies hold a 51-43 all-time record in the postseason (27-21 at home).
- The Marlies are now 7-6 all-time playoff overtimes (4-2 at home).
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- The Marlies outshot the Devils 60-31. 60 shots on goal is a new postseason record for the Marlies. Toronto previously registered 47 shots on goal against Grand Rapids in 2006.
- Travis Dermott led the way with nine shots on goal.
MARLIES SERIES LEADERS
- Points: Justin Holl (6)
- Goals: Colin Greening (2), Brendan Leipsic (2)
- Assists: Justin Holl (5)
- Shots: Brendan Leipsic (16)
- +/-: Frederik Gauthier (5), Justin Holl (5)
CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS
- Games: Cal O’Reilly (70), Andrew Campbell (48), 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)
THE SERIES SO FAR
Albany Goals: Thomson, Quenneville,
TOR PP: 0/4 ALB PP: 1/5 Shots: 27-23 TOR
Toronto Goals: Rychel, Kalinin, Gauthier, Greening, Johnsson, Moore
Albany Goals: Rooney, Quenneville,
TOR PP: 2/7 ALB PP: 0/5 Shots: 23-21 TOR
Toronto Goals: Leipsic (2), Greening
Albany Goals: Quenneville, Camper
TOR PP: 0/2 ALB PP: 1/4 Shots: 29-25 ALB
“We’ve won the game obviously and I think everyone in the locker room is pretty happy to win that one and get out of there. It didn’t really matter who scored, but it was fortunate that one went in and I couldn’t be happier for us and the guys. Mackenzie had an unbelievable game, he’s a great goalie and he held them in it today. I thought we could have put up four or five in regulation, he did a great job of holding them in it and there’s a bunch of times in overtime where we thought we had chances too and we thought it was over, but we just had to keep pressing pressing pressing. That team didn’t go away, a lot of credit to them, they’re a really disciplined and structured group and again, the goalie was unbelievable so it was good for us to come out of that with a W.”
– Justin Holl, Marlies Defenceman
“There was a little bit of everything that you’d go through in overtime, as of course we played long enough that you’re going to see a little bit of everything. Just one of those great playoff games that you’ll remember, it will stay with you, we talked about that after the second overtime. These type of games, guys are sore, guys are tired, guys are cramping up and they’re taking IVs in between periods. It’s who’s going to stay with it, so proud of our guys here today. It was a hell of an effort by them, hell of an effort by Albany as well and I thought we played as good a sixty minutes as we’ve played all season and they hung around, Albany did and then I thought they took it to us a little bit in that first overtime. So it’s just a great hockey game, big win by our guys against a real good hockey team in Albany and we’re happy to get the series over with. “
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
The Marlies are back on the ice Friday night holding a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five North Division Semifinals over the Albany Devils.
After dropping the first game on the road, the Marlies responded with a 6-2 win in Albany last weekend and followed that up with a 3-2 overtime win on home ice Wednesday. Tonight, the Marlies have a chance to end the series and advance.
Brendan Leipsic had a pair of goals in Wednesday’s victory as he opened the scoring in the first and then reinstated the lead late in the second period. In overtime, it was Colin Greening who put an end to the game with a shot from the high slot just 45 seconds into the extra frame.
Kasperi Kapanen returned to the Marlies lineup on Wednesday, and earned two assists, picking up a helper on each of Leipsic’s goals. Travis Dermott also had a pair of assists in Wednesday’s victory, giving him three in the series.
The Marlies are preparing for a tough game as Albany are fighting to force a Game 5.
“I think Friday is going to be another big test for us, in being able to close out a series given that it’s a best-of-five,” Greening said following Wednesday’s game.
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