Marlies Fight Hard in Back-and-Forth Contest
The goals came fast and furious after a delayed puck drop Saturday night in Rochester, starting with an Amerks goal just 48 seconds into the game scored by Sahir Gill.
Mason Marchment had a quick response for the Marlies only 23 seconds later, as from a seated position he was able to corral a loose puck and tuck it into the net. Marchment’s eleventh of the season was assisted by Jeremy Bracco and Chris Mueller.
With just over four minutes played in the first, Bracco connected with Mueller, sending a great pass from the corner that Mueller was able to one-time in from the high slot.
The 2-1 scoreline held up at the intermission, with the Marlies outshooting Rochester 13-11 in the opening frame.
In the second, Rochester scored a trio of goals in quick succession to take the lead. Hudson Fasching and Justin Bailey scored just a minute apart to make it a 3-2 game. Colin Blackwell added another less than two minutes later to make it a 4-2 game at the intermission.
Trailing by two to start the third, it was the Marlies turn to strike back with three straight goals.
Jean Dupuy scored just 39 seconds into the final frame, taking a great pass from Kyle Baun and going top shelf from a tough angle.
Four minutes after that, Jesper Lindgren found Mueller on the doorstep and he was able to redirect it into the net for his second goal of the night. The assist was Lindgren’s first career AHL point while Bracco had the secondary assist, his third helper of the game.
Another four minutes later, Frederik Gauthier scored on a quick shot from the high slot to complete the comeback and give the Marlies the lead. Baun had the sole assist as he made a nice no-look pass to set up the goal, his second helper of the game.
Rochester was able to force overtime on a late goal by Fasching, his second of the night, with the Amerks net empty and just over a minute left on the clock.
Both teams traded chances in the extra frame but Gill was able to score the winner as Rochester won 6-5.
It marked the Marlies second consecutive loss beyond regulation, and moves their record to 51-18-2-2.
Rochester improves to 35-21-11-6 with the win.
The Marlies will return to action next Friday in Laval.
Toronto: M. Marchment (11) (J. Bracco, C. Mueller), C. Mueller (16) (J. Bracco, M. Marchment), J. Dupuy (3) (K. Baun), C. Mueller (17) (J. Lindgren, J. Bracco), F. Gauthier (7) (K. Baun)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (39/45)
Rochester: S. Gill (19) (C. Blackwell), H. Fasching (10) (Unassisted), J. Bailey (7) (S. Griffith, S. Malone), C. Blackwell (16) (Unassisted), H. Fasching (11) (D. O’Regan, C. Blackwell), S. Gill (18) (S. Percy, S. Griffith)
Goaltender: J. Johansson (30/35)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Mason Marchment scored at 1:14 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Mueller’s first period goal. Marchment has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Chris Mueller scored at 4:04 of the first period and at 4:17 of the third period. He also added the secondary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Mueller has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games.
- Jean Dupuy scored 39 seconds into the third period. Dupuy has three goals in 17 games with the Marlies this season.
- Frederik Gauthier scored at 8:15 of the third period. Gauthier has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) this season.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s first period goal and the lone assist on Mueller’s first period goal. Bracco has 11 points in nine games. With his two assists, Bracco has 30 points (5 goals, 25 assists) this season.
- Kyle Baun had the lone assist on Dupuy’s and Gauthier’s third period goals. Baun has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 15 games with the Marlies.
- Jesper Lindgren recorded the primary assist on Mueller’s third period goal. This was his first American Hockey League-career point.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 39 of 45 shots. Pickard is now 20-9-1-1 on the season with a .920 Save Percentage and a 2.25 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 0-for-1 on the power play. Rochester did not have a power play opportunity.
- Rochester had a 45-35 edge in shots in all situations.
- Chris Mueller and Scott Pooley led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 36-12-2-1 against North Division opponents this season and 4-3-1-0 against the Rochester Americans. The Americans have outscored the Marlies 25-24 in the series.
Goals: B. Smith (27)
Assists: C. Mueller (32)
Points: B. Smith (57)
PPG: C. Mueller (7)
Shots: C. Rosen (158)
+/-: M. Marincin (+35)
PIMS: A. Nielsen (137)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
The number one thing for us was just to get through this game here, no injuries and a chance to avoid a three-in-three for a lot of our guys given what we clinched yesterday. We wanted to make sure we could avoid the three-in-three for our guys and we thought it was unnecessary at this stage of the game here with what we here around the corner. At the same time, it creates lot of opportunities for some other guys who have been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes. A chance to give them opportunities as well as for the guys who did play today, give them some chances to play in different situations and play a little bit more. The fact that we were able to get our guy some rest today. We got through the game healthy and provide some opportunity for different guys, I’m happy with the way the game went. I’m happy with the fact that we remained competitive throughout. It would have been easy for our team to just shut it down after two periods but guys came out and got the lead. Obviously, we’d like to close that out but I’m just happy that our guys just gave the effort they did.
April 13 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
April 14 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
April 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies will play for a third consecutive day when they visit the Rochester Americans on Saturday night.
It’s the eighth and final meeting of the season between the two sides with the Marlies leading the regular season series with four wins so far.
The Marlies (51-18-1-2) are coming off of a shootout loss in Utica last night where they secured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for best regular season points percentage.
Rochester (34-21-11-6) lost 5-1 to the Belleville Senators last night.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM and fans can tune in on AHL Live and Marlies Radio.
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