Greg Scott collects a natural hat trick
May 8: Marlies 3 at Abbotsford 1
Forward lines:: Scott-Zigomanis-Hamilton, Kadri-D’Amigo-Frattin, Mueller-Dupuis-Deschamps, Orr-Acton-Broll
Defence pairings: Lashoff-Gardiner, Fraser-Holzer, Mikus-Gysbers
Goaltenders: Scrivens (Win 60:00 minutes played, 35 saves, 1 GA), Rynnas (0:00)
It took a few games for Greg Scott to break out of his playoff slump, but the timing was just right for the Toronto Marlies.
Scott scored a third period natural hat trick to lead Toronto to a 3-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday night, bringing the Marlies to within a game of the Western Conference Final.
With a 3-1 series lead, the Marlies can advance to the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs with a victory tonight.
Scott – a native of Victoria BC – was Toronto’s shots leader in the regular season (221), and second leading goal scorer (21), but had yet to find the net in his team’s first six playoff games. The Marlies were outplayed over the first two periods of the game, outshot by the Heat 23-10 and trailing 1-0 on a goal by the Heat’s Hugh Jessiman.
The final frame saw the Marlies tie the score early with Scott’s seeing eye shot getting past Abbotsford goalie Danny Taylor at 2:31. Less than five minutes later, Scott put Toronto ahead with a dandy shorthanded breakaway tally with teammate Philippe Dupuis in the box.
The Abbotsford power-play continues to be stifled by Dallas Eakins’ squad, now having gone 0-for-21 in the series with a minus-1 goal differential.
For the insurance marker, Scott scored into an empty net to complete the hat trick, having scored three different ways.
While Scott is rightfully recognized in this morning’s headlines – many of which read “(insert expression frequently used with his last name, here)” – Toronto netminder Ben Scrivens was deserving of his honours in being named the game’s first star. Scrivens was solid, especially over the first forty minutes when the Marlies were clearly the second-best team on the ice.
Eakins made some lineup changes prior to Game 4. Joe Colborne was scratched with an injured finger, giving the opportunity for David Broll to suit up for his first game of the playoffs. Colton Orr also saw his first Calder Cup action of the season replacing fellow enforcer Jay Rosehill. On the blueline, Matt Lashoff – who had been out since October with an ACL injury – took the place of Jesse Blacker.
Game 5 – a possible series-clincher – will be broadcast Wednesday night on Leafs TV beginning at 10pm ET.