(pictured – Jake Gardiner sat out third period for precautions)
Dec. 8: Marlies 4 vs. Rochester 3
Forward lines:: Hamlton-Aucoin-Abbott, Ross-Kadri-Frattin, Deschamps-Colborne-Ashton, D’Amigo-Acton-Scott
Defence pairings: Fraser-Holzer, Kostka-Gardiner, Ranger-Gysbers
Goaltenders: Scrivens (Win, 60:00 minutes played, 23 SV, 3 GA), Owuya (0:00)
The Marlies game recap from Saturday should read familiar.
Jake Gardiner had a pair of goals, while Ryan Hamilton and Nazem Kadri also contributed. Toronto looked like they had the game sewn up after 40 minutes, then sat back in the third period. The opponents fought their way back to make it a one-goal game, only to fall short to give the Marlies a close victory.
That was the scene yesterday as Toronto escaped Ricoh Coliseum with a 4-3 win versus Rochester.
The script was almost identical to the team’s 5-4 victory over Lake Erie in the team’s previous game, Sunday, December 8.
Of note, Gardiner was pulled from the game after the second period. The team’s leading goal-scorer (9), Gardiner was on the receiving end of a charge from Rochester’s Kevin Porter, and actually scored on the ensuing power-play. “He wasn’t in a concussion state, just not feeling quite right,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “With all of our players, we err on the side of caution. We’ll re-evaluate him later tonight and tomorrow.”
The win was the fourth straight for the Marlies. Ben Scrivens made 32 saves in goal.
Toronto hosts Abbotsford today at 3pm. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears for charity as the team will engage in it’s annual teddy bear toss.