Marlies blanked by Lake Erie
Oct. 14: Marlies 0 vs. Lake Erie 4
Forward lines:: Kadri-Aucoin-Ashton, McKegg-Zigomanis-Hamilton, Komarov-Colborne-Deschamps, D’Amigo-Acton-Scott
Defence pairings: Holzer-Fraser, Gardiner-Kostka, Yeo-Gysbers
Goaltenders: Scrivens (Loss, 58:54 minutes played, 14 SV, 3 GA), Owuya (0:00), (empty net, 1 GA)
The Toronto Marlies couldn’t carry off the momentum of Saturday’s opening day win, falling 4-0 to the Lake Erie Monsters, 24 hours later. Toronto’s undoing was their power-play, which failed to capitalize on a dozen chances.
“I thought we could have scored a few goals, especially on the first 5-on-3,” said coach Dallas Eakins after the game. “Then what you see with players is that they don’t want to stay in the structure, and they try to freelance. And that’s what you saw on the last three or four (power-plays).”
The defence pair of Jake Gardiner and Mike Kostka were anchors on the primary power-play unit, but spent much of their opportunities overhandling the puck.
Meanwhile Lake Erie goalie Calvin Pickard was outstanding, making 40 saves in the shutout.
Toronto appeared to finally break through in the second period with a goal, but as a result of video replay, Nicholas Deschamps’ shot was ruled not to have entered the net. It was the second consecutive game that the Marlies had a disallowed goal after Mike Zigomanis had an apparent tally called back on opening night.
With the game out of reach Carter Ashton had a scuffle with one-time Marlies camp invitee Mitchell Heard in the last minute of the game.
The game’s highlight reel goal was scored by Tyson Barrie, who beat Leo Komarov to the outside before finding a space on goalie Ben Scrivens’ short side to deposit the puck. “It was a junior league mistake by me,” said Komarov.
The Marlies are off until Friday when they travel to Copps Coliseum to face the Hamilton Bulldogs.