Michael Carcone scored at 1:13 of overtime to give the Toronto Marlies 4-3 win over the Cleveland Monsters and a two games to none series lead in the North Division Final. The game marked the North American professional debut of Egor Korshkov, who was signed on Wednesday to a two-year entry-level contract by the Leafs and a professional tryout with the Marlies.

The Good

  • After missing on a glorious scoring chance in the first period in which he deked out a Cleveland defender before missing the net on the backhand, Korshkov scored in the second frame, beating Monsters goalie Brad Theissen through the five-hole. Korshkov’s first career AHL goal made the score 3-2 for the Marlies at the time.
  • After the game, Korshkov said to the reporters via an interpreter: “It’s very important for us to win the game. And of course for me personally, it was such a great feeling for me to score in front of my Dad here tonight.”
  • Fresh off a Wednesday night outing in which the Marlies scored four power play goals, Toronto broke the ice on the man advantage when Chris Mueller opened the scoring in the first period.
  • In a game where the Marlies received goals from unlikely scorers, Joseph Duszak, playing on the blue line in place of the injured Calle Rosen, found the net with a point shot through traffic.
  • Jeremy Bracco collected two assists to raise his series total to six helpers in just two games.
  • Timothy Liljegren continued to show why he’s a possible candidate to be called to the Leafs next season.

The Bad

  • The Marlies generated just three shots on goal in the first period despite scoring twice, and nearly escaped the opening frame unscathed. But with just over two minutes remaining, Toronto lost a puck battle in their zone and Cleveland’s Sonny Milano took advantage to get his team on the scoreboard.
  • Korshkov was whistled for a questionable roughing penalty in the third period after shoving Trey Fix-Wolansky into the boards on a seemingly legal check. Two minutes for being too tall??

The Ugly

  • Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo whiffed on two goals that he would like to have back. Although he was rightfully praised by coach Sheldon Keefe for making key saves in regulation to preserve the Marlies’ chance of a win, Kaskisuo surrendered a stoppable shot by Dan DeSalvo in the second period, then gave up the tying goal early in the third frame when he coughed up a huge rebound.

Rob Del Mundo is the author of Off The Post, and is a regular columnist at TMLfans.ca.

In 2019, Rob co-wrote with Evan Gubernick “Hockey Addict’s Guide: Toronto”, now available at Chapters and Indigo stores everywhere.