Finally, the days of facing the Cleveland Monsters, and the Cleveland Monsters have come to an end. *checks schedule* You mean there are several more of these games left? Have I ever told you how the divisional schedule format, while useful, is the single most anno-
Sorry. Got carried away. The Marlies played their third consecutive game against their new North Division rival on Wednesday night, and it was just as tense as the rest, with the blue and white coming out with a victory that was a record setter for Head Coach Sheldon Keefe.
Dmytro Timashov – Chris Mueller – Jeremy Bracco
Pierre Engvall – Josh Jooris – Carl Grundstrom
Mason Marchment – Adam Brooks – Trevor Moore
Rich Clune – Colin Greening – Giorgio Estephan
Calle Rosen – Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman – Frank Corrado
Rasmus Sandin – Vincent LoVerde
Powerplay 1: Timashov – Mueller – Moore – Bracco – Liljegren
Powerplay 2: Engvall – Marchment – Estephan – Grundstrom – Sandin
Penalty Kill Forwards: Greening, Jooris, Moore, Brooks, Clune, Engvall
Penalty Kill Defencemen: Rosen, Corrado, Borgman, LoVerde
- As mentioned in the intro, Sheldon Keefe’s 158th regular season win breaks the Marlies franchise record. He reached the feat in just 247 games, giving him a win percentage of 0.640. Not points percentage (an even crazier 0.672) – wins percentage. Keefe also holds the playoff wins record.
- Toronto rebounded pretty significantly after a first period that was better for them on the scoresheet, but disappointing in process. The game was also their first victory when trailing after two periods this year.
- Every so often, we get a reality check that, while some of the prospects on this team are destined for great things, there is still a process at hand. Wednesday gave us a strong one on around twelve minutes into the third period, when Timothy Liljegren coughed up the puck in a way that was almost costly on one shift, and Rasmus Sandin suffered the same fate leading to a shorthanded goal on the next shift. At the same though, Sandin did continue his run of point production with a powerplay goal in the first period, giving him six points in his first 10 games.
- It was also a rare non-dominant night for the Kid Line. Which is to say, Trevor Moore still got two points and Adam Brooks still got a goal, but the puck wasn’t glued to their sticks and the shot differentials weren’t so gaudy. They were particularly out of sync in the first, and Brooks struggled heavily on the draw.
- The most recent rendition of the fourth line featured Colin Greening, Rich Clune, and Giorgio Estephan. I’m wondering if Clune’s injury and lack of games to start the season has impacted his play, or if maybe the decline is starting to come for him, because he has unfortunately not started out this season well at all – though has been useful on the penalty kill. Estephan picked up a primary assist, but it came on the powerplay, not with the vets.
- I’m keeping more and more of an eye on Keefe’s faceoff-get-off (FOGO) decisions, and there were still a few of them in this game. I will give him credit in the sense that he’s letting Sandin play defensive zone shifts more than he was to start (Andreas Borgman only took his place once that I noticed, in the first period), but he still swapped Chris Mueller in a few times. My favourite one of those came in the third period – Mueller centred the kid line for a draw, lost the draw, went off for Brooks, and Brooks went down the ice and scored. Some things are just meant to be.
- Eamon McAdam started in goal again, and stopped 28 of 32 to get the win. It’s not a great result, but it got the job done, which has kind of been McAdam’s MO; despite being just an 0.893 through eight games, the Marlies have earned points in all of his starts (4-0-3).
- The Marlies march on to a six-game homestand, starting with back-to-back games this weekend. They’ll take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tomorrow at 4PM, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Sunday at the same time.
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