In short, you need to find a way to beat a hot goalie. Even shorter, your own goalie needs to be a bit better.
Last night in Hershey, your Toronto Marlies threw absolutely everything they had at Justin Peters but it wasn’t enough as they lost 3-2 in overtime before an announced crowd of 8879.
The Marlies put 40 shots on Peters but the Bears goaltender was up for every challenge directed his way including a magnificent glove save off of William Nylander.
At the other end of the ice, Garret Sparks was getting a rare start in between the pipes after a strong run by Antoine Bibeau. Sparks, did not see a lot of rubber on the evening (only 7 shots thru 2 periods) and let in a very suspect goal that opened the scoring for Hershey during this game. Over committing and relying on pure athleticism happens at time with Sparks, and on the first goal for the Bears he appeared to get stuck as he went to push and follow the shooter. A goal cannot be let in from that angle IMO.
Connor Brown scored the first goal of the game from Leivo and C.Carrick and the Marlies indeed carried the play in the first period, outshooting Hershey 15-2 in those 20 minutes.
Marc Arcobello scored to tie the game at 2-2 on a strange goal that he appeared to kick in, but the AHL rules only review whether the puck crosses the goal line, not HOW it crosses the goal line. Who cares? Tie freakin’ game.
Into overtime the two teams would go, and just more than 9 minutes into the sudden death, Hershey scored to win it and take a two games to none lead in the series. The Marlies were caught in a spin cycle in their own end, and lost defensive assignments that led to the game winner.
As the Series shifts back to the Ricoh Coliseum for next three games, it is tough to fault the effort of the team, it is time to get some timely saves from whomever starts Game 3. In my opinion, it should be Antoine Bibeau.
Keep the hope alive, Marlies fans……see you Wednesday at 7:30 pm (TSN2)
Update: Team Canada (and Morgan Rielly) Win Gold at the 2016 World Hockey Championships !!
Kudos to Rielly, and Komarov who both played excellent at the World’s and to tournament MVP Patrik Laine. The consensus #2 pick at this years 2016 NHL Entry Draft never looked out of place the entire time in Russia. Nor did some kid name, Auston Matthews.