A sigh of relief must have come from Coach Sheldon Keefe and his Toronto Marlies after a win on the road in Manitoba Last night.
Jhonas Enroth got the start for the Marlies last night after, Garret Sparks failed to get the win the previous night versus the Moose. Not to put too much of the responsibilty on Sparks or Enroth but simply put, the goaltending has not been good enough lately for the Junior Leafs.
Opening the scoring for the Marlies was Dmytro Timashov with this 4th of the season with an assist to Colin Smith.
The Marlies fell behind 2-1, by the middle of the second period but Brendan Leipsic tied the game up on the powerplay for his 9th of the campaign with apples going to Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Nielsen.
Tobias Lindberg scored his 5th and Kerby Rychel his 7th gave the visiting team a 4-2 lead deep into the third period. Both of those goals were assisted by Nielsen who had 3 pts on the evening to take his total points to 24 in 32 games played this season. The rookie continues to be very effective in the offensive side of the rink, but will need work on his defensive positioning and foot speed in order to take the next step to the NHL. Patience with this kid, we have a hard shooting gem on our hands.
Marlies gave up a third goal shortly after taking the two goal lead but the team and Enroth shut the door the rest of the way by stopping 30 of 33 shots on the night.
This win brought the Marlies record to 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and is a huge boost to a fragile confidence level on the team right now.
Kasperi Kapanen and Brendan Leipsic are now tied for the points lead with 30 each in the 32 games the team has played. *neither player has been in all 32 games*
Kerby Rychel has 18 pts on the season but a glaring -13 on the plus/minus side of the ledger. A very slow start for the 22 year old, but at 6’1 210 pounds, he is the type of player the Leafs/Marlies desperately could use in an otherwise small forward group.
Marlies are back in action, Saturday at the Ricoh Coliseum versus the Rochester Americans.