Not dead just yet.
In a must win Game #4 the Toronto Marlies refused to roll over and die. Led by a much maligned (still unsure why) William Nylander, the Marlies defeated the Hershey Bears by a score of 5-0 at the Ricoh Coliseum. Nylander, had 3 goals on 4 shots during the game, earning himself the 1st Star of the contest.
Also taking a bit of heat from fans, Antoine Bibeau stepped up in a big way in Game 4 stopping all 18 shots he faced during the three periods of play. In a potentially series clinching game, and one that was an absolute must win game, it was interesting on who Head Coach Sheldon Keefe picked to play in this game. Bibeau was the 2nd Star of the evening.
While we all know he is a terrible hockey player (right twitter?) T.J. Brennan assisted on FOUR of the goals scored by the Marlies this evening. Four points, four shots, and four PIMs in game 4. Impressive effort by one of the true leaders on this team. When the Marlies needed it, he delivered. Brennan, was named the 3rd star of the game and deserves all of the accolades thrown his way.
Hershey is leading the series 3-1 with one more game at the Ricoh before heading back to Hershey for Game 6. Yes, I am confident that this isn’t over just yet.
The game was clearly dominated by the Marlies as they outshot the visitors 33-18, but that also happened in Game 2 and Marlies eventually lost that game in overtime. Quality goaltending is always required by a team, and the Marlies haven’t got it as often as they would like. Great to see Antoine Bibeau throwing up a shutout with limited work. I dont care if its only 18 shots….he stopped them all.
With time running out in the third period, an ugly incident occurred as Madison Bowey looked to elbow Kasperi Kapanen in the head. Kapanen would have to leave the game and be assessed by Team Doctors and Training staff, and did not return.
The incident itself should get Bowey a game suspension, more people seemed to be concerned with what Bowey appeared to mouth. Nobody but the officials on the spot, Kapanen, and Bowey himself will actually know what was said. Personally, I am more concerned with the physical act and not the words, but I understand that anything homophobic/racist is completely unacceptable.
— capybara at large (@gunnrcarlsson) May 28, 2016
So there ya have it Marlies (and Raptors fans), Game #4 in the books with Game #5 on tap for the Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday. See you there…..
photo credit to: Christian Bonin @ChrisTSGphoto