The Toronto Marlies continued their road trip with three more games this week, taking on Midwest Division opponents the Iowa Wild, Chicago Wolves and Rockford IceHogs. The second slide contains the week’s three stars.
The first game came against Iowa on Wednesday night, the first meeting between the teams this season. The Wild, who (surely by coincidence) are Minnesota’s AHL affiliate, have a record of 17-16-3-2, which has them at the bottom of the Midwest Division standings.
The Wild would take a quick 2-0 lead in the first period with goals coming from Jake Dowell and Steven Kampfer. Andrew MacWilliam exchanged shoves with Wild players after the second tally was recorded, perhaps breathing some life into the losing Marlies.
Spencer Abbott split Iowa’s lead in half with a Phil Kessel-esque powerplay snipe from the left wing boards. Abbott scored another goal in the third period to tie things up, this one also coming on the powerplay.
Carson McMillin put the Wild back on top just a minute later. The Wild looked to tighten up and close out the Marlies in the last four minutes of the game, but a holding penalty to Kyle Medvec gave the Marlies one last opportunity to level the score.
The Wild were once again unable to stop the sixth-ranked Marlies power play from setting up and Josh Leivo wristed home a T.J. Brennan pass to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Brennan, who assisted on all three of Toronto’s goals, would slap a beautiful shot through traffic off the crossbar and in, ending the game.
Two nights later, the Marlies hopped over to Illinois where they faced off against St. Louis’ affiliate club, the Chicago Wolves (21-14-2-2).
Goaltenders Garret Sparks and Jake Allen both put forth good showings in the first period, the teams going scoreless for much of the period until David Broll tipped in a Sam Carrick pass with 19 seconds left in the frame.
Around the mid-point of the second period, Abbott would score his third goal with the man advantage in two games, finally finding the net after being robbed twice during the powerplay by Allen.
Before the period came to a close, Cade Fairchild replied for Chicago, scoring a power play one-timer to get Chicago back in the game. As the third period got underway the Wolves would tie the game up, this time Sergey Andronov being the goal scorer. Andronov was injured on the play, the puck going in off his wrist.
The final game of the last week was the Marlies’ Monday match against the Rockford IceHogs (18-18-4-2). The Marlies shook up the top line for the game, with Sam Carrick centring David Broll and Spencer Abbott.
Rockford opened the scoring with the first period’s lone goal, Alex Broadhurst netting the even-strength marker. The Marlies played in the spirit of their parent club for much of the first period, being outshot 20-9.
Sam Carrick and Joakim Nordstrom dropped the gloves a few seconds into the second period, perhaps breathing some life into the trailing Marlies. Greg McKegg scored on a power play, and his goal was followed up by another from Spencer Abbott, who continued his hot streak. The 25 year-old has goals in three straight games, and a point streak of six games long with 11 points in that span.
Abbott earned his third point of the night with an assist on Brennan’s power play goal, putting the Marlies up 3-1. The IceHogs would rally, Nordstrom scored to halve the lead but Drew MacIntyre stood tall in Toronto’s crease and held on for the 3-2 win.