The Toronto Marlies got a needed break following last weekend’s three game/three night stint, taking four days off before a pair of rivalry games with the Rochester Americans and Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Marlies won just a single game against the Amerks in their four previous meetings, outscored 12-6 in that stretch. Playing away from home, it would be a tough task for the Marlies to take home the win. Drew MacIntyre’s call up to the Leafs meant that Christopher Gibson would get the start for Toronto.
Neither team scored again through regulation though the Marlies carried much of the play after one period- outshooting Rochester 24-12 in the final 40.
Luke Adam’s holding penalty gave the Marlies a powerplay opportunity. They had failed to capitalize in five opportunities up to that point. Marlies top scorers T.J. Brennan and Spencer Abbott combined for the winner, Abbott sniping the rebound into the net off Brennan’s blocked slapshot.
Back home for their next game, the Marlies played their last regular season game with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Christopher Gibson earned himself a second consecutive start.
The teams traded goals in the first period, Justin Courtnall opened scoring before Greg McKegg tied things shortly after. It wouldn’t be until the third period before anything else hit the back of the net when Sam Carrick’s seventh goal of the season went in. Greg McKegg’s second goal of the game double the lead moments later. Jerry D’Amigo scored an empty net goal to finish the game 4-1 Marlies.
Three Stars of the Week
Third Star: Greg McKegg
McKegg was held pointless against Rochester but his two goal performance against Hamilton earns him a spot on the three stars. McKegg now has 40 points in 50 games.
Second Star: Spencer Abbott
Abbott had two goals in Rochester and two assists against Hamilton, extending his point streak to six games. He has four goals and six assists in that span.
First Star: Christopher Gibson
Gibson has been stuck out of the Marlies lineup for most of the season, third in line for the crease behind Drew MacIntyre and Garret Sparks. He has been stellar in his limited time though, never allowing more than two goals in a game and only once posting a save percentage below .944. He turned aside all but two of the 58 shots he faced this weekend.