The Toronto Marlies had another one of their three-games-in-three-nights stretches over the weekend, dropping two of the three games.
On Friday, the Marlies made the drive to the other side of Lake Ontario to do battle with their North Division rival, the Rochester Americans. The Americans were coming off a 4-3 win over the Marlies on April 5.
Americans captain Kevin Porter opened the scoring for the Buffalo Sabres affiliate late in the first period, but Josh Leivo of the Marlies countered just 27 seconds later. It was the 21st goal of the season for the 20-year-old right-winger as he added to his Marlies’ rookie record.
However, the Marlies fell into some penalty trouble in the third period with Peter Holland being handed two minor penalties and Kevin Marshall getting another. The Amerks made them pay with Luke Adam and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc both scoring on the power play in the frame.
Americans goaltender Andrey Makarov was solid in net, stopping 27 shots, and the Marlies fell by a score of 3-1.
The Marlies’ luck wouldn’t change, unfortunately, as they made the short drive down I-90 to visit the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch came out firing in the first period with goals by Woodbridge, Ontario’s Mike Angelidis, former Marlie Philippe Paradis and Yanni Gourde. Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks was pulled after only 12-and-a-half minutes of play and replaced by Christopher Gibson, who manned the crease for the remainder of the game.
Sam Carrick, T.J. Brennan and Greg McKegg all potted goals for the Marlies, but it wasn’t nearly enough as they lost 6-3. Crunch goaltender Cedrick Desjardins had 33 saves and winger Brett Connolly had a goal and three assists in the win.
The Marlies wrapped up the weekend by continuing their road trip south into northeastern Pennsyvania to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Marlies shooters faced veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who was making just his second start of the season in a rehab stint from a blood clot he suffered back in September.
Adam Payerl and Tom Kostopoulos opened the scoring for WBS as they took a 2-0 lead into the third period. It was then that the Marlies finally figured out Vokoun, pumping three goals past him en route to a 3-2 victory. McKegg, Brennan and Jerry D’Amigo had the goals for the Baby Leafs as they salvaged one win from their weekend. 18-year-old Carter Verhaeghe had an assist in his Marlies debut.
The Marlies continue their road trip as they head back to upstate New York to face the Binghamton Senators tonight. They wrap up the trip with a short jaunt to Utica to take on the Comets on Friday night before finishing up the regular season at home against the Americans on Saturday afternoon.