It has been a busy week for the Toronto Marlies. Once tonight’s game with the Texas Stars has been completed, they will have played five games in seven nights.
The week started off with a 3-2 loss in game three at home to give the Stars a 2-1 series lead. Game four saw the Marlies win 4-1 to tie the series. Spencer Abbott led the way in game four, breaking a ten-game-long scoring drought with a natural hat trick.
Petter Granberg opened scoring 0:44 seconds into game five to make it 1-0 Marlies. Texas took control after the goal, they would outshoot the Marlies 17-5 in the period but were kept off the scoreboard by Drew MacIntyre. Toronto mustered just 6 shots in the next period despite four powerplay opportunities, Scott Glennie would tie the game shortly after the 30-minute mark. Taylor Peters scored the eventual winner for Texas in the third period, taking a 3-2 series lead.
The teams returned to Texas for game six, Carter Ashton took away the Stars’ home-ice advantage quickly when he knocked in a rebound in the first period. Trevor Smith doubled his team’s lead in the second period when his one-timer slipped through Christopher Nilsorp’s pads. Ashton added his second goal of the game in the final minute of the period, Spencer Abbott setting him up for an open net one-timer.
“If I have my stick on the ice they make it pretty easy,” Ashton said about playing alongside Abbott and Peter Holland.
Curtis McKenzie scored Texas’ only goal in the game’s dying minutes, ending MacIntyre’s shutout bid.
The Marlies’ win tied the series at 3-3, forcing a game seven. The game will be played tonight in Texas. LeafsTV begins its broadcast at 8:30 p.m.