Marlies Undefeated in AHL

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Updated: October 21, 2019
Toronto Marlies

The Toronto Marlies kept their win-streak alive winning 6-5 in a shootout against the Cleveland Monsters.

The Marlies gave up the first goal and trailed for over 22 minutes throughout the game. The Cleveland Monsters outplayed the Marlies in special tam battles but the Toronto team dug deep for the win in a shootout.

Sheldon Keefe, coach of the Marlies summed it up nicely. “It was a good sign of some resilience,” said Sheldon Keefe. “We have been winning all sorts of different ways and this is a unique one here today. But I liked how our guys just kind of stayed with it. The way our season has gone, it could’ve been easier to say, ‘It’s not really our day.’ Some of the bounces were catching up to us, but I liked how we fought right until the end.”

The Monsters ran up a 2-0 lead over the Marlies in the first period before the Marlies capitalized on the power play. Toronto tied the game up late in the first period when Pontus Aberg scored to make it 2-2 after one period.

Cleveland took the lead early in the second period when Sam Vigneault scored his second of the season at 3:02. Tanner MacMaster evened the score for the Marlies at 4:37 but the Monsters would see them take the league at 6:17 when Kole Sherwood scored his third of the season. The Marlies battled back again to make it 4-4 at the end of two period when Kenny Agostino scored.

The teams traded goals in the third period and went through overtime without scoring, leading to the shootout.

In the shootout the Monsters scored first putting pressure on the Marlies Kenny Agostino to even the score. The Marlies goalie held the Cleveland squad scoreless through the rest of the shootout, giving the Marlies Egor Korshkov the opportunity to win the game on the final shot of the shootout.

The Marlies record sits at 6-0-0 in the early AHL season.

Photo Courtesy Toronto Marlies.

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