After a Friday night loss on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins the Amerks completed the unexpected, two straight wins over the division leading Toronto Marlies. They were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead on Saturday evening in Toronto and then battle back from a 2-0 deficit on Sunday night to eventually win in the shootout.
The Marlies went up 2-0 but never had complete control of the game where anyone should have thought that it was over. Philippe Dupuis was given credit for the first Marlies goal even though credit should go to Alex Biega and Luke Adam. Adam had tried to put the puck into the pads of Leggio for it to be covered up and when that didn’t work out Biega tried to clear it but it went into the net. The second goal for the Marlies was scored by Nazem Kadri on a fast break down the ice after Paul Szczechura had been hit in the face with a high stick. Neither of the ref’s saw the high stick and the Marlies scored on the break down the ice that followed.
TJ Brennan blasted home a shot with six seconds left in the second period to make it a one goal game. At 7:38 of the third period Travis Turnbull centered a perfect pass from behind the net to Mark Voakes who easily buried it to tie the game.
Both teams got an extended timeout with just under three minutes to play when Korbinian Holzer smacked the glass with his stick behind the Marlies bench and the glass shattered. Even though it was outside of the playing area the glass still needed to be replaced which took some time. The delay was likely in favor of the Amerks in that it slowed down any momentum the fast skating Marlies were trying to create.
Luke Adam had a great chance in overtime but missed a wide open net and after the game he sent out this tweet:
At least the kid has a sense of humor and is aware of what’s happening!
It was a close game from start to finish with both teams playing some hard hitting hockey and putting everything they had out on to the ice.
The game went into the shootout and here’s how it went:
More on Monday evening!