Toronto Marlies vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-Game Interviews, Social Media

FINAL (OT) | 2018-19 Season, Game 59 | Wednesday, March 6, 2019 
Place Bell, Laval, QC

ROCKET
Laval

3-4

MARLIES
Toronto

Photo by Laval Rocket

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Belzile – Evans – Cox
Audette – Vejdemo – Alain
Kile – Verbeek – Grenier
Roy – Pezzetta – Waked

Alzner – Lernout
Sklenicka – Lamarche
Ouellet – Fleury

Goaltenders:
Lindgren
McNiven

Scratches:

Nikita Jevpalovs, Ryan Culkin, Phelix Martineau, Morgan Adams-Moisan

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder), Hunter Shinkaruk (upper body injury)

Game Report

Still sitting quite a distance out of a playoff position, the Laval Rocket returned home on Wednesday night to face their division rivals, the Toronto Marlies, and try to acquire two more points desperately needed to inch their way up the standings ladder.

In the opening period, Laval took control with a dominating 13-5 performance on the shot clock and a quick goal by Daniel Audette just over a minute into the game. Lukas Vejdemo scooped up a loose puck in the corner and passed it back to Audette who was waiting in the circle to blast it past Michael Hutchinson.

Toronto evened the score in the second period when Timothy Liljegren sent a one-timer through heavy slot traffic past Charlie Lindgren. But not long after that, Laval’s David Sklenicka wristed the puck softly toward Hutchinson, who allowed the rebound to deflect back off his skate and into the net.

The Marlies didn’t stay quiet for long, though. Jeremy Bracco took advantage of an opportune moment after Lindgren had stopped a point blank shot, but Jake Evans got tangled up with a Toronto player and both he and Lindgren were just out of reach of the puck when Bracco fired it home. Shortly after, with the Laval defense turning the puck over just inches from the crease, Dimitri Timashov was able to quickly pull the trigger to give his team a 3-2 lead.

Audette wasn’t finished leaving his mark on the night, however, as he put a perfectly-placed wrister in the back of the Marlies net to bring the score to 3-3 and eventually force overtime. It only took 39 seconds for Toronto to net the game winner with a quick centering pass by Bracco to the slot where Rasmus Sandin found the back of the net.

The Rocket may have earned a point, but they allowed Toronto to take two points in this game. They’ll have a chance at redemption on Friday night, when they face the Marlies yet again at Place Bell.

Plus/Minus

▲    Daniel Audette, David Sklenicka, Charlie Lindgren

▼    Xavier Ouellet, Brett Lernout, Joe Cox

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET MARLIES
27 Shots 21
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
21 Penalty Minutes 21
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (24-25-6-4) 1 1 1 0 3
 Marlies (31-19-6-3) 0 3 0 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Audette (11), Sklenicka (3), Audette (12)
  • TOR: Liljegren (3), Bracco (16), Timashov (9), Sandin (6)
  • LAV: Lindgren (L) 10-14-6-0
  • TOR: Hutchinson (W) 11-6-5-1

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars
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  1. Timothy Liljegren  TOR
  2. Michael Hutchinson  TOR
  3. Daniel Audette  LAV

Watch

 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews
Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard:

Post-game interview with Daniel Audette:

Post-game interview with Lukas Vejdemo:

Post-game interview with Jake Evans:

 

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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