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RECAP | Rocket – Marlies: Mueller Hat Trick Shuts Out Laval, Brook Debuts

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Photo by Christian Bonin | Toronto Marlies

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

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 70 | Saturday, March 30, 2019 
Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ROCKET
Laval

0-3

MARLIES
Toronto

Photo by Christian Bonin | Toronto Marlies

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Jevpalovs – Evans – Belzile
Kile – Audette – Grenier
Shinkaruk – Pezzetta – Alain
Roy – Verbeek – Adams-Moisan

Alzner – Fleury
Ouellet – Brook
Sklenicka – Lernout

Goaltenders:
McNiven
LaCouvee

Scratches:

Ryan Culkin, T.J. Melancon, Joe Cox, Antoine Waked, Lukas Vejdemo, Thomas Ebbing, David Sklenicka

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder)

Game Report

Where to even begin? Well the Laval Rocket, after performing exceptionally poorly in their last two games, arrived in Toronto in the wee hours of the night to take on the Marlies on Saturday evening.

There was a bit of buzz as Josh Brook was slated to make his pro debut, on the second pairing with captain Xavier Ouellet. Connor LaCouvee was the Rocket’s starter in the crease.

A period-by-period breakdown of this game isn’t warranted, to be honest. Laval had energy for maybe the first five minutes, and after that Toronto fully took over the ice, the puck, the play, and the scoreboard.

No scoring happened in the first period, although Chris Mueller deflected the puck in past LaCouvee but the goal was immediately waved off due to being hit with a high stick. But Mueller just had to be patient, as he would go on to score a hat trick and the only three goals scored by either team in the game. One was on a power play in the second period, followed by an even strength goal, and then an empty-netter in the third.

For their part, Laval looked tired, disinterested, sloppy, and couldn’t find a way to create any space for themselves to shoot the puck. They managed to only get 19 shots on goal, about half of which came in the final 20 minutes.

The Rocket are now firmly out of playoff contention, but they’ll need to dig deep and find some pride to play for to make the remaining two weeks of the season bearable. Remember, there are contracts to play for next year.

But their opponents this week won’t make it easy as Cleveland comes to Laval for two games in which they’ll try to catch up with Belleville for a playoff position, only trailing the Senators by two points. Following that, the surging Hershey Bears visit Place Bell on Saturday trying to solidify their third place position in the Atlantic Division.

Plus/Minus

▲    Josh Brook, Hunter Shinkaruk, Brett Lernout

▼    Jake Evans, Xavier Ouellet, Alexandre Grenier, Marco Roy

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET MARLIES
19 Shots 37
0 for 0 Power Play 1 for 4
13 Penalty Minutes 5
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (28-30-6-6) 0 0 0 0
 Marlies (37-22-7-4) 0 2 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: No scoring.
  • TOR: Mueller (30), Mueller (31), Mueller (32)
  • LAV: LaCouvee (L) 6-4-2-0
  • TOR: Kaskisuo (W) 10-9-4-3

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars
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  1. Chris Mueller  TOR 
  2. Jeremy Bracco  TOR
  3. Kasimir Kaskisuo  TOR

Watch

 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews
 

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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