The Toronto Marlies now lead the Manitoba Moose 1-0 in the first round of the AHL Playoffs after beating them 3-2 in overtime in Manitoba Wednesday night.
At least one Toronto team knows how to get it done. The Marlies have beaten the Moose, the AHL’s leading point producers, seven games in row now, including six straight in the regular season, and the one that really counts, the first game of the playoffs.
Both goalies, Justin Pogge and Cory Schneider, allowed two goals each in the second period, which were the only goals scored in regulation.
For the Marlies, the goals came from unlikely candidates, Kyle Rogers who only scored four goals in 71 games in the regular season, and Alex Foster who potted 12 in 80, more or less role players for the Toronto team.
Manitoba’s goals were scored by Guillaume Desbiens, and Raymond Sawada. Justin Pogge stopped 37 of 39 shots while the Marlies were outshot 39-28 in the win.
The most important goal of the game came at 5:28 in overtime, and was scored by a leader for the Marlies team, and a guy who has been doing it all year, Bates Battaglia.
The next game is Friday night in Manitoba; the Marlies will then return to the Ricoh Coliseum for game three of the seven-game series Sunday, hopefully with a 2-0 strangle hold on the Moose. Go Marlies GO!