Speed kills

Marlies stay undefeated in Laval

By: Julien Quincou

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Toronto Marlies stayed perfect in the beautiful Place Bell in Laval in front of 9 517 fans.

Sheldon Keefe's team defeated the Laval Rocket by a 5-2 score, with 5 different goal scorers. Maybe not a perfect game from Toronto, but they found a way to win and keep their immaculate record in Laval and take full control of the series with their 4th win in 5 games against the Rocket.

The game started slow, where both teams struggled to get anything going offensively., until Andreas Johnsson scored his 3rd goals in 5 games, tapping in a beautiful pass from Chris Mueller. This goal shook both teams up and the pace of the game increased quickly!

Toronto started the second exactly where they left off with a quick goal by Kerby Reichel, an absolute bomb from the high slot. Laval cut the lead to 1 when Daniel Audette found the back of the net for the first time in 10 plus games. Audette's 7th got the crowd fired up and Laval seemed to get back in the game, only to see Adam Brooks restore a 2 goal lead for the Marlies.

The third period flew by without any goal but with a lot of action until Adam Cracknell converted a Laval power-play with 5 minutes left to play. Hope was short lived in the building when, Rinat Valiev quieted the building with his 1st of the season, a couple of minutes later. To add insult to injury, Chris Mueller scored with the man advantage with less than a minute left to play in the game.

The Marlies' speed and zone exits where too much for Laval to handle. It seemed like the Rocket never really had a chance in this one, but the game was still pretty close. Garrett Sparks collected his 13th win this season, stopping 22 shots. despite the win, he looked shaky on many occasions. He struggled heavily with his rebound control.

The Marlies will try to extend their 2 game wining streak to 3 on January 5th, when they'll face-off against The Lehigh Valley Phantoms.