TORONTO – In part two of our special two-part series, we’re taking you down memory lane to recount all of the Marlies playoff overtime goals.
In this second edition, the Marlies showed their dominance in overtime in the past three years.
Without further ado, let’s rewind the tapes to 2017, where a see-saw game turns into the first overtime of the 2017 playoffs.
April 26th, 2017: Round 1, Game 3 – Colin Greening
The first two games of the first-round series between the Albany Devils and the Toronto Marlies solved nothing, with both teams taking a game each. In an exciting turn of events, the Marlies chose to shine their ECHL starter Kasimir Kaskisuo, who only played six games with the Marlies in 2016-17, providing a .934 save percentage.
Both squads traded chances and see-sawed their way to a 2-2 contest through regulation.
With overtime barely underway, Justin Holl made an outlet pass to Colin Greening. The Newfoundland native took off like the Exhibition GO Train as he zoomed through the offensive zone. His wrister fooled MacKenzie Blackwood just 45 seconds into overtime, giving the Marlies a 2-1 series lead.
April 28th, 2017: Round 1, Game 4 – Justin Holl
After taking an overtime finish just two days prior, the Marlies found themselves back working more overtime against the Devils.
Like game 3, both teams traded chances, but Blackwood and Kaskisuo kept things to one goal each through 60. Blackwood stopped north of 40 shots through the first 60 minutes.
Just past the 7:30 mark of the third overtime, a long-range knuckler from Holl topped things off for the Marlies, completing the series 3-1.
April 21st, 2018: Round 1, Game 1 – Chris Mueller
In the first round of the Toronto Marlies march to the Calder Cup in 2018, they paired a first-round date with the Utica Comets.
The dramatic game one saw a crash and bang style play for the first three periods. Michael Chaput tied the game with less than 40 seconds to go in regulation to push things to OT.
After a marvelous keep from Calle Rosen, the puck was directed towards the goalmouth area. In the mad scramble, Thatcher Demko wouldn’t hold the bouncing puck, and Chris Mueller swatted it passed the Comets goalie.
“I noticed that he didn’t have his stick, but I forgot about that the moment I got the puck… It’s not like I totally planned it,” Marlies forward Chris Mueller told Pension Plan Puppets
May 5th, 2018: Round 2, Game 2 – Frederik Gauthier
Game two of the Marlies’ battle with the Syracuse Crunch in the 2018 second round was a tight one. Both goaltenders were able to make terrific stops on either end of the ice, holding each side to just one goal.
While the first 20 minutes of overtime would prove nothing, just passed the 15-minute mark of double OT Frederik Gauthier found light. Pierre Engvall fired the initial shot, but from his knees on the rebound, Gauthier came up clutch for Toronto to take a 2-0 series lead.
May 20th, 2018: Round 3, Game 2 – Miro Aaltonen
The Marlies found themselves powering through game one of the Eastern Conference finals, and now going into their third overtime of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs in game two.
With the stage set and millions tuned in coast-to-coast on national TV, the Marlies began a quick rush near the midway mark of the first extra session. In the offensive one, Rosen made a sliding pass through two Lehigh Valley defenders, finding Andreas Johnsson. Streaking through the middle, Johnsson found Miro Aaltonen, who tapped in the shot.
Aaltonen described the game-winning marker to Pension Plan Puppets: “I was a little bit slow. [Rosen] and [Johnsson] passed, like, unbelievable [passes].”
April 21st, 2019: Round 1, Game 2 – Jeremy Bracco
Game two in Rochester was bound to be a thriller with the Marlies taking game one of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-1.
After being down 2-0 in game two, the Marlies leveled the game with two straight goals to send things to overtime.
In extra time, the Marlies found themselves with good chances to take home the bacon. Jeremy Bracco made his case for a one-man band, creating a stunning toe drag to win the Marlies’ game.
May 3rd, 2019: Round 2, Game 2 – Michael Carcone
The Marlies lost their last game of the 2019 regular season to the Cleveland Monsters by a score of 5-1. Now in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Marlies trampled through Rochester and Cleveland through game one. In game two, the Monsters would put up a fight.
Cleveland was able to climb back after being down 2-0 and followed the Marlies to a 3-3 overtime, where the stage would be set.
Just over 60 seconds into the extra session, Bracco found Michael Carcone on the drop pass to fool Brad Theissen to give the Marlies their fifth consecutive playoff win.
May 23rd, 2019: Round 3, Game 4 – Michael Carcone
The Marlies took the opening game of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, but Charlotte bounced back and claimed the next two games. Now, in a pivotal game four, it would take more than regulation to find a winner.
Tied at three goals each, the Marlies had an ace in their pocket, Michael Carcone, who scored two goals in the first 60, pushing the Marlies and Checkers to a 3-3 tie.
Just under eight minutes into overtime, Carcone zoomed his way through center, fired a bullet towards Alex Nedeljkovic and scored to tie the series at two games apiece.
“It was pretty quick. I think we had one chance, they had two and they scored on the one. That’s the way it goes. The ice was terrible, pucks bouncing everywhere. We turned it over at their blueline after we talked about making sure we got it deep. It bounced on our guy’s stick, and they went down the other way and got a nice goal,” Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci told the media after the game.
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