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Sports Marlies are Star-struck as Texas forces Game 7 in Calder Cup final

15:37  13 june  2018
15:37  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Marlies drop Game 2 of Calder Cup final

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The Toronto Marlies had their most impressive performance of the 2018 Calder Cup Finals on Saturday from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, Texas . Andreas Johnsson led the Marlies in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists) as the Marlies beat the Texas Stars 6-2 in game


The good news is the Toronto Marlies still have a chance to win the first Calder Cup in franchise history. That happens Thursday.

The bad news is they squandered an opportunity to do it on Tuesday.

The Texas Stars withstood an early Marlies barrage and used their own bit of luck and grit to win Game 6 of the Calder Cup final 5-2 at the Ricoh Coliseum.

The series, tied at three games apiece, finishes Thursday with the winner-take-all Game 7, also at the Ricoh (7 p.m.). And doubt might be seeping in with Marlies started Garret Sparks posting his weakest outing — four goals on 17 shots — before being yanked.

Calle Rosen and Justin Holl scored third-period goals as a comeback proved fruitless.

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The Calder Cup final is down to a best-of-three. Curtis McKenzie scored twice as the Texas Stars downed the Toronto Marlies 3-2 on Thursday to even the American Hockey League championship at two wins apiece. The Stars host Game 5 on Saturday, with Games 6 and 7 of the best-of- seven set

Sparks has been the backbone of the team all season, though it’s probably not the worst thing in the world that backup Calvin Pickard got some playing time given the stakes on Thursday.

The Marlies are trying to bring Toronto its first men’s professional hockey championship since the Maple Leafs captured the Stanley Cup in 1967.

But it’s not easy.

The Stars, who finished 22 points behind the Marlies in the overall standings in the regular season, have proven resilient opponents, answering each Marlies win with a win of their own, a fact that had not gone unnoticed in the Toronto room.

“Well, we’ve seen them come back now after we’ve won. They’ve won ... in this building and so obviously they aren’t going away. At the end of the day we’ve got to win one game and it’s not going to be easy,” said forward Colin Greening.

Stars pull even with Marlies in Calder Cup final

  Stars pull even with Marlies in Calder Cup final Curtis McKenzie scored twice as the Texas Stars downed the Toronto Marlies 3-2 on Thursday to even the American Hockey League championship at two wins apiece. The Stars host Game 5 on Saturday, with Games 6 and 7 of the best-of-seven set scheduled back at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum. Justin Dowling had the winner for Texas midway through the third period. Andreas Johnsson and Dmytro Timashov scored for the Marlies. Mike McKenna made 29 saves for the win as Garret Sparks stopped 15 shots in a losing cause.

Heading into the Calder Cup Finals , Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal compared the Toronto Marlies to a 2019 Corvette and his team to a 1966 Mustang. Game 1 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Saturday was quite the wild ride.

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Texas is hoping to become the first team in Calder Cup history to win the championship by winning the last two games on the road.

The Marlies spent the day trying not to think the Cup was on the line, trying to treat it like any other.

“Just treating it like any other day, as difficult as that may be,” Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe said prior to the game. “We’re here for a reason and that’s because of how we’ve played and how we’ve prepared and we have to make sure we’re doing the same things.”

By “doing the same things,“ the Marlies were also hoping to duplicate their efforts in Game 5, when they scored on two of their first three shots and ultimately chased Stars goalie Mike McKenna from the game after 20 minutes.

But McKenna, 35 and in his second Calder Cup final in two years, seemed intent on proving himself a money goalie withstanding an onslaught of Marlies shooters, stopping 16 shots in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

Marlies are one win away from the Calder Cup

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Garret Sparks, the AHL’s goalie of the year, and the Toronto Marlies host the Texas Stars in Game 1 of the Calder Cup final on Saturday. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star file photo).

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While the ice had been tilted in favour of the Marlies for the first period and most of the second, it was Texas that scored first.

Texas captain Curtis McKenzie started a three-goal second period, beating an uncharacteristically shaky Garret Sparks in Game 6 of the Calde Cup final.© Rene Johnston Texas captain Curtis McKenzie started a three-goal second period, beating an uncharacteristically shaky Garret Sparks in Game 6 of the Calde Cup final.

And it was a controversial play that opened the scoring and had the Ricoh crowd booing the refs. Martin Marincin was dumped in the corner — without a call — by Curtis McKenzie, the Stars most dangerous shooter. He got control of the puck and had no one between him and the Toronto net, deking Sparks, for his playoffs-leading 11th goal and a 1-0 Texas lead.

Sparks didn’t look good on the next two — goals by Travis Morin and Austin Fyten. In fact, no Marlie looked good on Fyten, who beat Greening up the ice while Timothy Liljegren seemed to miss an assignment.

The second period ended 3-0, with the sold-out Ricoh crowd restless and with a few boos.

There was a momentary boost of life when Rosen scored from the blue line at 1:37 of the first period followed quickly by a Marlies power play. But the Stars’ Sheldon Dries scored short-handed to restore a three-goal cushion and end Sparks’ night.

Holl scored with under five minutes to go. Keefe pulled Pickard for the extra attacker, and Marlies defenceman Vincent LoVerde fell and fanned on a clearing attempt. Texas’s Colin Markison scored with 3:32 to go for a 5-2 lead that started the inevitable march to the exits by the Marlies crowd. It had been a record crowd, thanks to newly installed seating at the north end, of 8,783.

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