Marlies Overpower Griffins

March 25, 2007

(TORONTO) - Brett Engelhardt led the Toronto Marlies in a 5-3 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins Sunday evening at Ricoh Coliseum in front of 4,794 fans. Engelhardt's four points from a penalty shot goal and three assists are the most points in one game by a Marlie this season. The third period began with a 2-1 lead for Toronto, but the Marlies and Griffins traded goals before Colin Murphy tallied the game-winner almost halfway through the period.

With just over a minute remaining in the opening frame, Eric Himmelfarb gave the Griffins a 1-0 lead. Darryl Bootland kept the play inside the Marlies' defensive zone, shooting the puck towards the net. Thornhill, Ontario native Himmelfarb deflected the shot past Toronto starting netminder Justin Pogge.

The Marlies' Karel Pilar, playing in only his second game with the team, evened the score partway through the second period. With Evan McGrath serving two minutes for slashing, Erik Westrum fed a pass to Pilar who then one-timed a shot that beat the Griffins starting netminder Stefan Liv top shelf at 8:33. Engelhardt also earned an assist on the play.

Toronto played the final 87 seconds of the middle frame with a two-man advantage after the Griffins' accrued three minor penalties. The Marlies took advantage of this opportunity to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission after Tyson Nash, in front of the net, redirected a shot from Brad Leeb past Liv at 19:38.

The Griffins' regained the lead less than a minute into the final stanza. While Shorthanded, Evan McGrath skated down the ice with the puck and passed it to Ben Simon who was behind him. Simon fired a shot which bounced off the post and into the net at 0:55.

Engelhardt was awarded a penalty shot at 4:08 of the third period. In his second penalty shot attempt of the year, Engelhardt rifled a shot past Liv to put the Marlies up 3-2.

The game was quickly equalized at three goals apiece when Chris Harrington's attempted clearing shot deflected off of Pogge's skate into the Marlies' net. Jon Insana was awarded the goal for Grand Rapids at 4:54.

Toronto took a two-goal lead after a power-play goal by Murphy and an even-strength goal by Westrum. Murphy's goal came at 9:14 of the third period, and Engelhardt and Staffan Kronwall assisted on what was ultimately the game-winning goal. Westrum's marker came less than two minutes later, with Engelhardt earning his third assist for the night. Reid Cashman, suiting up for his first game with the Marlies, also tallied a helper on Westrum's goal.

Up next for the Marlies is a six-game road trip which will take them to Rochester, Syracuse, Hamilton, and Grand Rapids. Toronto returns to Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday, April 7 with a game against provincial rival Hamilton. The puck drops at 7 p.m. for the match against the Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

First Period
1. GRA E. Himmelfarb (13) (Bootland) 18:58

Second Period
2. TOR K. Pilar (1) (Westrum, Engelhardt) 8:33 PP
3. TOR T. Nash (16) (Leeb, Pilar) 19:38 PP

Third Period
4. GRA B. Simon (13) (McGrath) 0:55 SH
5. TOR B. Engelhardt (21) (unassisted) 4:08 PS
6. GRA J. Insana (3) (unassisted) 4:54
7. TOR C. Murphy (17) (Engelhardt, Kronwall) 9:14 PP
8. TOR E. Westrum (23) (Engelhardt, Cashman) 11:08

1. TOR Engelhardt #18
2. TOR Pilar #29
3. GRA Insana #18

ICE CHIPS: Brett Engelhardt has seven points (2G, 5A) in the last four games... Captain Marc Moro and Jaime Sifers remain the Marlies' ironmen, having played in all 69 games this season... Tyson Nash has tallied 6 points (4G, 2A) in the last seven games... The Marlies have scored at least one power-play goal in seven consecutive games... The Marlies are now 2-for-5 on penalty shots this season... Colin Murphy has a three-game point streak (1G, 2A)... Both Karel Pilar and Reid Cashman earned their first points in a Marlies uniform today... Today's game against Grand Rapids marked Cashman's professional ice hockey debut.

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