Logan Shaw scored a hat trick and the Toronto Marlies scored five goals in the third period to defeat the Laval Rocket 6-1 on Friday.
The Rocket have lost five of their last six games. The two teams will cross swords again tomorrow afternoon in Toronto.
According to defender Olivier Galipeau, playing against the same team again less than 24 hours later can be a good thing after such a defeat.
“Of course we have to turn the page immediately,” said the Rocket defender. It’s clear the guys are frustrated right now, but we’ll turn the page tonight and be back tomorrow with another 60 minutes of hockey. »
William Villeneuve, Marshall Rifai and Joseph Blandisi also scored the victory. Dennis Hildeby stopped 31 shots for the Marlies.
Mitchell Stephens scored the Rockets’ only goal and Jakub Dobes blocked 34 shots.
“After two periods we were in the game,” Rocket coach Jean-François Houle said. Our goalie made some key saves. The turnovers really cost us. There were a lot of soft plays tonight. »
The Marlies opened the scoring during the first power play of the game. Dobes couldn’t control a shot and the puck ended up in the semicircle for Shaw, who scored on the return.
The Rocket tied the score just 14 seconds after captain Marlies’ net. Laval’s troops, however, can thank Hildeby, who came out behind his net and walked past it, as Stephens passed by.
Stephens only had to hit a backhand shot toward the abandoned cage. It was the sixth goal this season for the forward, who was called up by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this season.
The Rocket won a power play after Logan Mailloux hit Ryan Tverberg solidly. Mailloux and Blandisi took off their gloves, but Blandisi also received an additional 12 minutes of instigator penalty.
The Marlies, who dominated most of the final 10 minutes of the first half, ended the period with a 17-6 shot advantage.
Dobes kept his team in the game early in the second half, making some good stops on quick restarts by the Marlies, who started the half the same way they ended the previous one.
The Rockets goalie stole a goal from Alex Steeves during a three-on-one overtime by sticking out his right pad at 6:20 of the game.
By attacking and getting more numbers, the Marlies ended up taking the lead again in the third period. In the two against one, Zach Solow slowed down to wait for his defender Villeneuve to arrive in relief. The Quebecer beat the Dobes with a shot from the side of the shield for his second goal of the campaign.
Rifai doubled his team’s lead midway through the third period with a shot that Dobes didn’t seem to see right.
Shaw dealt a blow to the Rocket by bringing the score to 4-1 at 10:47 of the third period. Shaw scored his second goal of the game with a quick shot toward the net, hitting the target 15 seconds after Rifai.
Blandisi scored into an empty net and Shaw added a little later as Dobes was back in front of the Rocket cage.
“It was 1-1 after two periods and we already knew it wasn’t our best game,” Galipeau said. When it’s not your best game, you keep it simple. It was really small details that made the difference and the channel landed. »
Rockets forward Emil Heineman suffered an upper body injury in the second half and did not return to the game.