Peters lifts Stars over Marlies to take 3-2 series lead

The Canadian Press
5/31/2014 6:04:47 PM
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TORONTO -- Toronto Marlies head coach Steve Spott knows the exact point his team lost Saturday's game to the Texas Stars.

Up 1-0 midway through the second period, the Marlies had a chance to add to their lead with a 1:35 two-man advantage. Instead, they went scoreless on just two shots.

Scott Glennie tied the game 20 seconds after five-on-five play resumed, and Taylor Peters added the winner midway through third to lift the Stars over the Marlies 2-1 for a 3-2 series lead in the American Hockey League's Western Conference final.

"That's the game right there," said Spott. "You've got a (1:35) 5-on-3, you're up 1-0 as soon as you don't get at least momentum off of it you know they're probably going to get a push back shift. They got it and Scott Glennie got a big goal for them.

"Then you could feel the tide turn."

Spencer Abbott scored the lone goal for the Marlies, his fourth of the playoffs and fourth in the last two games. Drew MacIntyre made 31 saves in the loss.

Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 17 shots in the win as the Marlies were out-shot for the 11th time in 12 playoff games.

The Game 5 winner in Calder Cup playoff history has gone on to win the series 81.1 per cent of the time.

Peters poked home the rebound off of Matej Stransky's shot for his first of the playoffs at 9:02 of the third for the winning goal, and Texas goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp made 17 saves in the win.

With Maxime Fortunus off for closing his hand on the puck and Jyrki Jokipakka serving a tripping minor, Toronto's power play, which went 3 for 6 in Game 4 was unable to generate any serious threat.

Glennie beat MacIntyre with a wrist shot for his fourth of the playoffs at 11:10 of the middle frame to tie it 1-1.

"We didn't buy in tonight and that's really frustrating," said MacIntyre. "You could tell right away, but I thought we'd wake up at some point and we just didn't and that's really disappointing.

"We were desperate to win (Game 4) we didn't want to go down 3-1, but I would've thought we have the same desperation tonight, not wanting to go down 3-2, but we're doing it the hard way."

Toronto opened the scoring for a 12th consecutive game as Abbott's centring pass deflected off of Stars centre Chris Mueller and past Nilstorp 41 seconds into the first period.

Trevor Smith nearly made it 2-0 at 3:19 of the opening frame, with Nilstorp down and out, the Marlies captain missed the wide open net.

"We've got our backs against the wall now and we've got nothing to lose," said Smith. "We've got to go out there and play like we've been playing and just string together three periods. We've come out strong in all the games, but we got a little complacent towards the end of the first period."

Spott believes his 12 forwards were out-worked once again by the Stars forward group and as a result, expects lineup changes once again in Game 6.

"The challenge for me is getting our 12 forwards to work as hard as their 12 forwards. If I can get that, we're going to be fine," Spott said. "Our goaltending has been fine, our back end has been fine. We simply don't have enough push back from our 12 forwards right now and we need that going into Texas."

Notes: American Hockey League President and CEO, David Andrews was in attendance for Game 5. Marlies defenceman Korbinian Holzer missed his second game with a lower body injury and Spott doesn't expect him to be available for Game 6. Game 6 of the series goes Monday in Texas.

Toronto Marlies (Photo: TSN.ca)


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