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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Marlies win in SO

The Toronto Marlies held the Chicago Wolves to a 3-3 tie in regulation and overtime, leading to a shoot out loss for the Wolves. The shoot out loss for the Wolves is the third of four such losses this season. Overall all the shoot outs have occurred with Fred Brathwaite in net.

The Chicago play was marked by two short handed goals in the first period, the first by Derek MacKenzie and the second by Colin Stuart. MacKenzie shares a lead in the AHL for short handed goals with four so far this season.

Toronto came back in the third frame to make it 3-2, when Marlie Robbie Earl put one in on a rebound off of Wolves goalie Fred Brathwaite. Overall, Brathwaite had 46 saves, a season high. In the overtime, Chicago was given an almost two minute advantage due to a penalty on Jeff Corey, but was unable to convert the advantage to a goal.

Marlie goalie Jean-Francois Racine had 41 saves in the contest. The on-ice crew from the Saturday game were in residence again Sunday afternoon and yet another questionable call occurred, the game-ending goal in shoot out by Robbie Earl. Wolves goalie signaled to the referee that the signal that Earl could start his run was not given and was heard to say he wasn’t ready.

Nevertheless, the goal stood and the Marlies were awarded the win.

Wrist Shot

I'd earlier written about Steve Silverthorn, who had three shut outs in two leagues. On Friday the 12th Steve lost a game for Iowa against the Houston Aeros, 3-1, stopping 41 Houston shots. Last night, with Iowa behind 4-1 in the second frame, he was pulled for Tobias Stephen. Silverthorn stopped only nine shots in this contest, in those two frames.

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