MARLIES SPOIL DEBUT FOR KARPOWICH
The Toronto Marlies spoiled Paul Karpowich's
homecoming and his AHL debut by scoring two goals in the first period on their
way to a 4-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen Sunday afternoon at the Ricoh
Coliseum. Derek Nesbitt broke the shutout bid for Jussi Rynnas with third period goal, his third in as many game.
A native of Thunder Bay, ON, Karpowich made his
first start of the season with Peoria after starting the season with ECHL
Evansville. Drafted by the Blues in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Entry
Draft, Karpowich finished with 26 saves on 30 shots.
After Peoria was unsuccessful on their first
power-play opportunity, Toronto scored just as their man-advantage expired. At
5:08 in the first period, Greg McKegg fired a shot from the blueline as their
power play ended. Although it went wide of the net, Brad Ross was able to tip
the puck past Karpowich for his second goal of the season. Jake Gardiner also
earned an assist on the play.
Later in the first frame, the Rivermen drew a
penalty with 1:51 remaining in the period, but the Marlies were still able to
add to their lead. Dylan Yeo forced a turnover and with only one defender back
to stop him, he was able to fire a shot past Karpowich for an unassisted goal,
his second of the year at 19:12.
In the second period, Toronto quickly added
another score. At 2:43, Jeff D'Amigo made a move around a Rivermen defenseman
and shot above Karpowich's blocker to extend the Marlies' lead to 3-0. McKegg
and Ross assisted on the goal.
The third period featured multiple penalties by
both teams, but the Marlies were able to convert on their sixth power play of
the game. Ross scored his second goal of the game at 6:34, assisted by Gardiner
Nesbitt ended the shutout at 14:25. T.J.
Hensick won the offensive zone faceoff which later led to Nesbitt's 21st
goal of the year. Sergey Andronov also assisted on the lone Rivermen goal.
Toronto finished 1-for-6 on the power play as
Peoria was unsuccessful on all four of their attempts. The Marlies outshot
Peoria 30-21 in the game.