Sunday, April 27, 2008
TORONTO — The Phoenix Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-0 in Game 6 of the North Division Semifinals.
Rookies Chad Kolarik and Dylan Reese tallied two points apiece for the Rampage, and second-year netminder Josh Tordjman made 38 saves in a victory over the Marlies that forces a series-deciding Game 7 on Monday night in Toronto.
Kolarik and Reese each scored in the first period to get the Rampage off to a fast start.
Kolarik picked up the game's first goal with a wrist shot from the right circle at 5:26 of the opening period, with assists going to Reese and another rookie, Kevin Porter, who played the last four seasons at the University of Michigan with Kolarik.
All four of Kolarik's goals in the series have come in Canada. He leads the team with four markers in the postseason.
Reese then picked up his first career playoff goal with a tip-in off Cam Paddock's blast from the high slot for a 2-0 Rampage lead with 3:20 left in the period. Chris Durno led the Rampage rush into the Toronto zone before sliding a pass across the ice to Paddock.
Both goals came on the rush for the Rampage, who have tried to use their speed as an advantage in the series.
Another hero of the first period was Rampage netminder Josh Tordjman, who stopped all 15 of Toronto's shots in the frame. He would stop nine shots in the second period to maintain the 2-0 San Antonio lead. Coming into Game 6, the team leading after two periods emerged with the win in every game.
Former Marlie Brendan Bell put the game on ice with a goal halfway through the final period. Kolarik picked up a loose puck along the right wall, fired a shot in and Bell redirected it through. Bell leads the Rampage with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the series and has the second-most by a defenseman in the playoffs. Kolarik is tied for second amongst the rookie class with six points.
Tordjman pitched the first postseason shutout in franchise history. He has also earned the franchise's first postseason win. He has posted a .942 save-percentage (154-163) in five games and 1.81 goals against average, to boot. Tordjman owns all three playoff victories in team history.
The Rampage penalty kill was in fine form again Sunday, keeping Toronto off the board on all four Marlies' power-play opportunities. The Rampage have killed 30 of 31 penalties in the series. Conversely, the Rampage have converted on 7 of 33 man-advantage situations, a success rate of 21.2 percent, second in the American Hockey League. They are converting at a league-leading 28.6 percent clip on the road in the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Team captain Bryan Helmer played in his 100th career playoff game Sunday. Scott Clemmensen, who has started all six games, made 21 saves for Toronto. The Rampage were outshot for the first time in the series, 38-24. The Rampage have won two of three games in Toronto so far, while the Marlies took two of three played at the AT&T Center.
Game 7 will be played at 6:30 p.m. Monday night at Ricoh Coliseum, as each team will try to capture its first-ever postseason series victory and advance to the division finals. Stats & Summary
Coyotes Prospects Game 6 Highlights:
* Goaltender Josh Tordjman stopped all 38 shots
* Dylan Reese collected 1-1-2 and registered plus-2 rating
* Chad Kolarik scored his 4th goal of the playoffs and collected an assist