Marlies advance on Brooks’ hat trick

Photo: Christian Bonin

The defending champions are moving on.

Adam Brooks scored all three goals and the Toronto Marlies made quick work of the Rochester Americans, finishing off a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory at Coca-Cola Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Marlies await the winner of the Syracuse-Cleveland series.

Kasimir Kaskisuo (3-0) made 28 saves for the Marlies in the Game 3 win. He stopped 97 of 101 shots in the series (1.30, .960).

Brooks took a feed from Michael Carcone and gave Toronto a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the game.

After Tage Thompson tied things up for the Amerks at 9:38 of the second period, Brooks redirected home a point shot from Vincent LoVerde as Toronto retook the lead at 11:37.

Kaskisuo made 16 of his 28 stops in the third period to preserve the lead, and Brooks finished off the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 36 seconds to play.

Rochester has now been swept in each of its three all-time playoff meetings with Toronto (0-9), and has lost eight consecutive playoff series since its last win in 2005.

North Division Semifinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
N2-Rochester Americans vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Toronto 4, ROCHESTER 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 21 – Toronto 3, ROCHESTER 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 24 – TORONTO 3, Rochester 1