Marlies go up 2-0 on Wolves

The Toronto Marlies took a commanding 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal with a 4-2 win over the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena on Saturday night.

For the second game in a row, Chicago fell behind 3-0 and cut the deficit to one before falling short. As a result, the Wolves head to Toronto having the lost the first two games of a playoff series on home ice for the first time since the 2007 conference finals vs. Hamilton.

Peter Holland, Trevor Smith and Josh Leivo, a trio that combined for six points in Game 1, all scored first-period goals for the Marlies in Game 2.

Shane Harper brought Chicago to within 3-1 at the 1:46 mark of the third period, and Dmitrij Jaskin‘s power-play goal with 2:39 left in regulation cut the Marlies’ lead to 3-2.

Jerry D’Amigo secured the win with an empty-net goal at 19:07, his second point of the game and his league-leading ninth point of the playoffs.

Drew MacIntyre (5-0) made 22 saves for the Marlies, again outdueling Baz Bastien Award winner Jake Allen (3-4), who finished with 18 stops.

Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night at Ricoh Coliseum.

Western Conference Semifinals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
2-Chicago Wolves vs. 3-Toronto Marlies 
Series Snapshot
Game 1 – Fri., May 9 – Toronto 5, CHICAGO 2 
Game 2 – Sat., May 10 – Toronto 4, CHICAGO 2 
Game 3 – Wed., May 14 – Chicago at Toronto, 7:00 
Game 4 – Fri., May 16 – Chicago at Toronto, 7:00 
*Game 5 – Sat., May 17 – Chicago at Toronto, 7:00 
*Game 6 – Mon., May 19 – Toronto at Chicago, 8:00 
*Game 7 – Wed., May 21 – Toronto at Chicago, 8:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern