Tobie Paquette-Bisson’s point shot deflected off of Cole Caufield’s skate and went past Ian Scott to serve as the eventual game-winning goal as the Laval Rocket beat the Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.
It was Caufield’s second game-winning goal in two games. Vasily Demchenko made 19 saves for his first career AHL win.
Laval opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game when Laurent Dauphin fired a one-timer from the right circle past Scott after a great backhand pass by Rafaël Harvey-Pinard. Dauphin also had the game’s best chance in the opening minutes, but couldn’t get the puck past the Marlies goaltender.
The line of Harvey-Pinard, Dauphin, and Jake Lucchini struck again later in the period. Jacob LeGuerrier took a point shot, and a scramble led to Dauphin putting the puck past the goal line. Harvey-Pinard picked up another assist as well.
Le deuxième but de Laurent Dauphin était un peu moins spectaculaire, mais il compte autant!— Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) April 10, 2021
Dauphin's second goal was a bit less spectacular but it counted as much. #GoRocket pic.twitter.com/wpVgRvgSmz
Laval went to the power play after Rich Clune took an interference penalty for hitting Cole Caufield away from the play. The Rocket had some chances on the power play but could not convert. As soon as the penalty ended, Michael Pezzetta and Clune fought and went off for five minutes.
Michael Pezzetta montre à Rich Clune ce qui se passe si tu t'en prends à Cole Caufield.— Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) April 10, 2021
Michael Pezzetta is using Rich Clune to show the AHL what happens if you take a run at Cole Caufield. #GoRocket pic.twitter.com/C2hGmkIfcJ
The line that had the first two Rocket goals got another chance with just under three minutes remaining, but Harvey-Pinard was unable to finish the play.
The Marlies bounced back with two goals of their own in the second period. First Scott Gaudet stole the puck from LeGuerrier behind the net, then walked in front and beat Demchenko to make it 2-1. Then, seven minutes later, Kalle Kossila came into the offensive zone, toe dragged around Josh Brook and beat Demchenko with a wrist shot in the top corner.
Laval bounced back with a couple of chances from Cole Caufield after the tying goal, but went to the penalty kill late in the second period when Joël Teasdale went off for interference. Much like the first Rocket power play, Toronto was unable to take advantage.
The Rocket held a 20-12 lead in shots after 40 minutes. It wasn’t a bad period from Laval but the Marlies took advantage of two mistakes.
Laval came back strong in the third period holding most of the run of play. They eventually re-took the lead 3-2 when Michael Pezzetta pounded on a rebound from a Josh Brook shot with around 12:30 to go.
Big goal from Michael Pezzetta to put Laval on top 3-2 pic.twitter.com/Vy9FAX0YGM— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) April 10, 2021
It was Pezzetta’s second goal of the year.
Laval extended their lead to 4-2 when Caufield’s goal that tipped off his skate. The goal was credited to Paquette-Bisson, but eventually confirmed for Caufield.
Cole Caufield gets his third goal of the weekend, tipping home Tobie Paquette-Bisson's shot! pic.twitter.com/1REqx5bZFn— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) April 10, 2021
The Marlies once again gave themselves a chance with the goaltender pulled. Timothy Liljegren’s shot was tipped by Petan with 2:39 left. Toronto pulled Scott again to try and get the equalizer but that was as close as they would come.
After sweeping the two games in Toronto, the Rocket will now prepare to host the Marlies for two games starting Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard said to the team that they should treat these four games like a mini playoff series, given that there may not be an actual post-season in the AHL this year.
There were no changes to the lineup except in goal where the starter changed from Friday night. LeGuerrier did not play in the third period. Joël Bouchard said the pace got a little too quick for him in back-to-back games. This was just the third game LeGuerrier is playing since the end of last season.
After the top two lines led the way on Friday, the bottom two lines picked up the slack on Saturday.