The Toronto Marlies and St. John’s IceCaps showed what a game with increased goal scoring could look like on Saturday night.
William Nylander scored the overtime winner giving the Marlies a 9-8 victory in American Hockey League action.
Nylander’s game-winner capped off a four-point night for the 2014 first-round pick.
“I was minus-3 for a while so I was pretty mad and then to get back to (even) – that rarely happens in a game,” Nylander said. “The team pulled a great effort together the last 15 minutes of the game. It was fun to be a part of and really fun to watch.
“We believed in ourselves. I think we pretty much dominated the last 15 minutes of the game.”
The Marlies trailed 8-4 early in the third, but scored five unanswered for the win.
Josh Leivo scored twice as part of a four-point night and Mark Arcobello also found the back of the net twice. T.J. Brennan, Zach Hyman, Sam Carrick and Nikita Soshnikov had the others for the Marlies.
Garret Sparks, the AHL’s player of the month for October, made three saves in relief of Antoine Bibeau for the win. Bibeau allowed eight goals on 34 shots in just over 40 minutes of work.
Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon and Morgan Ellis had two goals apiece in the loss. McCarron also had three assists for a five-point night. Bud Holloway and Christian Thomas had the other IceCaps goals.
Eddie Pasquale was saddled wiith the loss after stopping seven of the eight shots he faced in relief of Zachary Fucale. Fucale allowed eight goals on 31 shots and was pulled late in the third.