Already up two-games-to-zero in their opening round matchup with the Rochester Americans, the Marlies relied on Winnipegger Adam Brooks to deliver in game three, potting all three Toronto tallies, en route to a three-game series sweep.
Heading into game three, Brooks had just one goal – a shorthanded marker – on five shots on net in the opening two games of the series, both of which were wins for the Marlies. But in game three, the 22-year-old opened the scoring for Toronto just over one minute into the game on an even-strength goal, before retaking the lead in the second period after Tage Thompson knotted the game up at twos earlier in the middle stanza. With 30 seconds left to play, Brooks put the finishing touches on his hat trick with the Rochester netminder on the bench for the extra attacker.
Marlies goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 29 shots, pushing his save percentage up to .960 in the postseason, while stopping 97 of the 101 shots he faced in the series. Adam Brooks and the Marlies will now host the Cleveland Monsters in another five-game series, beginning from Toronto on Wednesday evening.