The Toronto Marlies’ inability to string two consecutive quality performances together must be a concern 13 games into the season for head coach Sheldon Keefe.
His team followed up an encouraging 8-2 win over Belleville with a performance that fell well short of expectations in Laval on Tuesday evening.
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and the latter was certainly at the forefront when Laval opened the scoring inside the opening minute.
Alexandre Grenier made a heads-up play behind the Toronto net, but Jeff Glass was out of it and failed to react quickly enough to stop Lukas Vejdemo from nestling the puck into the twine.
A tying goal for Toronto arrived inside the three-minute mark. It was a one-man show as Chris Mueller blocked a shot just inside the Toronto blue line, initiating his own breakaway before beating Charlie Lindgren glove side with a top-shelf finish.