Curious decision by Toronto Marlies coach Greg Gilbert to start Adam Munro in goal instead of Justin Pogge in Game 6 of his club's opening-round Calder Cup playoff series against the Manitoba Moose at Winnipeg's MTS Centre on Saturday evening.
The ploy almost worked, but the Moose scored three times in the third period for a come-from-behind 4-2 victory to take the series. Raymond Sawada's game-winner, on a rebound, arrived with 13 minutes and 44 seconds remaining in the game.
The 26-year-old Munro made 29 saves in the loss as the Moose outshot Toronto 33-15.
Pogge, a former Canadian junior star who has been a disappointment in his three seasons with the Marlies and his seven appearances with the Toronto Maple Leafs this year, played in the previous five games of the series, recording two wins, a 3.15 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
Munro of St. George, Ont. (near Brantford) was a first-round draft pick, 29th overall, with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2001. He played in 17 games for the Blackhawks in 2003-04 and 2005-06. With the Marlies first-round exit, defenceman Anton Stralman is expected to join Sweden at the world championship in Switzerland.