For the second night in a row, the Marlies and Crunch required an overtime decision in Syracuse. This time, the Marlies picked up the extra point, edging the Crunch 3-2.
The Marlies were able to capitalize on an early power play opportunity and solve Crunch goaltender Eddie Pasquale tonight after he earned the shutout in last night’s game. Trevor Moore notched the opening goal on the power play at 5:21 of the first period, burying a rebound that came loose in front of the Syracuse net. Jeremy Bracco and Rasmus Sandin assisted on Moore’s power play goal. At 12:43 Syracuse leading rookie, Alex Barre-Boulet evened things up with his 25thof the season. The score remained tied heading into the first intermission.
Barre-Boulet added a second goal, beating Kasimir Kaskisuo with a tip in front early in the second period to give the home team the lead. Late in the frame, Pierre Engvall knotted the score again, sneaking a shot five-hole on Pasquale. Dmytro Timashov and Michael Carcone assisted on Engvall’s 15thof the season.
Neither team broke the deadlock in the third period, sending the game into overtime for the second time in as many nights. Syracuse’s Ben Thomas was handed a holding penalty just 1:50 into the extra frame, giving the Marlies an opportunity with a 4-on-3. A minute into the power play, Rasmus Sandin got called for hooking to send things back to 3-on-3. At 3:18, Dmytro Timashov let a shot fly from the point and it floated right past Pasquale to seal a 3-2 overtime win for the Marlies. Engvall picked up the lone assist on the game winner.
The Marlies will be back in action on Wednesday to host the Manitoba Moose for an early 11AM start at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PLAYOFF PRIMER
Toronto: T. Moore (23) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), P. Engvall (15) (D. Timashov, M. Carcone), D. Timashov (7) (P. Engvall)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (24/26)
Syracuse: A. Barre-Boulet (25) (C. Verhaeghe, G. Dumont), A. Barre-Boulet (26) (G. Dumont, B. Thomas)
Goaltender: E. Pasquale (26/29)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Trevor Moore opened the scoring on the power play at 5:21 of the first period. Moore has scored first for Toronto six times this season. Moore has 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) through 45 games this season.
- Pierre Engvall scored with 26 seconds left in the second period and later added the lone assist on Timashov’s overtime winner. Engvall has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 51 games this season.
- Dmytro Timashov scored the game-winner at 3:18 of overtime and earlier picked up the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Timashov has set a career-high in points (7-30-37) through 53 games. This was his first game-winning goal of the season.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Moore’s first period goal. This is his 22nd power play assist this season. Bracco has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in his last 10 games. Bracco leads the AHL in assists (40).
- Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Moore’s first period power play goal. Sandin has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) through 27 games this season.
- Michael Carcone had the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Carcone has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 9-7-2-0 on the season with a .882 Save Percentage and a 3.39 Goals Against Average.
- The Marlies’ away record is 15-8-2-3. Toronto is one of two teams to have scored 100 or more goals on the road (112) through 28 games.
- Toronto is 14-5-3-1 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 76-63, facing 12 different teams. In 18 of 23 games, Toronto has earned a point (32).
- Toronto went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play. Toronto’s power play on the road is second (25.4%) in the AHL with the most power play goals-for (33).
- Toronto had a 29-26 edge in shots in all situations. Dmytro Timashov led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 19-13-6-3 against the North division opponents and finish the season series 4-1-1-0 against the Crunch. Toronto led Syracuse 18-17 scoring through six games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: C. Mueller (24)
- Assists: J. Bracco (40)*
- Points: J. Bracco (55)
- PPG: C. Mueller (11)
- Shots: T. Moore (129)
- +/-: C. Rosen (+10)
- PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
- Toronto is 24-6-1-1 when first to score.
- The Marlies are 8-4-3-0 when tied after the first period and 7-2-3-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 15-10-4-1 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 11-5-0-0 in Saturday games, 8-1-0-0 when on the road on Saturday and are 7-2-3-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on January 16 against Springfield.
- Frank Corrado (knee) did not dress for tonight’s game. He has not appeared for Toronto since February 5 against Belleville.
- Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
- Chris Mueller (hamstring) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 10 against Belleville.
- Calle Rosen (foot) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 22 against Syracuse.
- Feb. 23: Returned forward Brady Ferguson on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb. 23: Recalled defenceman Sam Jardine from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb: 21: Returned defenceman Sam Jardine on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb: 21: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb: 21: Returned forward Hudson Elynuik on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I thought our guys really worked today. (Syracuse) requires a lot from you, you have to really work and really be competitive. They draw that out of us. Each game we’ve played against them this season hasn’t been perfect but at different times, our players have found a new level. I thought through a lot of the game today, we really worked, we were really competitive and we got some very strong performances from some individuals so it was a really good thing.
On Pierre Engvall on developing in his new role as centre:
I think in all areas as a centre, he’s really come to life. He was outstanding today. He really drove the game any time he was out there. One of the biggest concerns coming into this week with him as centre had been faceoffs but he’s worked at it, he’s getting stronger and stronger and I thought we had some good matchups for him in this game for faceoffs and it helped. He started with the puck and his line didn’t give it back too much.
February 27 vs Manitoba – 11:00 a.m. ET
March 2 vs Cleveland – 5:00 p.m. ET
March 6 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
March 8 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 10 vs Bridgeport – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies will be looking to rebound tonight when they square off against the Syracuse Crunch for the second time in as many nights.
The Crunch edged the visiting Marlies 1-0 in an overtime decision last night after over 60 minutes of scoreless hockey, snapping the Marlies’ three-game win streak. Penalty killing was the difference maker in last night’s contest as the Marlies went 0/7 on the power play and the Crunch went 0/5. Syracuse goaltender Eddie Pasquale turned away all 26 shots he faced as the Marlies were unable to find the back of the net.
With three points now separating these two North Division rivals in the division standings, the Marlies know there are an important two points on the line tonight as they continue to jockey for playoff positioning in a tight North Division.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|C. Mueller (24)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (24)
|J. Bracco (54)
||Leading Points Scorer
||C. Verhaeghe (58)
|M. Hutchinson (9)
||E. Pasquale (17)