The Marlies suffered a tough loss Friday night, dropping a 7-4 decision to the Belleville Senators.
Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 4:30 of the first period, giving the Marlies an early edge. Tanner MacMaster and Kristians Rubins assisted on Aberg’s 15th of the season. At 13:24, Belleville’s Jordan Szwarz capitalized on a man-advantage to even the score 1-1.
The Marlies would head to the power play 22 seconds into the second period as Rudolfs Balcers was called for interference. 41 seconds into the man-advantage, Nic Petan found Mason Marchment in front of the Belleville goal and he buried his sixth of the season to restore the Marlies’ lead. Joseph Duszak picked up the secondary assist on the goal. Petan and Marchment connected again minutes later as Petan set Marchment up for a one-timer and he made no mistake to put Toronto ahead by two. At 15:59, Michael Carcone brought Belleville back within one. At 17:56, Belleville’s Alex Formenton would sit for two for roughing, giving the Marlies another opportunity on the power play. Marchment, Petan and Duszak converted yet again on the ensuing man-advantage to give the Marlies a two-goal cushion. That lead was short lived as Josh Norris narrowed the gap with three seconds remaining in the second period. The Marlies were ahead by one heading into the final frame.
The Senators added four unanswered goals, including a shorthanded marker as well as an empty netter, stunning the Marlies in a 7-4 final.
Toronto will now head home for a pair of divisional games to close out the weekend.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: P. Aberg (15) (T. MacMaster, K. Rubins), M. Marchment (6) PP (N. Petan, J. Duszak), M. Marchment (7) (N. Petan), M. Marchment (8) PP (N. Petan, J. Duszak)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (22/27), J. Woll (2/3)
Belleville: J. Szwarz (13) PP (J. Norris, E. Brannstrom), M. Carcone (12) (J. Murray, A. Formenton), J. Norris (25) (J. Murray), E. Brannstrom (2) (M. Lajoie), M. Klimchuk (11) (J. Aspirot, J. Daccord), J. Beaudin (3) SH (A. Formenton, J. Dougherty), P. Kelly (8) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: J. Daccord (36/40)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 4:30 of the first period. Aberg has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in six games against Belleville this season.
- Mason Marchment scored his second hat trick of the season with goals at 1:03, 4:27 and 18:14 of the second period. Marchment picked up his first two power play goals of the season.
- Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. MacMaster has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last five games.
- Kristians Rubins registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Rubins has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 34 games this season.
- Nic Petan collected the primary assist on all three of Marchment’s second period goals. Petan has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in five games this season against Belleville.
- Joseph Duszak picked up the secondary assists on both of Marchment’s power play goals. Duszak has four point (1 goal, 3 assists) through nine games with the Marlies.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 22 of 27 shots he faced in 48:10 of action. Kaskisuo is now 12-8-2-1 on the season with a .908 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. Joseph Woll stopped 2 of 3 shots in relief of Kaskisuo. He is now has a .884 Save Percentage and a 3.71 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the 10th time Toronto has recorded more than one power play goal in a game this season.
- Toronto had a 40-31 edge in shots in all situations. Mason Marchment led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-4-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (21)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: P. Aberg (36)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (120)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
- Toronto is 16-5-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 6-7-0-0 when tied after the first period and 14-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-8-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-5-0-0 in Friday games and are 0-3-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 5: Returned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 4: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 4: Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 3: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On solid individual efforts despite loss:
I’d say today’s the most frustrating loss we’ve had, not that they’re not all frustrating but I mean Agostino, Petan, Marchment, from power play to 5-on-5, those guys gained a lot of momentum for themselves and for the team, they had a huge impact on this game. I thought Duszak came in and had a really good game for us. Hollowell, Kivihalme – there were some good efforts today, some guys stepped up for the team. There were again moments of the game we controlled. At this point, it’s really frustrating, it’s difficult. We need to start seeing results.
On quality chances increasing for Toronto as the game developed:
They did for us today. First period was a little slow. It was an even score after one. I knew we had better as a team and they came out and responded in the second period. I thought we out chanced them to 2-to-1 in that period and carried into the third then things just started to fall apart for us. There’s no excuses, we’ve got to start finding a way to get wins.
On whether this game is a learning experience or should be thrown away ahead of tomorrow’s game:
Every game’s a learning experience. Every game at some point we have to put behind us. We’ve got to chisel away at getting better. I do think if we look at our segment of games, last six, seven games, there has been better hockey played. We’ll continue to trend, we’ll continue to get better and we’ve got to find a way to go on a run.
February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
The Toronto Marlies are kicking off the weekend on the road tonight as the Battle of Ontario returns to Belleville.
The Battle is heating up as tonight’s game marks the second meeting between these division rivals this week, and second of four meetings this month. The 12-game regular season series is now even 3-3 after Belleville picked up a 3-1 win over the Marlies on Tuesday. The Senators continue to be hot and are coming into tonight’s game riding a five-game win streak. Following Tuesday’s win, the Senators became the second team in the league to reach the 30 win mark. They remain in first place in the North Division and second in the league with 64 points.
The Marlies continue to struggle to find consistency and currently sit three points shy of a playoff spot. When asked about the Marlies placement in the overall standings following Tuesday’s game, head coach Greg Moore commented “if we’re still looking back at the last four games before tonight, like I had mentioned in previous interviews, we’re starting to build a lot more consistency in our 5-on-5 play. I had mentioned prior as well that special teams had plagued us a little bit, tonight was a part of that again. There’s still positives to build on. It doesn’t happen overnight, we’re going to keep going.”
With important points on the line this weekend, the Marlies will be looking to build on those positives as they get set for a trio of divisional games. Following tonight’s game, they’ll face Rochester and Laval, two teams they’re chasing in the North Division standings.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM tonight on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for live updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (21)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J. Norris (24)
|P. Aberg (35)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Norris (46)
|K. Kaskisuo (12)
||F. Gustavsson (12)