The Marlies extended their win streak to three straight Friday night, defeating the Belleville Senators in the first half of a home-and-home between the North Division rivals. Mason Marchment put the Marlies on the board at 19:13 of the first period to even the score 1-1. The goal was assisted by Kenny Agostino. Kasimir Kaskisuo faced 14 shots on goal in the first period and made some key saves to keep the score even after 20 minutes of play.
The Senators restored their lead early in the second period but the Marlies continued to keep things close and answered back at 9:22. Kenny Agostino capitalized on a power play opportunity, burying the loose puck in a frenzy in the Senators’ crease. Marchment and Adam Brooks recorded the assists on Agostino’s 22nd of the season. Late in the frame, Egor Korshkov gave the Marlies their first lead of the night beating Joey Daccord with a beauty backhand through the five hole. Kristians Rubins and Matt Read assisted on Korshkov’s 13th of the season. The Marlies held the Senators to only four shots on goal in the middle stanza, and held a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame.
Matt Read sealed at 4-2 win for Toronto at 8:46 of the third period, burying the puck after it came off the back boards right onto his stick in front of the Belleville net. Garrett Wilson and Rubins provided the helpers.
The Marlies will be back on home ice tomorrow to close out this home-and-home against Belleville. Puck drops at 4:00 PM at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: M. Marchment (12) (K. Agostino), K. Agostino (22) PP (M. Marchment, A. Brooks), E. Korshkov (13) (K. Rubins, M. Read), M. Read (8) (G. Wilson, K. Rubins)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (26/28)
Belleville: J. Dougherty (4) (V. Abramov, J. Szwarz), V. Abramov (16) (J. Murray)
Goaltender: J. Daccord (29/33)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Mason Marchment put the Marlies on the board at 19:13 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. He has seven goals in his last four games. Marchment has 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists) through 23 games.
- Kenny Agostino scored on the power play at 9:22 of the second period and earlier had the lone assist on Marchment’s first period goal. He has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games. Agostino has 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 41 games this season.
- Egor Korshkov scored at 18:17 of the first period. This was his first career AHL game-winning goal. Korshkov has 20 points (13 goals, 7 assists) in 34 games with the Marlies.
- Matt Read scored at 8:46 of the third period and earlier added the secondary assist on Korshkov’s second period goal. He has goals (3) in three consecutive games. Read has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 36 games this season.
- Adam Brooks recorded the secondary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Brooks has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) through 27 games this season.
- Kristians Rubins registered the primary assist on Korshkov’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Read’s third period goal. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. Rubins has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) through 37 games this season.
- Garret Wilson had the primary assist on Read’s third period goal. This was his 200th career AHL point. Wilson has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 41 games this season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 14-8-2-1 on the season with a .909 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average.
- Toronto was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. This is the third consecutive game Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill (15/15).
- Toronto had a 33-28 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with seven shots on goal for the second consecutive game.
- The Marlies are 13-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 4-4-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 31-26 through eight games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (22)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (38)
- PPG: K. Agostino, N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (123)
- +/-: P. Aberg (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
- The Marlies are 7-7-0-0 when tied after the first period and 17-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-8-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 6-5-0-0 in Friday games and are 3-3-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has points (7-1-8) in four consecutive games.
- Matt Read has points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
- Kristians Rubins has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Garrett Wilson has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- 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.
- Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.
- February 14: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 14: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Returned goaltender Parker Gahagen on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
It was probably one of the best performances for our team sticking to the game plan and being disciplined within it. Kas did a heck of a job in the first period, keeping us in the game and letting the team find it and build their confidence. Then the second period, we had three, four, five shifts in a row where we were in the o-zone, we wore the team down a bit and started to build momentum.
On building the team’s confidence with recent success:
It’s really big, it’s really important. It’s a really big month for us. Thought the team was building a lot of confidence prior to these three games. They saw a lot of the good stuff they were doing and like we’ve talked a lot about, not getting the results. Really happy for them now to be getting the results and start reaping the rewards of the hard work of the last five, six weeks.
On how the team kept momentum with 11 penalties called during the game:
Yeah, it’s really hard, even another reason to be proud of the group for staying in it, staying with it and not allowing the back-and-forth penalty calls to throw them off their game or lose momentum when we had it.
On a strong third period effort:
Well those are lessons learned from the losses we’ve had in the past. They’re starting to figure out what is needed and what it takes, a full 60 minutes and how to manage a game with a lead in the third period and they’re starting to execute.
February 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 22 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
February 26 vs Cleveland – 11:00 a.m. ET
The Marlies are back on the road tonight, kicking off a home-and-home with the Belleville Senators.
Toronto picked up an important four points this past weekend following back-to-back wins over North Division rivals, the Rochester Americans and the Laval Rocket. It’s a tight race as teams in the North Division continue to jockey for playoff positioning, and the road ahead doesn’t get any easier as the Marlies face off against North Division opponents in each of their upcoming 10 games. As it stands, the Marlies, Syracuse Crunch and Laval Rocket are even with 53 points; the Marlies sit in fourth place with two games in hand. Building off these most recent back-to-back wins will be important as Toronto looks to go on a run down this next stretch of games, in hopes of solidifying a spot in the postseason.
The Senators continue to be one of the hottest teams in the league and come into tonight’s game riding a seven-game win streak. They’ve won nine of their previous 10 and sit atop the North Division standings with 68 points. Belleville recently took a 4-3 lead in the 12-game regular season series against Toronto, and the Marlies will want to bounce back from that 7-4 loss and even up the series at four apiece.
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 (25)
|P. Aberg (38)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Norris (50)
|K. Kaskisuo (13)
||F. Gustavsson (13)