Marlies Complete Dramatic Comeback Against Belleville
The Toronto Marlies didn’t get the start they wanted today, finding themselves in a four-goal deficit just past the halfway mark of the opening frame. The Senators came out flying as they looked to bounce back from yesterday’s loss to Toronto and put up four goals in just under 6 minutes to take a commanding lead. At 15:57 of the first period, Scott Pooley and Joseph Duszak converted on a two on one to get the Marlies on the board and cut the deficit to 4-1. With only four shots in that opening frame, the Marlies needed the first intermission to regroup and hopefully right the ship in the second period.
The Marlies came out with more energy in the second period, but were put back on their heels when the Senators scored at 6:49 to make it 5-1. Mason Marchment then scored on a power play at 9:55 to make it 5-2. He has eight goals in his last five games. Marchment has 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists) through 24 games. Later in the frame, Mac Hollowell buried a rebound on the doorstep to bring the Marlies within two. Matt Read and Garrett Wilson assisted on the goal.
Hollowell struck again early in the third period as the Marlies continued to climb their way back into it. Hollowell’s second of the game brought the Marlies within one for the first time of the game. Belleville scored at 7:05 to restore a two-goal cushion as Jordan Szwarz potted his second of the game. Late in the frame the Marlies put on the pressure and it paid off as Matt Read brought the home team back within one at 17:26. With time winding down and an extra skater on the ice for the Marlies, Adam Brooks brought the crowd to their feet as he wired a one-timer past Filip Gustavsson to tie the game and force overtime.
Egor Korshkov provided the overtime heroics at 1:01 of extra time, with a beautiful dangle around Gustavsson to complete the comeback. Korshkov has scored the game-winning goal in consecutive games. Korshkov has 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists) in 35 games with the Marlies.
The Marlies will be back in action on Monday for a Family Day game against the Binghamton Devils.
Belleville: J. Szwarz (14) (A. Formenton, J. Murray), J. Norris (26) (M. Klimchuk, J. Murray), J. Aspirot (2) (E. Brannstrom, J. Szwarz), V. Abramov (17) (Unassisted), J. LaBate (7) (J. Murray, P. Kelly), J. Szwarz (15) (A. Formenton) Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (21/28)
Toronto: S. Pooley (7) (J. Duszak, T. Gaudet), M. Marchment (13) PP (J. Duszak, K. Agostino), M. Hollowell (2) (M. Read, G. Wilson), M. Hollowell (3) (H. Elynuik, S. Pooley), M. Read (9) (M. Hollowell, S. Pooley), A. Brooks (9) (J. Duszak, T. MacMaster), E. Korshkov (14) (J. Duszak, T. MacMaster) Goaltender: J. Woll (30/36)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Scott Pooley put the Marlies on the board at 15:17 of the first period. He later added the secondary assists on Hollowell and Read’s third period goals. This is Pooley’s first career AHL three-point game. Pooley has nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) through 21 games this season.
Mason Marchment scored on the power play at 9:55 of the second period. He has eight goals in his last five games. Marchment has 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists) through 24 games.
Mac Hollowell scored at 18:20 of the second period and 1:51 of the third period. He added the primary assist on Read’s third period goal. This is his first career AHL three-point game.
Joseph Duszak recorded four primary assists including on Korshkov’s game-winner in overtime. This is Duszak’s first AHL career four-point game. Duszak has ten points (1 goal, 9 assists) in his last six games.
Matt Read scored at 17:26 of the third period and earlier picked up the primary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. He has goals (4) in four consecutive games. Read has 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 37 games this season.
Adam Brooks scored the game-tying goal at 19:43 of the third period. Brooks has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) through 29 games this season.
Egor Korshkov scored at 1:01 of overtime. He has scored the game-winning goal in consecutive games. Korshkov has 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists) in 35 games with the Marlies
Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Pooley’s first period goal.
Kenny Agostino had the secondary assist on Marchment’s second period power play goal. He has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. Agostino has 39 points (22 goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season.
Garret Wilson recorded the secondary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. Wilson has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 42 games this season.
Hudson Elynuik registered the primary assist on Hollowell’s third period goal.
Tanner MacMaster picked up the secondary assists on Brooks’ third period goal and Korshkov’s overtime goal. MacMaster has points (3-7-10) in his last 11 games.
Joseph Woll stopped 30 of 36 shots he faced. Woll is now 9-11-2-1 on the season with a .887 save percentage and a 3.65 goals against average. Woll was selected as first star of the game.
Toronto is 11-0-0-1 when scoring five or more goals.
The Marlies are now 3-3 in overtime games. Pontus Aberg and Kenny Agostino have scored Toronto’s two other overtime winning goals.
Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play. This is the fourth consecutive game Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill (17/17).
Belleville had a 36-28 edge in shots in all situations. Joseph Duszak and Mason Marchment led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
The Marlies are 12-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 5-4-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 38-32 through nine games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: K. Agostino (22)
Assists: J. Bracco (30)
Points: K. Agostino (39)
PPG: K. Agostino, N. Petan (6)
Shots: P. Aberg (124)
+/-: P. Aberg (+11)
PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
HOME SWEET HOME
Toronto’s home record is 17-8-0-0 (34 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
The Marlies have outscored their opponents 92-68. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (8-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (6-5-0-0) have combined to make 590 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies are 8-11-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-15-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 18-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
The Marlies are 10-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 4-3-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Kenny Agostino has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
Adam Brooks has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Egor Korshkov has goals (3) in three consecutive games.
Mason Marchment has points (8-1-9) in five consecutive games.
Matt Read has points (4-2-6) in four consecutive games.
Garrett Wilson has assists (3) in three 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: A lot of good things for a team to build confidence to find a way to get back into a game. Joseph Woll was unbelievable tonight. We kind of hung him out to dry early in the game, especially in the first period. He made some really good saves. It’s not like the goals were weak goals, we just were giving up too much. We finally found our game. Joe continued to battle for us and give us confidence to come back in it, and the offence came. The guys started to play the right way and do the things that needed to find those goals.
On the first period timeout with Toronto down 4-0: It didn’t feel like I needed to yell too much. I think they knew themselves that the effort wasn’t there. The execution of the game plan that we had followed the day before that brought us success was not being executed. So just a reminder of a few points of what we needed to do to get back to playing our game. And I could sense that they were all disappointed in how they started and they started to turn it on from there.
On Joseph Duszak, Mac Hollowell and Scott Pooley’s performance tonight: Great. Any time you can get depth guys that come up in the organization have huge impacts for you in a game is great signs of the development process here within this organization. Really happy for their success tonight in helping our team.
On Adam Brooks’ tying goal and leaving in overtime due to injury:
Huge goal…Everybody loves him. You can tell that all his teammates are rooting for him every day. He’s such a good person. He brings a lot of positive life and energy in the room with everybody so it’s good to see everybody else’s reaction and how excited they were for him and that goal. In terms of injury, it’s too early for me to know or have gotten a report on what’s going on.
On what has led to Mason Marchment’s recent success: Get to the net. He’s really good at net-front presence and just getting around the paint and being difficult and strong and big to play down there and plays with a little bit of an edge. He does a good job getting teams off their game so he gets to the net and guys are more focused on him than actually playing the game and it gives him more time and space to make plays.
GARRETT WILSON (1 ASSIST)
On what Toronto did differently in the final two periods: We just played with a little more urgency. We knew we had to take a couple risks to get some offence going and it paid off for us and Woll made some huge saves for us back at the final line of defence there. We fed off it and we were able to get one on the power play. PK was great, so it was just a nice team win there.
On Egor Korshkov’s overtime goal:
Yeah, I think he only scores highlight reels. It’d be nice to see him get a garbage one here every once in a while and make us feel a little bit better. He’s a skilled player, big body, and he’s a hell of a player.
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
February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies are back in action today for the second half of a home-and-home with the Belleville Senators.
Toronto evened up the Battle of Ontario regular season series last night, doubling up on the Senators 4-2. Mason Marchment kept his streak alive, scoring the Marlies’ opening goal late in the first period. He has seven goals in his last four games and 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists) through 23 games. Matt Read sealed the win for the Marlies, scoring the lone goal of the third period. Read has goals (3) in three consecutive games and 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 36 games this season. Toronto was a perfect 6/6 on the penalty kill last night. It was the third consecutive game Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill (15/15).
Yesterday’s win for Toronto snapped the Senators’ seven-game win streak, and they’ll certainly be looking to respond in today’s rematch. Belleville leads the division and the conference with 58 points.
These divisional wins are huge for the Marlies who are looking to find consistency through this important stretch of games. When asked about the team’s confidence with recent success, head coach Greg Moore commented “it’s really big, it’s really important.” “It’s a really big month for us,” he continued. “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.”
Puck drops at 4:00 PM today on Leafs Nation Network. The game will also be streamed live in the Maple Leafs app.