The Marlies kicked off the weekend on the right foot, powering past Belleville in a 7-4 final.
Nic Petan was making his Marlies debut after being loaned from the Maple Leafs earlier today and he was definitely a welcome addition to the Marlies lineup. The Delta, BC native notched the opening goal at 13:23, finishing off a give-and-go play with Kenny Agostino. Ben Harpur added the extra assist on the opening goal. The Senators responded with back-to-back power play goals to jump ahead 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The home team extended their lead to 3-1 at 10:39 of the second period with a goal from Josh Norris. Toronto didn’t let up and the pressure paid off at 13:13 when Jeremy Bracco circled out in front and wired a wrist shot top shelf to make it 3-2. Jesper Lindgren and Petan assisted on Bracco’s first of the season. Just over a minute later, Kenny Agostino finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play from Lindgren and Rasmus Sandin to even the score 3-3. The Senators restored their lead late in the frame and the Marlies would once again head to the dressing room down by one.
The second intermission regroup worked wonders and the Marlies came out firing on all cylinders in the third period. Pontus Aberg even things up 4-4 at 3:51 of the third, burying a sweet feed from Pierre Engvall. At 6:32, Petan notched his second of the game, a power play marker, to put the Marlies ahead by one. At 8:08, Agostino buried his second of the night, redirecting a shot from Petan past Hogberg to make it 6-4. Garrett Wilson added the 7th and final goal at 11:53 of the third, assisted by Pontus Aberg.
Nic Petan and Kenny Agostino each picked up a pair of goals and a pair of assists, earning first and second star honours respectively.
The Marlies are back in action tomorrow to take on the Laval Rocket for a 3:00 PM start.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: N. Petan (1) (K. Agostino, B. Harpur), J. Bracco (1) (J. Lindgren, N. Petan), K. Agostino (3) (J. Lindgren, R. Sandin), P. Aberg (6) (P. Engvall, G. Wilson), N. Petan (2) PP (K. Agostino), K. Agostino (4) (N. Petan, J. Bracco), G. Wilson (3) (P. Aberg)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (26/30)
Belleville: A. Formento (2) PP (M. Veronneau, J. Murray), M. Veronneau (1) PP (J. Davidsson, J. Murray), J. Norris (3) (V. Abramov), A. Formenton (3) (J. Swarz, F. Corrado)
Goaltender: M. Hogberg (32/39)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Nic Petan opened the scoring at 13:23 of the first period and scored the game-winning goal on the power play at 6:32of the third period. He added the secondary assist on Bracco’s second period goal and the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. This was his first four-point career AHL game. Petan skated in four games with the Maple Leafs this season, recording one assist.
- Jeremy Bracco scored at 13:13 of the second period for his first goal of the season and added the secondary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Bracco has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through nine games this season.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 14:52 of the second period and at 8:08 of the third period. He registered the primary assist on Petan’s first period goal and the lone assist on Petan’s third period goal. He has picked up assists (4) in three consecutive games. Agostino has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in six games with the Marlies. Agostino has recorded four or more points in a game five times in his career.
- Pontus Aberg scored at 3:51 of the third period and later added the lone assist on Wilson’s third period goal. He has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in nine games. Aberg leads the Marlies in shots (31).
- Garrett Wilson scored Toronto’s seventh goal at 11:53 of the third period and earlier added the secondary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Wilson has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in consecutive games.
- Ben Harpur collected the secondary assist on Petan’s first period goal. Harpur has two assists in eight games this season.
- Jesper Lindgren recorded the primary assists on Bracco and Agostino’s second period goals.
- Rasmus Sandin picked up the secondary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. This is Sandin’s 50th career AHL game.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 5-0-1-0 on the season with a .924 Save Percentage and a 2.16 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto is the only team in the AHL without a regulation loss (7-0-2-0).
- Toronto was 2-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-4 on the power play. This was Toronto’s first power play goal on the road.
- Toronto had a 39-30 edge in shots in all situations. This is the most shots Toronto has recorded in a single game this season. Nic Petan led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-0-2-0 against North Division opponents and are 2-0-0-0 against the Senators. This is the second of 12 games this season against Belleville.
- The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg (6)
- Assists: J. Bracco (7)
- Points: P. Aberg (11)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (3)
- Shots: P. Aberg (31)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+11)
- PIMS: J. Schmaltz (10)
- Toronto is 6-0-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 1-0-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 1-0-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 5-0-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 2-0-0-0 in Friday games and are 1-0-0-0 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.
- Garret Wilson has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Belleville.
- November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
- October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).
- October 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what changed going into the third period (4 goals):
A lot more energy, effort, enthusiasm. We also got on the forecheck and really started skating and applying pressure which in turn really slowed their team down. They were just playing with a lot of speed in the early going. We weren’t doing anything to cope with that. We felt going into the game that that was going to be an issue, we just weren’t able to deal with it but once we started to really play, (their) speed wasn’t a factor and we were able to play to what we were capable of and with that, just our confidence with the puck really changed because now we had a little bit more time, a little bit more space, our passes were crisp and they were flat. A lot of things started to work out really well for us. It was more a sign of what we were capable of. Obviously, we don’t like the first two periods at all and it’s a sign of how things have been here of late and it’s disappointing that we weren’t able to fix that through a good week of practice but hopefully the third period is something that we can build upon. It was very encouraging in terms of showing what we’re capable of.
On Nic Petan’s debut (2 goals, 2 assists):
Dominant, outstanding with the puck, that’s the Nic Petan that I remember coaching against in the American Hockey League a few years back or whatever it was in Manitoba. When he’s on the ice, he controls the play so his presence today, I think really brought Jeremy Bracco to life as well. I thought it was Brac’s best game of the season thus far. (Petan) was in control, scored two big time goals. It was nice to have him come down with a great attitude. In my conversation with him here today when he arrived with us was great. He wanted to get out there and play hockey and do what he does. He did that very well today and even with a day off yesterday, not skating at all and no skate this morning, showing up in a new environment and coming out here to Belleville and playing, he was fun to watch.
November 2 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. CT
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies continue their annual Royal Road Trip this weekend with back-to-back games, starting with a Battle of Ontario matchup tonight in Belleville.
Toronto (6-0-2) will be looking to bounce back from a pair of overtime losses last weekend, while the Senators (3-5-0) will be looking to get a winning streak started following a 4-3 win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday.
These two teams last met on October 5th, when the Marlies powered past the Senators in a 4-1 final to take a 1-0 lead in the regular season series. The Senators have been fighting an uphill battle since, conceding 32 goals along the way.
As we get deeper into this road trip, special teams will be a focus for Toronto as the Marlies have yet to record a power play goal on the road this season, despite eight opportunities on the man-advantage. On the flip side, the Marlies penalty kill has been dominant, allowing only two goals on the road in 13 shorthanded situations.
After recording a goal and an assist in Sunday’s game in Syracuse, Pontus Aberg now leads the Marlies in scoring with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists), while Egor Korshkov (5-2-7) and Pierre Engvall (2-5-7) are not far behind.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM on AHLTV and fans can check in on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|P. Aberg (5)
E. Korshkov (5)
|Leading Goal Scorers
||D. Batherson (3)
L. Brown (3)
|P. Aberg (9)
||Leading Points Scorer
||D. Batherson (10)
|K. Kaskisuo (4)
||F. Gustavsson (2)