Looking to bounce back from a loss on Wednesday, the Marlies returned to action Friday night for their first of back-to-back games in Belleville. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for the blue and white as they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Senators.
The Marlies had an early opportunity on the power play as Drake Batherson was called for slashing. The power play unit couldn’t convert on the man-advantage, and things went the other way right as the penalty to Batherson expired. Cody Goloubef found Batherson coming out of the box and he fed Max McCormick who made no mistake beating Kasimir Kaskisuo to open the scoring. At 6:42, Colin Greening evened the score 1-1 after the puck came off the back boards and onto his stick. He roofed the puck past Marcus Hogberg to get the Marlies on the board. Andreas Borgman and Dmytro Timashov assisted on Greening’s fourth of the season. At 16:58, the Senators restored their lead with a goal from Tobias Lindberg. The Senators outshot the Marlies 10-6 in the opening frame and held a 2-1 lead on the scoresheet.
An interference penalty early in the second cost the Marlies as the Senators scored on the power play to extend their lead 3-1. The Marlies came back within one at 12:05 as Hogberg got caught behind his net and surrendered the puck to Gabriel Gagne who fed Carl Grundstrom out in front with the cage wide open. The assist was Gagne’s first point with the Marlies. The Marlies struggled from then on and Senators added three unanswered goals to really put things out of reach.
The Marlies and Senators will go head-to-head again tomorrow night as the Marlies close out their five-game road trip.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET
Toronto: C. Greening (4) (A. Borgman, D. Timashov), C. Grundstrom (13) PP (G. Gagné, S. LeBlanc)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/34)
Belleville: M. McCormick (6) (D. Batherson, C. Goloubef), T. Lindberg (5) (J. LaBate, A. Luchuk), F. Chlapik (11) PP (A. Tambellini, A. Luchuk), R. Balcers (15) SH (F. Chlapik, A. Englund), L. Brown (8) PP (D. Batherson, C. Wolanin), S. Elliott (4) (C. Wolanin, R. Balcers)
Goaltender: M. Hogberg (23/25)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Colin Greening put Toronto on the board at 6:42 of the first period with his fourth of the season. Greening has recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in consecutive games.
- Carl Grundstrom scored on the power play at 12:05 of the second period. Grundstrom has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) on the power play.
- Andreas Borgman recorded the primary assist on Greening’s first period goal. Borgman has 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) through 29 games this season.
- Dmytro Timashov registered the secondary assist on Greening first period goal. Timashov has 10 assists in his last 12 games.
- Gabriel Gagné picked up the primary assist on Grundstrom’s second period power play goal. This was his first point as a Marlie.
- Stefan LeBlanc had the secondary assist on Grundstrom’s second period power play goal. LeBlanc has seven assists in 15 games this season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 34 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 6-7-1-0 on the season with a .870 Save Percentage and a 3.73 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Belleville had a 34-25 edge in shots in all situations. Andreas Borgman, Carl Grundstrom, Mason Marchment and Chris Mueller led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- Toronto’s away record is 12-5-1-3 and the team is second in the AHL in scoring on the road (100).
- The Marlies are 14-13-3-3 against North Division opponents and are 2-3-1-0 against the Senators. Bellebville has outscored Toronto 24-22.
- The Marlies are currently on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on February 1. Toronto is 2-1-0-1 and have outscored their opponents 16-15.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: T. Moore, C. Mueller (19)
- Assists: J. Bracco (31)*
- Points: J. Bracco (42)
- PPG: C. Mueller (9)
- Shots: S. Gagner (112)
- +/-: C. Grundstrom (+9)
- PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
- The Marlies are 2-12-2-2 when trailing after the first period and 1-15-1-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-8-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 6-4-1-2 in Saturday games and are 6-3-0-1 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Colin Greening has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
- Carl Grundstrom has points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games.
- Michael Carcone (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He served a match penalty in the third period of Toronto’s game on January 12 against Rochester and did not return.
- Timothy Liljegren (ankle) did not dress for tonight’s game. He is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
- Steve Oleksy (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game on January 5 against Syracuse and did not return.
- Rasmus Sandin (elbow sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game following an injury sustained during the World Juniors.
- January 24: Returned forward Trevor Moore on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 23: Recalled forward Trevor Moore from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- January 18: Loaned forward Emerson Clark to Allen (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Belleville jumping out to an early lead:
We did a good job of responding after that, I felt. We were right there hanging around in the game but obviously with the penalties is where the game got away on us. Their power play gave it to us pretty good today. Overall, it was a pretty thorough ass-kicking. We’re going to have to regroup here real quickly. We’ve got one more day of work here before we get a nice break. We had a chance to be humbled here quite a bit and that’s two games in a row we just didn’t have it. That was clearly a tired team verses a rested team out there. We’ve got to find a way to get some energy, get 60 minutes of good, hard work in before we break.
On the Belleville power play:
Lots of skill, moving the puck around a lot. They move the puck at different depths, they shoot it well as well. I just thought that we had to penalty kill too much today, that was our biggest issue, giving them too many opportunities of power play time. Our penalty kill guys got worn down and guys who don’t get on the penalty kill sat on the bench for very long stretches so the game just got away on us on that front. We’ve got to stay out of the penalty box to give ourselves a chance and we’ve got play better in our areas. We just were not good enough in our area today to beat a team that to me is much improved team with the moves they’ve made, revamped their defence and got some guys back from Ottawa here during the (NHL) break and that’s as good a lineup as we’ve seen from them and it showed.
January 26 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 2 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 5 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 9 vs Springfield – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies (21-15-3-3) continue their Boat Show road trip with a stop in Belleville for back-to-back games against the Senators (19-23-2-0). The Marlies kicked off their five-game road trip with back-to-back wins over the league-leading Charlotte Checkers before dropping a 6-5 shootout decision to the Cleveland Monsters on Wednesday. They’ll be looking to get back in the win column as tonight when the Battle of Ontario returns to Belleville.
The Senators are 4-6 in their previous ten contests and are coming into tonight’s game fresh off a 5-2 win over the Utica Comets. These North Division rivals have met five time this season with two of those games requiring an overtime decision. In their most recent meeting on Boxing Day, the Senators topped the Marlies 4-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the season series.
Players to watch: After recording a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s game, Jeremy Bracco leap-frogged Chris Mueller to take the team lead in points with 42. He has five points in his last three games and is tied for the league lead in assists with 31. Jake Rodewald has recorded six points in his last three games and leads the Senators with 33 points.
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Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|C. Mueller (19)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J. Rodewald (15)
|J. Bracco (42)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Rodewald (33)
|E. McAdam (9)
||F. Gustavsson (11)