Jeremy Bracco opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the first period, burying a sweet feed from Timothy Liljegren. Sam Jardine picked up the secondary assist on Bracco’s 17thof the season. The Senators answered back just over a minute later as Jim O’Brien beat Hutchinson with his first goal of the season. The Marlies outshot the Senators 11-6 in the opening 20 minutes, but the deadlock continued through the remainder of the frame.
Marlies goaltender Michael Hutchinson did not return to the game for precautionary reasons and Kasimir Kaskisuo jumped in to start the second period. Vincent LoVerde put the Marlies in front at 9:53 of the second period, wiring home a wrist shot from the slot. Rasmus Sandin and Adam Brooks assisted on the goal. The Senators responded at 15:30 as Vitaly Abramov scored his 14thof the season to even the score 2-2. The Marlies converted on a power play opportunity late in the frame to restore their lead. Adam Brooks picked up the power play goal after finding the loose puck and banging it past Marcus Hogberg to give the Marlies a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame. Nicholas Baptiste and Jeremy Bracco assisted on Brooks’ 16thof the season.
The Senators pulled off the comeback in the third period, adding two goals and an empty-netter to seal a 5-3 win.
The Marlies will head out on the road this weekend for a three in three starting with a Friday night tilt against the Hershey Bears.
Belleville: J. O’Brien (1) (J. Rodewald, J. Murray), V. Abramov (14) (A. Tambellini, J. Rosewald), D. Batherson (20) (L. Brown, N. Paul), N. Paul (14) (D. Batherson, L. Brown), D. Batherson (21) EN (N. Paul, E. Burgdoerfer) Goaltender: M. Hogberg (22/25)
Toronto: J. Bracco (17) (T. Liljegren, S. Jardine), V. LoVerde (3) (R. Sandin, A. Brooks), A. Brooks (16) PP (N. Baptiste, J. Bracco) Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (5/6), K. Kaskisuo (28/31)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Jeremy Bracco opened the scoring 31 seconds into the first period and later added the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period power play goal. Bracco has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in his last 11 games.
Vincent LoVerde scored at 9:53 of the second period. LoVerde has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 62 games this season.
Adam Brooks scored on the power play at 17:40 of the second period and earlier added the secondary assist on LoVerde’s second period goal. Brooks has collected six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last seven games. This is his ninth multipoint game of the season.
Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Bracco’s first period goal. Liljegren has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last four games.
Sam Jardine registered the secondary assist on Bracco’s opening goal in the first period. Jardine has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 34 games this season.
Rasmus Sandin picked up the primary assist on LoVerde’s second period goal. Sandin has recorded a point (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
Nicholas Baptiste had the primary assist on Brooks’ second period power play goal. Baptiste has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 61 games this season.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 5 of 6 shots he faced. Hutchinson’s record with the Marlies is now 10-3-3-0 on the season with a .919 Save Percentage and a 2.60 Goals Against Average. Kasimir Kaskisuo replaced Hutchinson to start the second period, stopping 28 of 31 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 9-8-2-1 on the season with a .886 Save Percentage and a 3.35 Goals Against Average.
Jeremy Bracco’s goal was Toronto fastest of the season (31 seconds). Earlier this season, Dmytro Timashov scored at 34 seconds against the Cleveland Monsters (Nov. 28, 2018).
Toronto is 17-7-3-2 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 93-79, facing 14 different teams. In 22 of 29 games, Toronto has earned a point (39).
Toronto went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
Belleville had a 38-25 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 22-14-6-3 against North Division opponents and are 3-4-3-0 against the Senators. Belleville has outscored Toronto 42-37 through 10 games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: C. Mueller (24)
Assists: J. Bracco (45)*
Points: J. Bracco (62)
PPG: C. Mueller (11)
Shots: N. Baptiste (134)
+/-: C. Rosen (+10)
PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
Toronto is 26-7-1-2 when recording the first goal of the game.
The Marlies are 8-5-3-1 when tied after the first period and 23-1-1-1 when leading after the second period.
Toronto is 15-10-2-2 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 2-2-0-0 in Monday games and are 3-1-0-1 in March.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Jeremy Bracco has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
Vincent LoVerde has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
Rasmus Sandin has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on February 16 against Springfield.
Frank Corrado (knee) did not dress for today’s game. He has not appeared for Toronto since February 5 against Belleville.
Michael Hutchinson (precautionary) did not return to Toronto’s game today following the first period. Kasimir Kaskisuo replaced him for the start of the second period.
Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
Chris Mueller (hamstring) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 10 against Belleville.
Calle Rosen (foot) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 22 against Syracuse.
March 7: Returned forward Brady Ferguson on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
March 7: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
March 3: Recalled defenceman Kristians Rubins from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the tight match up with Belleville:
Well they’re a good team, they’ve established that especially here since they’ve gotten healthy and made moves. Since late January, they’ve been the top team in the league here. It makes for competitive games and today was no different.
On the second and third period: I thought we were exhausted. Frankly, I thought it was the second period that got us. That’s really where we started to get tired and then we just didn’t have anything left there in the third at all but I don’t think the third was nearly as bad as the second was. But it went in the net in the third period so it’s disappointing when you play in these games with the state of our lineup as it is here right now, you need to play a perfect game and everything needs to go your way. We scored first, so we got that box checked and then they scored on special teams, a four-on-four goal and a power play goal so all those things happened, but then you can’t give up a soft one like we did early, you can’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone in the second period like we did because it’s hard to get the game back and you can’t be head-butting people. Those type of things really work against you and with our lineup as it is here right now it’s just too much to ask of the guys that we’re relying on.
No update other than he just wasn’t feel right and he reported that, so they told me we had to take him out and make a change which we did and they’re going to spend some time with him and get a real sense of what it means going forward.
NEXT GAME: .
March 15 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 16 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 at WB/Scranton – 3:05 p.m. ET
March 20 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 23 vs Rochester – 5:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies and Senators meet for their 10th of 12 meetings this regular season today as the Battle of Ontario returns to Scotiabank Arena.
After picking up a point in yesterday’s shootout loss to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Toronto Marlies are now riding a four-game point streak with three wins in their past five games, and seven in their last 10. They currently sit third in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 74 points.
The Senators will be looking to get back in the win column today after back-to-back road losses to the Cleveland Monsters. They continue to battle it out with Utica for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. Both teams are tied with 67 points.
Belleville has proven to be a tough opponent for the Marlies so far this season as they currently hold a 6-3 lead in the regular season series. Their past three meetings, and five of nine contests between these Ontario rivals this season, have required extra time.
Players to watch: Michael Carcone (two goals, two assists), Dmytro Timashov (three goals) and Rasmus Sandin (one goal, three assists) all have points in three consecutive games. Jeremy Bracco recorded an assist yesterday on Timashov’s power play goal, bringing him to 44 assists on the season which leads the AHL. Belleville rookie Drake Batherson has registered a point in every game he’s appeared in against the Marlies this season. He has recorded 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in seven games against Toronto and leads the Senators with 52 points (19 goals, 33 assists).
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