Mason Marchment potted a pair of goals on the power play but the Marlies lost a hard-fought, back-and-forth Battle of Ontario matchup Friday night in Belleville.
The Senators opened the scoring at the 2:11 mark of the first as Christian Wolanin scored, but Timothy Liljegren had the response midway through the opening frame as he put away the shot after a nice pass from Sam Gagner. Pierre Engvall had the second assist on Liljegren’s second of the year.
Unfortunately, Erik Burgdoerfer would score another for the Senators and they led 2-1 at the intermission.
That didn’t last long though as Dmytro Timashov tied things up after breaking away from the Belleville blueliners and broke in to tap in the puck after a cross-ice pass from Chris Mueller. Frank Corrado had the secondary helper on Timashov’s fourth of the season.
Andreas Borgman put the Marlies ahead 34 seconds later, connecting on the one-timer after a nice pass from Jeremy Bracco. Timashov added an assist.
Belleville would pull even on a Drake Batherson goal at the 8:39 mark of the second, but Corrado put the Marlies back in front less than a minute later, cruising to the back door undetected and burying the shot. Bracco and Rasmus Sandin earned assists.
The Senators would fight back late in the second and goals by Rudolfs Balcers and Filip Chlapik gave Belleville a 5-4 lead heading to the third.
Marchment netted his first of the night less than two minutes into the final frame, tipping an Adam Cracknell shot to pull things even. Calle Rosen had the second assist.
Ten minutes later, Marchment scored his second with a beauty backhand from the top of the crease on the power play. Engvall and Rosen had the helpers to put the Marlies ahead.
Adam Tambellini had a quick response for Belleville to tie the game before Francois Beauchemin scored in the dying minutes leading to the 7-6 final on Friday.
With the result, the Marlies move to 4-5-0-2 on the season and Belleville sits at 6-7-0-0.
The two teams will get right back at it tomorrow in the second half of back-to-back games in Belleville.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET
Toronto: T. Liljegren (2) (S. Gagner, P. Engvall), D. Timashov (4) (C. Mueller, F. Corrado), A. Borgman (2) (J. Bracco, D. Timashov), F. Corrado (1) (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), M. Marchment (2) PP (A. Cracknell, C. Rosen), M. Marchment (3) PP (P. Engvall, C. Rosen)
Goaltender: J. Glass (17/24)
Belleville: C. Wolanin (2) (R. Balcers, D. Batherson), E. Burgdoerfer (2) (C. Balisy, C. Wolanin), D. Batherson (6) PP (A. Tambellini, C. Wolanin), R. Balcers (5) (D. Batherson), F. Chlapik (2) PP (D. Batherson, C. Wolanin), A. Tambellini (6) (A. Englund, D. Batherson), F. Beauchemin (3) (C. Wolanin, D. Batherson)
Goaltender: M. Condon (17/23)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Timothy Liljegren opened the scoring for Toronto at 9:04 of the first period. Liljegren has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games this season.
- Dmytro Timashov scored at 4:44 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on Borgman’s second period goal. Timashov has scored a goal in two consecutive games. Timashov has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) this season.
- Andreas Borgman scored at 5:18 of the second period. This is Borgman’s third consecutive game recording a point (1 goal, 3 assists).
- Frank Corrado scored at 9:30 of the second period and earlier added the secondary assist on Timashov’s second period goal. This was Corrado’s first game for the Marlies this season.
- Mason Marchment scored at 1:33 and at 11:39 of the third period, both goals on the power play. This was the third consecutive game Marchment has recorded a point (3 goals, 1 assist).
- Sam Gagner recorded the primary assist on Liljegren’s first period goal. Gagner has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) through 11 games this season.
- Pierre Engvall registered the secondary assist on Liljegren’s first period goal and the primary assist on Marchment’s second power play goal. Engvall has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in nine games this season.
- Chris Mueller had the primary assist on Timashov’s second period goal. Mueller has recorded a point in 10 of his 11 games this season. Mueller has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in nine games.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assists on Borgman’s and Corrado’s second period goals. Bracco has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) through 11 games this season.
- Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Corrado’s second period goal. Sandin has recorded a point in each game since his American Hockey League-debut. He has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in three games.
- Adam Cracknell had the primary assist on Marchment’s first power play goal in the third period. Cracknell has eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games this season.
- Calle Rosen recorded the secondary assists on both of Marchment’s second period power play goals. Rosen leads the Marlies in assists (9).
- Jeff Glass stopped 17 of 24 shots. Glass is now 3-3-1-0 on the season with a .857 Save Percentage and a 3.99 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 2-for-7 on the power play.
- Belleville had a 24-23 edge in shots in all situations.
- Mason Marchment led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 3-5-0-2 against North Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the Belleville Senators this season. The Marlies will play the Senators three times on the road in eight days (Nov. 9, Nov. 10, Nov. 16).
- The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play five games from November 2 to 16 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: T. Moore (8)
Assists: C. Rosen (9)
Points: T. Moore (11)
PPG: S. Gagner, C. Grundstrom, M. Marchment (2)
Shots: S. Gagner (36)
+/-: C. Grundstrom, C. Rosen (+4)
PIMS: M. Marchment, A. Nielsen, D. Timashov (12)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On questions coming out of tonight’s game:
Same ones that we’ve been having for most of the season. We’ve play 11 games here now and we’ve played three of them that were good games and three of them that we think we’re capable of playing. So, we’re 3-for-11 in that regard. I think there’s just been a lot of questions all year and I think it’s time that we start having some answers.
On who the hockey club can look to for those answers:
Coaching staff, first and foremost. We’re responsible for getting this team prepared and we’ve had two long weeks here of practice to prepare for this game and our game last week and both times our team did not come well prepared to play. So, that’s on our coaching staff. We’ve got to do a better job as a group to have these guys ready. We’re back at it here again tomorrow night and we’re hoping a better version of ourselves arrives.
November 10 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 13 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
November 16 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Binghamton – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 18 vs Binghamton – 4:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
The Toronto Marlies are back in action after a week-long break Friday night in Belleville as the next chapter of the Battle of Ontario begins this season.
The Marlies (4-4-0-2) enter play having earned at least a point in five consecutive games coming off a 7-6 shootout win in Cleveland last Friday.
Belleville (5-7-0-0) are on a two-game losing streak, suffering a 6-1 loss to Syracuse in their last outing. The Senators are 3-3-0-0 at home this year while the Marlies are 1-1-0-2 on the road.
Trevor Moore is off to a flying start for the Marlies, recording 8 goals and 11 points in 10 games this season. Three players are tied for second in team scoring with 9 points: Sam Gagner (5G, 4A), Carl Grundstrom (3G, 6A) and Chris Mueller (3G, 6A).
Rookie Drake Batherson is leading the Senators with 13 points (5G, 8A) while Rudolfs Balcers (4G, 5A) and Adam Tambellini (5G, 3A) are supporting the Senators scoring.
When the puck drops tonight, both teams will be looking to improve their performance on the penalty kill – and alternatively, look to score on the power play – as the Marlies enter play with a 78.9% success rate on the PK and Belleville are at 77.8%.
Though the two sides have yet to face each other this season, the Marlies went 9-3-0-0 against the Senators last season.
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Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|T. Moore (8)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||D. Batherson, A. Tambellini (5)
|T. Moore (11)
||Leading Points Scorer
||D. Batherson (13)
|J. Glass (3)
||M. McKenna (3)