The Toronto Marlies returned to action on Wednesday to host the Belleville Senators for a matinee game at Scotiabank Arena. Although they opened the scoring, the Marlies only managed the one goal as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Senators.
The Marlies saw an early opportunity on the power play as Belleville’s Erik Burgdoefer received a double-minor for high-sticking. The Marlies were unable to capitalize on the ensuing four-minute power play and the game returned to even strength. At the 8:21 mark of the opening frame, Michael Carcone brought the home crowd to their feet, scoring his first goal as a Marlie to get the home team on the board. Minutes later, Belleville would see their first opportunity on the man-advantage as Carl Grundstrom was called for interference. The Marlies penalty kill did their job to keep the Senators off the board as both teams went 0/1 on the power play in the opening frame. The Marlies outshot the Senators 15-8 and held a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Senators came out firing in the second period looking to even the score. At 2:19 Belleville captain, Eric Burgdoerfer beat Kasimir Kaskisuo to get the visitors on the board and even the score 1-1. Past the halfway mark of the frame, the Senators took their first lead as Logan Brown buried a rebound to make it 2-1. The Marlies again went 0/1 on the power play but were 2/2 on the penalty kill.
Penalties cost the Marlies in the third as Christian Wolanin and Jordan Murray scored power play goals to extend Belleville’s lead and seal a 4-1 victory.
The Marlies are back in action on Friday when they visit the Rochester Americans before returning home to host the Charlotte Checkers in for a New Years Eve matinee.
Belleville: E. Burgdoerfer (3) Unassisted), L. Brown (5) (D. Batherson, R. Balcers), C. Wolanin (5) PP (S. Parcy, R. Balcers), J. Murray (5) PP (S. Elliott, M. McCormick) Goaltender: M. Hogberg (31/32)
Toronto: M. Carcone (7) (Unassisted) Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (24/28)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Michael Carcone opened the scoring unassisted at 8:21 of the first period for his first goal as a Marlie. Carcone has 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games this season.
Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 24 of 28 shots faced. Kaskisuo is now 3-5-1-0 on the season with a .866 Save Percentage and a 4.12 Goals Against Average.
The Marlies are 6-5-1-0 on Boxing Day since the 2007-08 season. Toronto has outscored their opponent 30-29.
Toronto went 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
Toronto had a 32-38 edge in shots in all situations.
Michael Carcone and Chris Mueller led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
The Marlies are 10-10-3-2 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-1-0 against the Belleville Senators this season. The Marlies have outscored the Senators 20-18 through five games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: T. Moore (17)
Assists: J. Bracco (20)
Points: C. Mueller (31)
PPG: T. Moore (7)
Shots: T. Moore (92)
+/-: C. Grundstrom (+7)
PIMS: M. Marchment, S. Oleksy (42)
Toronto is 12-4-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
The Marlies are 9-1-1-0 when leading after the first period and 1-11-1-1 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 8-6-2-1 when leading their opponent in shots.
The Marlies are 2-3-0-0 in Wednesday games.
Timothy Liljegren (ankle) did not dress for today’s game. He is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
Calle Rosen (neck) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game on December 19 vs. Binghamton and did not return.
Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game on December 19 vs. Binghamton and did not return.
Rasmus Sandin (World Juniors) did not dress for today’s game.
Morgan Klimchuk did not dress for today’s game. He is serving the final game of a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on December 19 vs. Binghamton.
December 26: Recalled forward Griffen Molino from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
December 23: Recalled forward Trevor Moore from loan by Toronto (NHL).
December 23: Returned forward Trevor Moore on loan from Toronto (NHL).
December 20: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
December 20: Recalled defenceman Alex Gudbranson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
December 18: Recalled defenceman Stefan LeBlanc from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE On today’s game: I thought we had a really good first period. It would have been nice for us to get more than one to show for it on the scoreboard, then I can’t really explain what happened after that in terms of how we came out to play in the second period. Obviously wasn’t very good, but these games are tough to judge frankly, it’s just the nature of them and how you come into it after three days off, no morning skate and that kind of stuff. It’s a tough game to prepare for but I thought we had a great start, in fact we were on our way to good things and then we just didn’t come out to play after that. We’ll move forward from this and have a good practice day tomorrow and get back to work.
December 28 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET
January 4 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
January 5 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 6 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
After a few days off for Christmas, the Marlies (14-11-3-2) return to action today to host the Belleville Senators (13-17-2-0) at Scotiabank Arena. Coming off a 2-0 win over the Laval Rocket on Saturday, the Marlies will be looking to get a streak going and pick up a crucial two-points in a tight north division.
The Marlies and Senators have met four times this season, splitting the series two games apiece. Although the battle of Ontario has been a close one with the previous two contests needing an overtime decision, home ice advantage has proved favourable for the Marlies. In their previous match up and first meeting at Coca-Cola Coliseum, the Marlies edged the Senators 1-0 in overtime. Outside of that loss, the Senators have struggled on the road this season with a 4-11-2-0 away record and are coming into today’s game fresh off back-to-back losses in Cleveland.
Players to watch: Chris Mueller is among the top five points leaders in the league and continues to lead the Marlies with 31 points in 28 games. Jeremy Bracco leads the team in assists (20) and is second in team scoring with 27 points.
Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 PM and fans can catch all the action on Leafs Nation Network, Sportsnet 360 or AHLTV.
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