Marlies Blank Devils in Binghamton to Set Franchise Record
The Toronto Marlies set a new franchise record with their eighth straight win on Saturday, downing the Devils by a 3-0 final on the road.
The Marlies struck early in the contest and maintained a strong shutdown game to prevail with the shutout victory.
Andreas Johnsson capitalized on an errant pass just over a minute into tonight’s game, breaking in alone and making a quick move to the five-hole as he opened the scoring.
Minutes later, Jean Dupuy scored his first goal as a Marlie after playing a give-and-go off the boards to himself and racing in on goal. Calle Rosen had the sole assist on Dupuy’s first marker this season.
With under three minutes left in the first, Jeremy Bracco converted on a power play chance, chipping away at a loose puck from the side of the net and sliding home his fourth of the season. Bracco’s goal was assisted by Johnsson and Kerby Rychel.
The 3-0 lead at the first intermission would prove to be all the Marlies needed, as Calvin Pickard made 23 saves for his first shutout as a Marlie. With the victory, Pickard now holds a 13-5-0-0 record this season, .930 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average.
Johnsson’s two-point effort gives him 17 goals and 29 points on the season.
Following Saturday’s win, the Marlies became the first team in the league to reach 30 wins and improve to a 30-11-0-0 record. They have now won five straight on the road and hold a 19-4-0-0 record away from home this season.
There’s little time to rest as the Marlies will now head to Bridgeport for a 5:00 puck drop tomorrow night against the Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.
Fans can tune in to that game on AHL Live and Marlies Radio.
Toronto: A. Johnsson (17) (Unassisted), J. Dupuy (1) (C. Rosén), J. Bracco (4) PP (A. Johnsson, K. Rychel)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (23/23)
Binghamton: No goals
Goaltender: M. Blackwood (21/24)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring unassisted at 1:08 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Bracco’s power play goal. The Marlies are 20-2-0-0 when Johnsson registers a point.
- Jean Dupuy scored his first goal of the season at 5:49 of the first period. Dupuy has played eight games this season with the Marlies.
- Jeremy Bracco scored the third goal of the game on the power play at 17:10 of the first period. Bracco has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last three games
- Calle Rosén registered the lone assist on Dupuy’s first period goal.
- Kerby Rychel recorded the secondary assist on Bracco’s power play goal. Rychel has 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) this season.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 27 of 28 shots. Pickard is now 13-5-0-0 on the season with a .930 Save Percentage and a 1.94 Goals Against Average. This is Pickard’s first shutout of the season.
- The Toronto Marlies set a new franchise record with their eighth straight victory. Toronto previously matched its seven-game winning streak three times in 2015-16, 2016-17 and this season from November 10 – 26, 2017.
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 5-for-6 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 24-23 edge in shots in all situations.
- Justin Holl led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 20-6-0-0 against North Division opponents this season and 3-0-0-0 against the Binghamton Devils.
- The Marlies have outscored the Devils 11-2 this season with three games left in the series.
Goals: B. Smith (18)
Assists: C. Mueller (17)
Points: B. Smith (33)
PPG: A. Johnsson (6)
Shots: K. Rychel (88)
+/-: B. Smith (+27)
PIMS: A. Nielsen (84)
On tonight’s shutout:
No secret that our goaltenders have been a huge part of our success this season. Any time you have the opportunity to have a clean sheet for them, it’s great. (Pickard) was good, as he’s been all year for us. I thought guys for the most part, we didn’t give up a whole lot. Today, they came hard to the net a few times and some rebounds and stuff like that but we did a pretty good job of reading some of the chances against. That’s what we wanted to see from our guys. Being able to do that when you’re up three most of the game is an encouraging sign. More than anything, we’re just happy to get our points, get out of here, get on the bus and try to finish this weekend off right.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
January 21 at Bridgeport – 5:00 p.m. ET
January 26 vs Rochester – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 27 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 2 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
February 3 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies had little time to celebrate Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch as they return to action Saturday night in Binghamton where they will face the Devils.
With Friday’s win, the Marlies enter play on Saturday riding a seven-game win streak that dates back to New Year’s Eve. The Devils are coming off a win of their own after defeating Springfield 5-3 last night.
The Marlies (29-11-0-0) currently sit first in the North Division and hold a 19-6-0-0 record against other divisional teams. In two meetings against Binghamton this season, the Marlies won both games back in November.
The Devils (12-21-5-2) are in last place in the division and have won just two of their past ten contests.
Trevor Moore enters play coming off a three-point performance in Syracuse, scoring a goal and adding two assists.
Ben Smith, who leads the Marlies in both goals (18) and points (33), is currently on a four-game point streak and has scored five points (3G, 2A) in that span.
Colin Greening also had a goal in last night’s game and has six points (4G, 2A) in his last five games.
Binghamton are led offensively by blueliner Jacob McDonald, who has 30 points (12G, 18A) in 39 games this season.
Nick Lappin holds the Devils’ lead in goals with 15 on the season.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 and fans can catch the action on AHL Live and Marlies Radio.
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