Marlies Lose Close Contest Against Devils
The Toronto Marlies came up short in a close, tight-checking game in front of over 7,500 students on Wednesday morning.
It was another defensive duel as neither the Marlies or Devils could find the back of the net in the opening period.
Less than nine minutes into the second, Michael Latta opened the scoring and put Binghamton on the board. In the final minute of the middle frame, Christoph Bertschy scored on the power play to make it a 2-0 game at the break.
Dmytro Timashov halved the deficit for the Marlies just before the midway point of the third, flying in from the wing and going top shelf with a shot. Calle Rosen had the assist on the power play goal, Timashov’s eleventh of the year.
That would prove to be the only one for the Marlies as the Devils added an empty net goal in the dying seconds to make it a 3-1 final.
Following Wednesday’s final, the Marlies and Devils have closed out the regular season series. The Marlies won five of six games against Binghamton this year.
The Marlies are now 38-14-0-1 on the season and 28-7-0-0 against North Division opponents.
Binghamton improves to 16-27-6-3 with the win.
The Marlies will return to action on Friday in Rochester for the first game of a home-and-home this weekend against the Americans.
Binghamton: M. Latta (6) (C. Bertschy, M. Kapla), C. Bertschy (9) PP (J. MacDonald, M. Latta), T. Kennedy (2) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Appleby (27/28)
Toronto: D. Timashov (11) PP (C. Rosen)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (24/26)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Dmytro Timashov scored on the power play at 9:44 of the third period. Timashov has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) this season.
- Calle Rosen recorded the lone assist on Timashov’s third period goal. This was Rosen’s 13th assist of the season.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 24 of 26 shots. Pickard is now 17-6-0-1 on the season with a .931 Save Percentage and a 1.87 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 28-27 edge in shots in all situations.
- Miro Aaltonen, Trevor Moore, Kerby Rychel, Calle Rosen and Dmytro Timashov led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 28-7-0-0 against North Division opponents this season and 5-1-0-0 against the Binghamton Devils. This is
- Toronto’s first loss of the season to Binghamton. Toronto has outscored the Devils 20-7 through six games.
Goals: A. Johnsson (23)
Assists: A. Johnsson (23)
Points: A. Johnsson (46)
PPG: A. Johnsson (6), C. Mueller (6)
Shots: K. Rychel (116)
+/-: M. Marincin (+28)
PIMS: A. Nielsen (104)
On today’s game:
I thought our first period was probably a step back (from Monday’s game). I thought we had an excellent start to the game, our first few shifts were really good. Our first power play was really good, we were all over the net. We probably deserved a goal or two there early but we didn’t get it and that’s the way it has been going for us here. Once they settled into the game a little bit and got into our end of the ice, they took it over and we couldn’t break out and we kept giving pucks back them and that really hurt our first period. I didn’t mind our second period, again we had chances but still gave up too much. All in all, it’s obviously not much of an improvement today but we didn’t score and you can’t win when you don’t score. We had more than enough opportunities to get more than one today so we can build upon that, the fact that we had the chances. Everything went our way for quite a while and we had a nice streak. When you have a streak like that, a lot of it is on you, a lot of it is on the team and how you play and all those kind of things but there is also a lot of luck on your side and lots of things go your way. If things aren’t going your way for a little bit, you end up on the wrong side of it. So, it’s a challenge for us but more importantly an opportunity for us to find our way through it. We are going to have a very hungry Rochester team waiting for us on Friday. The competition gets a lot harder from here and we have to continue to find ways to get better and generate more offence. Not even generate but just finish our opportunities, like I said we had more than enough opportunities.
On Toronto’s power play:
I think it has been good. Like I said the first power play we had in the first period was excellent, we were all over the net … We think we are making progress on the power play. The goal we got today in the third isn’t much of a power play goal either but that first power play we had we were all over the net. It’s hard to get the power play into any sort of rhythm when you only have two and one is in the first and one is in the third. We need our power play to be a lot better clearly but we feel that we are making progress in that area. When we go into the game today without Andreas Johnsson who is the guy who drives the offence for us in all regards. For the most part we found ways to be good on the power play.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
February 23 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
February 24 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 28 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
March 3 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
March 4 at Belleville – 3:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies will play their final game of the season against the Binghamton Devils Wednesday morning in front of a packed crowd of local students from the Toronto District School Board.
Looking to rebound after a 5-2 loss at Air Canada Centre, the Marlies will look to finish a regular season sweep over the Devils. In five games so far, the Marlies have outscored the Devils 19-5.
The Marlies (38-13-0-1) currently hold the top spot in the league and are 28-7-0-0 against North Division opponents.
Binghamton (15-27-6-3) is riding a two-game winning streak into their final trip to Toronto. They defeated Rochester in back-to-back games last weekend.
Miro Aaltonen has had the scoring touch of late for the Marlies, earning 12 points (6G, 6A) in his previous seven games.
Rinat Valiev is riding a six-game point streak, scoring four times and adding two assists in that span.
Andreas Johnsson, who has two goals and four assists in the five games against Binghamton this season, leads the Marlies with 23 goals and 46 points on the year. Ben Smith is averaging a point-per-game against the Devils, with two goals and three assists so far.
For the Devils, Bracken Kearns leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 36 points this season while defenceman Jacob MacDonald has 15 goals and 35 points.
One key for the Marlies in the game will be scoring the first goal. Twice over the weekend, they gave up the game’s first goal but the Marlies hold a 20-2-0-0 record when leading after the first period. Despite the strong record, the Marlies are 4-7-0-0 when trailing after the first, so getting an early lead will be important as they bounce back from suffering two losses in the last three games.
Puck drop for today’s game is scheduled for 11 a.m. and fans can tune in on Leafs Nation Network, AHL Live and NHL Network in the United States.
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