The Toronto Marlies split their season opening road trip after falling 7-5 to the Binghamton Devils Saturday night in a back-and-forth fight that went down to the wire.
Chris Mueller put the Marlies on the board first, taking a great cross-crease pass from Sam Gagner and tucking it in. Andrew Nielsen had the secondary assist.
The Devils responded minutes later on a goal from Marian Studenic before Gagner rushed in on a 2-on-1 and fired a shot to reinstate the lead.
Colton White and Nick Lappin scored back-to-back goals for Binghamton, who took a 3-2 lead into the intermission.
The Marlies tied things up as Gagner notched his second of the night, taking a pass in the high slot and shooting it top shelf. Mueller and Dmytro Timashov had the assists.
From there, Binghamton scored three straight goals, with Nathan Bastian scoring two and Blake Speers one.
However, the Marlies wouldn’t quit. Trevor Moore stepped out of the box and raced in to close the gap to 6-4. Calle Rosen had the assist.
Andreas Borgman pulled the Marlies within one just before the midway mark of the third, with Vincent LoVerde and Colin Greening collecting the assists.
The Marlies kept the pressure turned up late in the period, searching for the tying goal, but Blake Pietila found the empty net to make it a 7-5 final.
Jeff Glass made 31 saves in net for the Marlies while Cam Johnson had 29 for the Devils.
The Marlies went 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off 3 of 4 shorthanded situations.
Following the game, the Marlies will head back to Toronto and prepare for Monday’s home opener against the Cleveland Monsters, featuring a Calder Cup banner ceremony.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET
Toronto: C. Mueller (1) (S. Gagner, A. Nielsen), S. Gagner (1) (Unassisted), S. Gagner (2) PP (C. Mueller, D. Timashov), T. Moore (3) (C. Rosen), A. Borgman (1) (V. LoVerde, C. Greening)
Goaltender: J. Glass (31/37)
Binghamton: M. Studenic (1) PP (Y. Yakovlev, B. Pietila), C. White (1) (N. Lappin, B. Seney), N. Lappin (1) (Y. Yakovlev, B. Seney), N. Bastian (1) (J. Anderson), B. Speers (1) (Y. Sharangovich), N. Bastian (2) (K. Gabriel), B. Pietila (1) EN (C. Johnson)
Goaltender: C. Johnson (29/34), C. Phinney (0/0)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Chris Mueller opened the scoring at 7:19 of the first period and added the primary assist on Gagner’s second period power play goal. Mueller has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) this season and led the Marlies in assists (33) last season.
- Sam Gagner scored his first goal as a Marlie unassisted at 11:05 of the first period and his second of the game on the power play at 6:23 of the second period. Gagner earlier added the primary assist on Mueller’s first period goal.
- Trevor Moore scored at 5:55 of the third period. He has recorded three goals in the first two games of the season. Moore registered 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 68 regular season games with the Marlies.
- Andreas Borgman scored at 9:22 of the third period. Borgman had 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 48 games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Andrew Nielsen recorded the secondary assist on Mueller’s first period goal.
- Dmytro Timashov registered the secondary assist on Gagner’s second period power play goal. Timashov recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 34 games last season with the Marlies.
- Calle Rosen had the lone assist on Moore’s third period goal. Rosen had 18 assists last season with the Marlies.
- Vincent LoVerde recorded the primary assist on Borgman’s third period goal. LoVerde had 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) in 63 games last season with the Marlies.
- Colin Greening registered the secondary assist on Borgman’s third period goal.
- Jeff Glass stopped 31 of 37 shots. Glass is now 0-1-0-0 on the season with a .838 Save Percentage and a 6.19 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
- Binghamton had a 38-34 edge in shots in all situations.
- Adam Cracknell led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 against North Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Binghamton Devils.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: T. Moore (3)
Assists: C. Rosen (3)
Points: S. Gagner, T. Moore, C. Mueller, C. Rosen (3)
PPG: S. Gagner, J. Subban (1)
Shots: C. Rosen (5)
+/-: C. Greening, J. Jooris, C. Rosen (+2)
PIMS: A. Nielsen (6)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game as a learning experience:
Today was a lot like yesterday. The difference was the result. The biggest thing today was we just looked really tired. We looked like a team playing its first back-to-back of the season against a team that was rested and waiting for us. We were really fighting an uphill battle today. Ultimately just didn’t play well enough to be on the right side of this game.
On tonight’s game:
Offensively, we found a way to score goals again today. When you score five goals, you should win a hockey game a hundred per cent of the games that you play. Clearly through these two games, our issues have been defensively and how we take care of the puck coming out of our zone so that’s an area of emphasis for us. We’ll travel home here tonight, get a day off tomorrow and we’ll get ready to play a home game and then after that, we’ll get a bit of time to settle in and spend some time in practice because clearly we look like an unorganized team at this stage here. We’ve got a lot of work to do.
October 8 vs Cleveland – 3:00 p.m. ET
October 13 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET
October 14 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET
October 19 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
October 20 vs Hartford – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies continue a short road trip to start the season and are looking for back-to-back wins in Binghamton Saturday night.
Coming off a 7-3 win in Utica Friday night, the Marlies are hoping to return home on Monday with a pair of wins in hand.
Trevor Moore scored a pair of goals last night, building off his standout performance in last year’s playoffs when he earned 17 points in 20 games.
Jordan Subban and Pierre Engvall each enter tonight’s game with a goal and an assist while Adam Cracknell and Calle Rosen picked up two assists each last night.
Saturday’s start is the Devils first game of the year who are hoping to rebuild after missing the postseason last year. Nick Lappin is back in Binghamton after scoring 31 goals and 53 assists last season, and they’ll look to him to drive the offense again this year. Michael Kapla is back on the blueline in Binghamton after earning 21 points last season.
Looking back to last year, the Marlies took the season series against Binghamton with five wins in six games and are 12-6-1-1 against the Devils over the past five years.
Puck drop is set for 7:05 and fans can catch all the action on AHLTV, available on free preview all weekend long.