It took just twenty-five seconds for the Marlies to erase a 1-0 deficit and take the lead Saturday night in Binghamton, as they closed out the “Royal road trip” with a 4-1 win over the Devils.
For the second straight night, Binghamton opened the scoring as Joe Blandisi beat Calvin Pickard with 9:00 remaining in the opening period. And once again, just like Friday, that was the only time the Marlies budged in the contest.
Down a goal heading into the second period, the Marlies dominated the middle frame, outshooting Binghamton 14-1 in the period. Nikita Soshnikov looked to even the game with under a minute to play, but the goal was disallowed and the Marlies stared down a 1-0 deficit to start the third.
Seven minutes into the third period, Andreas Johnsson unleashed a rocket of a shot from the top of the slot and beat Devils’ netminder Ken Appleby to tie things up. Justin Holl had a helper on the goal as did Miro Aaltonen, his sixth of the season.
Twenty-five seconds later, Ben Smith deflected a point shot off the stick of Andrew Nielsen. Holl earned his second assist of the night and fifth of the season, as the Marlies jumped out to a 2-1 lead.
Smith earned his second of the game less than six minutes later, as he drove the net and put away a rebound off an initial shot from Nikita Soshnikov to make it 3-1. With the tally, Smith earned his second two-goal game of the early season, and his fourth multi-point game of the year. Soshnikov’s helper extended his point streak to four games, as he has three goals and now an assist in that span.
Making his return to the Marlies, Kasperi Kapanen sealed the victory with just over three minutes remaining, as he knocked in a rebound to make it a 4-1 game. Kapanen’s fourth of the season was assisted by Chris Mueller and Calle Rosen.
With the win, the Marlies wrap up the road trip with a 5-1-0-0 record, while improving to 11-4-0-0 on the season. The Marlies are now 8-2-0-0 in total when playing away from home this season.
Calvin Pickard earned his third victory as a Marlie, turning aside 16 shots in Saturday’s game. He now has a 2.45 goals against average (GAA) and .918 save percentage (SV%).
The Devils have now dropped four straight and fall to 5-6-1-0 on the season and 2-5-0-0 at home.
The Marlies will travel back to Toronto and spend the week preparing for a weekend series against the Syracuse Crunch next Saturday and Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum. Tickets for those games are still available.
Toronto: A. Johnsson (6) (J. Holl, M. Aaltonen), B. Smith (7) (A. Nielsen, J. Holl), B. Smith (8) (N. Soshnikov),
K. Kapanen (4) (C. Mueller, C. Rosen)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (16/17)
Binghamton: J. Blandis (2) (J. MacDonald, N. Lappin)
Goaltender: K. Appleby (35/39)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring for the Marlies at 7:04 of the third period.
- Ben Smith registered his first goal of the night and the game-winner at 7:29 of the third period and later added his second goal at 13:27. Smith leads all Marlies in points (8 goals, 7 assists) this season.
- Kasperi Kapanen recorded his fourth goal of the season at 16:46 of the third period.
- Justin Holl had the primary assist on Johnsson’s goal and the secondary assist on Smith’s first goal. Holl led the Marlies with six shots on net against Binghamton.
- Miro Aaltonen registered the secondary assist on Johnsson’s goal in the third period.
- Andrew Nielsen recorded the primary assist on Smith’s first goal of the game at 7:29. Nielsen has six assists this season.
- Nikita Soshnikov had the lone assist on Smith’s second goal of the game. Soshnikov has registered a point (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games.
- Chris Mueller picked up his ninth point (2 goals, 7 assists) of the season with the primary assist on Kapanen’s third period goal.
- Calle Rosen had the secondary assist on Kapanen’s goal. Rosen has five assists with the Marlies this season.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 16 of 17 shots. Sparks is now 3-2-0-0 on the season with a .918 Save Percentage and a 2.45 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 39-17 edge in shots in all situations.
- Justin Holl led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 5-1-0-0 against North Division opponents this season.
ROYAL ROAD TRIP NOTABLES
- Toronto finished its annual Royal Road Trip 5-1-0-0, playing six games from Nov. 1 to 11.
- Toronto outscored its opponents 22-8 through six games.
- Toronto went 22-for-23 on the penalty kill and 5-for-28 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 187-169 edge in shots in all situations.
Goals: B. Smith (8)
Assists: C. Mueller (7), B. Smith (7), N. Soshnikov (7)
Points: B. Smith (15)
PPG: D. Timashov (3)
Shots: N. Soshnikov (41)
+/-: M. Marincin (+11)
PIMS: T. Dermott (22)
On tonight’s game:
Our process was night and day different (from yesterday), major turnaround from our guys. Really proud of how they put it together here today. This has been a long trip, 12 days, six games so it would be easy for our guys to just mail this one in especially getting down early. But we just stuck with it and played some of the best hockey of the season. Particular with how it went yesterday, just to respond that way and take care of our process and control the game the way we did, I’m really proud of the guys. It’s a great sign to finish this trip.
On team growth through road trip:
The Wilkes game and last night’s game, we don’t feel great about but when we talk about growth, that is growth. You go through that, you lose the game, you get whacked around a little bit in Wilkes and then come back and not have a great effort here last night in Binghamton but win the game and then deal with that well by coming out to win again by cleaning up our process and playing better and being more of what we want to look like. A lot of great stuff, just feel really good about our team, it was a perfect way to finish up the trip. Now we’ll get back home, give the guys some rest and wind it back up to play at Ricoh.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
November 18 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 19 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 22 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 25 vs Belleville – 1:30 p.m. ET (Air Canada Centre)
November 26 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies and Binghamton Devils will meet for the second straight night on Saturday when they take the ice at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Marlies will look to capture the same result as Friday night, when they skated to a 4-1 victory over the Devils.
Friday’s contest was a breakout game for defenceman Martin Marincin, who scored his first two goals of the season with the Marlies.
Nikita Soshnikov also extended his scoring streak to three games in Friday’s win, as he netted the equalizer for the Marlies early in the second. Soshnikov now has five goals on the season and will look to keep building on that streak Saturday.
Ben Smith, who had an assist last night, enters Saturday’s game leading the Marlies in both goals (6) and points (13) so far this season.
At the other end, Nick Lappin had an assist on the Devils lone goal last night, as he continues to lead Binghamton in goals (9) and points (13).
The Marlies come into the game leading the North Division with a record of 10-4-0-0. Away from home this season, the Marlies are 7-2-0-0.
Binghamton currently sit fourth in the North, with a 5-5-1-0 record. When playing at home, the Devils hold a 2-4-0-0 record.
Special teams played an important role in Friday’s game, and the Marlies will look to continue their strong play on the penalty kill in tonight’s rematch. The Marlies were successful on all five penalty kills, improving the success rate on the season to 89.1%. They also converted on a power play opportunity to improve to 14.0% on the season.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05. Fans can tune in on AHL Live or listen in with Todd Crocker here.
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