The Toronto Marlies turned in a strong showing at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, downing the Devils by a 3-2 final in overtime.
It was Mason Marchment who started (and would eventually finish) the scoring tonight as he broke in over the blue line, split the Devils defencemen and released a quick shot just inside the post to give the Marlies a 1-0 lead just past the midway point of the first. Adam Brooks had the assist on the play after he and Marchment passed it around to break out of the defensive zone.
The Devils answered back just four minutes later as Nathan Bastian tied the game and the 1-1 score held up at the first intermission.
6:31 into the second, the Marlies found themselves down 2-1 after John Quenneville scored and it looked like they would trail heading into the third.
However, with just 24 seconds remaining, Calle Rosen ripped the one-timer top shelf on a two-man advantage to tie the game once again. Dmytro Timashov set up the shot and earned the only assist on Rosen’s second of the season.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the third and the overtime period was needed to settle things.
Eamon McAdam came up with an enormous blocker stop with just over three minutes gone in the extra frame, and moments later, Carl Grundstrom found a streaking Marchment who broke away over the blue line and fired a shot off the post and in for the winner. Marchment’s second goal of the night was his fifth of the season.
McAdam finished the night with 27 saves for the victory while Eddie Lack had 26 stops for the Devils.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Marlies who now will wait until Friday before their next game in Cleveland, the first of three straight against the Monsters.
With the win, the Marlies improve to 6-7-1-2 while the Devils fall to 8-7-3-0.
Binghamton: N. Bastian (4) PP (J. Ramage, M. Kapla), J. Quenneville (4) (M. Studenic, R. Schmelzer)
Goaltender: E. Lack (26/29)
Toronto: M. Marchment (4) (A. Brooks), C. Rosen (2) PP (D. Timashov), M. Marchment (5) (C. Grundstrom, C. Rosen)
Goaltender: E McAdam (27/29)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Mason Marchment opened the scoring at 12:14 of the first period and later scored the game-winner at 3:40 of overtime. This is Marchment’s first game-winning goal of the season. Marchment has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) through 11 games this season.
Calle Rosen scored on the power play at 19:36 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on Marchment’s game-winning goal. This is Rosen’s third consecutive game with an assist (3). Rosen leads the Marlies in assists (13).
Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Brooks has three points (1 goal 2 assists) in four games this season.
Dmytro Timashov registered the primary assist on Rosen’s power play goal in the second period. Timashov has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) on the power play this season.
Carl Grundstrom had the primary assist on Marchment’s game-winning goal in overtime. Grundstrom has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) this season.
Eamon McAdam stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced. McAdam is now 2-0-1-1 on the season with a .898 Save Percentage and a 2.81 Goals Against Average.
Toronto went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-8 on the power play.
Toronto was even at 29 with Binghamton in shots in all situations.
Mason Marchment led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 5-7-1-2 against North Division opponents and are 1-2-0-0 against the Binghamton Devils this season.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: T. Moore (9)
Assists: C. Rosen (13)
Points: C. Mueller (16)
PPG: C. Grundstrom, M. Marchment, J. Subban (2)
Shots: P. Engvall (40)
+/-: C. Grundstrom (+7)
PIMS: M. Marchment (16)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
We were able to score one more than they were and get more than one in the game. I don’t know if there’s a whole lot different. In fact, I thought we played better yesterday than today, just the way that things go but you know just stay with it until the end. Three games in three days here for most of our group and they stayed with it until the end. Things haven’t really been going our way, to stick it until the very end in extra time and find a way to get the extra point there. Feels good there for the guys and finishes off a long week for them on the positive.
On the importance of scoring early:
It was important, not just to score early to get that confidence, but just to play with the lead obviously we’d like it to last longer than it did. Still didn’t like the fact that you know once they scored, I just thought we lost our way a little bit and especially in the second period when they took the lead. But once again, third game in three days you never really know what you’re going to get from your group, and I was happy with how we stuck with it and found a way to get this done today.
On goaltender Eamon McAdam:
I thought he was excellent, and good for him. He’s worked extremely hard and he’s made a lot of progress, seen a lot of improvement in his game, in practice first of all, which is given us the confidence to put him in the net and he’s done a great job. A number of great saves for us at key times, some saves that he just made look easy, which gives our group confidence. Obviously, a huge save in overtime which gave us a chance to get the extra point. So really happy with him.
On the team’s defensive play through the season:
I think we’ve seen differences, we’ve seen improvements in our gap control in particular, slowing things up in the neutral zone. That said it’s a work in progress like a lot of areas of our game. There’s times when it dips but I thought this weekend for the most part we did a good job defensively and any times when we got ourselves in trouble off of a turnover, a bad bounce here and there where we’re just caught out of position, but generally our structure was in good spots. I think we’ve done a better job of that as a team. We’re going have to continue to be and that’s going to have to be the foundation for our group and allow us to settle into games and allow us to find ways to get wins.
November 23 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 25 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 28 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 1 vs WB/Scranton – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 2 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies will look for revenge from Saturday’s 2-1 loss in a rematch this afternoon at Scotiabank Arena when they duel with the Devils for a second straight day.
Saturday was a hard-fought, defensive battle that the Devils won despite the Marlies controlling play for much of the game and generating a number of high-quality chances on the Binghamton net.
The single goal is rare for the Marlies this season, who had scored 21 goals in their previous four games and have 62 goals on the season.
Chris Mueller is leading the charge offensively for the Marlies, with eight goals and 16 points so far this season. Trevor Moore is back with the team after being recalled by the Maple Leafs last week, and his scoring touch (9G, 3A) should be a nice addition to the offensive attack.
At the other end, Nick Lappin had the winning goal in Saturday’s contest and leads the Devils in scoring with nine goals and 11 points. Rookie Marian Studenick shares a piece of the points lead with seven goals and four assists.
One key for Sunday’s matchup will be converting on power play chances as both penalty kills have had some difficulties early in the season and enter the game sitting at a 75.0% success rate.
Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 and fans can catch all the action on Leafs Nation Network and AHLTV.
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