The Marlies lost another tough battle today, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Binghamton Devils.
Pontus Aberg set the stage early on, scoring the opening goal just 1:37 into the first period. Joseph Duszak and Teemu Kivihalme assisted on Aberg’s 18th of the season. Toronto held onto a 1-0 lead for the first half of the frame before Binghamton’s Mikhail Maltsev found the back of the net to make it 1-1. The score remained tied heading into the first intermission.
The Devils were the ones to swing the momentum in this frame, scoring a shorthanded goal 57 seconds in to take the lead. The Marlies responded at 5:01 of the second as Aberg got his stick on a shot from Kevin Gravel, redirecting the puck past Gilles Senn for his second of the game, tying the game 2-2. The back and forth continued and the home team retook the lead at 7:18 with a goal from Janne Kuokkanen. Riley Woods closed out the second period scoring, and evened the score 3-3 at 14:47 with his first career AHL goal. Kristians Rubins and Mac Hollowell assisted on the goal.
Ben Street restored Binghamton’s lead at 3:25 of the final frame, capitalizing on a power play with his 14th of the year. Two minutes later, Kevin Gravel unleashed a shot from the point to tie the game up at four apiece. Late in the frame, Chris Conner broke the deadlock with the go ahead goal. The Marlies battled hard trying to force things into overtime and sent Parker Gahagen to the bench in favour of an extra attacker. After a fury of chances in the closing seconds, Joseph Duszak wired a shot as the clock ran out and the puck came off the back boards before Matt Lorito buried it into the back of the net. Unfortunately it was ruled no goal as the puck crossed the line after time ran out. With the 5-4 win, the Devils swept the four-game regular season series.
The Marlies will head down to Texas tomorrow for their make up game against the Stars on Monday.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: P. Aberg (18) (J. Duszak, T. Kivihalme), P. Aberg (19) K. Gravel, M. Kapla), R. Woods (1) (K. Rubins, M. Hollowell), K. Gravel (1) (E. Korshkov, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: P. Gahagen (26/31)
Binghamton: M. Maltsev (10) (C. Conner, F. Zetterlund), N. Bastian (13) SH (B. Street, J. Melchiori), J. Kuokkanen (13) (C. Conner, E. Sharangovich), B. Street (14) PP (B. Seney, C. White), C. Conner (12) (J. Kuokkanen, E. Sharangovich)
Goaltender: G. Senn (24/28)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 1:37 of the first period and scored Toronto’s second goal at 5:01 of the second period. He has 14 multi-point games this season. Aberg has 50 points (19 goals, 23 assists) through 50 games.
- Riley Woods scored Toronto’s third goal at 14:47 of the second period. This was his first career AHL goal. Woods has 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 43 games with Newfoundland (ECHL) this season.
- Kevin Gravel scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 5:24 of the third period and earlier had the primary assist on Aberg’s second period goal. This was Gravel’s first goal for the Marlies. Gravel has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 18 games with the Marlies.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Duszak has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in his last 12 games.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Kivihalme has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 50 games this season.
- Michael Kapla picked up the secondary assist on Aberg’s second period goal.
- Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Woods’ second period goal. Rubins has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 43 games.
- Mac Hollowell registered the secondary assist on Woods’ second period goal. He has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 28 games.
- Egor Korshkov had the primary assist on Gravel’s third period goal. Korshkov has 24 points (15 goals, 9 assists) in 39 games this season.
- Tanner MacMaster collected the secondary assist on Gravel’s third period goal. MacMaster has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games.
- Parker Gahagen stopped 26 of 31 shots he faced in his first start for the Toronto Marlies. Gahagen is now 0-1-0-0 on the season with a .839 save percentage and a 5.16 goals against average.
- Toronto has played on February 29 twice (4-2 win vs Hamilton, 2011-12, 2-1 overtime win vs Syracuse, 2007-08).
- Toronto was 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
- Binghamton had a 31-28 edge in shots in all situations. Kevin Gravel led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 15-16-3-1 against North Division opponents and 0-3-1-0 against the Binghamton Devils.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (24)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: K. Agostino (44)
- PPG: K. Agostino, N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (133)
- +/-: M. Salomaki (+14)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (71)
- Toronto is 19-7-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 7-10-0-0 when tied after the first period and 6-6-0-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 18-14-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 10-7-2-2 in Saturday games and are 5-8-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Joseph Duszak has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Mac Hollowell has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Egor Korshkov has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.
- February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
- February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
- February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
It was a frustrating hockey game. The guys competed the whole game. Based off of the things that we talked about and wanted them to execute, it was there. We got a lot of good looks but obviously, at this juncture of the season, we just need the points.
On whether the team had control of the game:
There were moments of the first and second where we controlled the game and most of the third. To not come out with the results that we needed is frustrating. The guys definitely stepped up today and it was a good response from last game.
On playing as a cohesive unit:
Everybody was bought into the game plan and today, we had more of an effort of making plays, possessing the puck through the middle but looking for our teammates. It wasn’t trying to go one-on-one and be individual. We were using all five guys on the ice and when you let the puck do the movement and we work off of each other and we support each other, the puck can move faster than one guy skating up the rink. That was there today and that was why we had better success.
March 2 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CT
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies return to action today, looking to bounce back after a tough night in Utica.
Toronto dropped a 7-3 decision to the Comets last night, falling to 27-23-3-2 on the season. Kenny Agostino recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in last night’s contest, matching his career season high with his 24th goal. It was the third time he has recorded three or more points in one game. Agostino has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last nine games.
With another divisional matchup on deck today, the Marlies know the importance of the two points at stake. Toronto currently sits one point behind Binghamton in the North Division standings, with a game in hand. This is the fourth and final regular season meeting between these division rivals and the Marlies will be looking to pick up their first win of the series. The Devils first edged the Marlies in a 3-2 overtime win on home ice back on October 26th before stunning Toronto with back-to-back wins to extend their lead series lead to 3-0.
Binghamton comes into today’s game riding the high of a 5-3 win over the fifth overall Hartford Wolf Pack. The Devils have been red hot with seven wins in their past 10 games. They’ve won four of their past five contests, including the back-to-back wins over Toronto last week, and are fighting for their postseason lives in a tight North Division race.
Puck drops at 4:05 PM today on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (24)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||B. Seney (18)
|K. Agostino (44)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Kuokkanen (43)
|K. Kaskisuo (14)
||G. Senn (15)