The Marlies saw their three-game win streak snapped Sunday, dropping a close 3-2 shootout decision to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
It was back and forth for the majority of the game, with all regulation goals coming in the second period. Michael Carcone got things going midway through the game, firing a shot five-hole on Jeremy Smith to open the scoring. Josh Jooris and Vincent LoVerde assisted on Carcone’s 16th of the season. The Sound Tigers were quick to respond, evening things up just over a minute later with a goal from Jeff Kubiak. Bridgeport then took the lead as Josh H0-Sang beat Kasimir Kaskisuo on a breakaway to put the visitors up 2-1. The Marlies evened things back up late in the frame, capitalizing on a power play as Dmytro Timashov picked the top corner to finish off a sweet passing play from Rasmus Sandin and Jeremy Bracco.
Neither team could break the deadlock through regulation or extra-time so the game turned to a shootout to decide a winner. Timashov scored the lone goal for the Marlies in the shootout while Chris Bourque and Otto Koivula both scored for Bridgeport to seal a 3-2 victory.
The Marlies will have a quick turnaround as they host the Belleville Senators tomorrow for a 1:30 PM start at Scotiabank Arena.
Bridgeport: J. Kubiak (6) (K. Bellows), J. Ho-Sang (7) (Unassisted) Goaltender: J. Smith (40/42)
Toronto: M. Carcone (16) (J. Jooris, V. LoVerde), D. Timashov (11) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin) Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (32/34)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Michael Carcone opened the scoring at 9:15 of the second period. Carcone has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in his last nine games and his third consecutive game recording a point (2-2-4).
Dmytro Timashov scored on the power play at 18:58 of the second period. This was his third consecutive game with a goal. Timashov has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in his last 10 games.
Vincent LoVerde recorded the primary assist on Carcone’s second period goal. This was LoVerde’s 150th AHL career point (44 goals, 106 assists) in 425 games.
Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Timashov’s second period power play goal. Sandin has recorded a point (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
Jeremy Bracco had the primary assist on Timashov’s second period power play goal. This is Bracco’s 24th power play assist. Bracco has 11 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in his last 10 games.
Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced. This was his first shootout of the season. Kaskisuo is now 9-7-2-1 on the season with a .885 Save Percentage and a 3.30 Goals Against Average.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
Dmytro Timashov – Goal (2018-19: 1/3)
Jordan Subban – Stopped (2018-19: 0/1)
Jeremy Bracco – Stopped (2018-19: 0/2)
Kasimir Kaskisuo – 1/3 (2018-19: 1/3)
Toronto is 17-6-3-2 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 90-74, facing 14 different teams. In 22 of 28 games, Toronto has earned a point (39).
Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
Toronto had a 42-35 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with seven shots on goal, a season high.
The Marlies are 7-5-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-0-0-1 against the Bridgeport Sounds Tigers.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: C. Mueller (24)
Assists: J. Bracco (44)*
Points: J. Bracco (60)
PPG: C. Mueller (11)
Shots: N. Baptiste (133)
+/-: C. Rosen (+10)
PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
Toronto is 26-6-1-2 when recording the first goal of the game.
The Marlies are 8-4-3-1 when tied after the first period and 7-3-3-2 when tied after the second period.
Toronto is 15-10-4-2 when outshooting their opponent.
The Marlies are 3-3-2-1 in Sunday games and are 3-0-0-1 in March.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Michael Carcone has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
Dmytro Timashov has goals (3) in three consecutive games.
Rasmus Sandin has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on February 16 against Springfield.
Frank Corrado (knee) did not dress for tonight’s game. He has not appeared for Toronto since February 5 against Belleville.
Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
Chris Mueller (hamstring) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 10 against Belleville.
Calle Rosen (foot) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 22 against Syracuse.
March 7: Returned forward Brady Ferguson on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
March 7: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
March 3: Recalled defenceman Kristians Rubins from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game:
I thought as a group we got better as it went on but overall, I liked our game. We liked to find ways to generate more offence, but we somewhat expect that generating offence at even strength is going to be a challenge for our team right now. I liked our third period especially. I thought we had enough opportunities to win the game and failed to do so and that’s disappointing, but our guys worked today. They competed, that’s a good hockey team and I thought we did a nice job against a lot of their best players. It gets down to three-on-three in overtime there and the shootout, you can really see the skill of (Bridgeport’s) group really come out but I thought at even strength we did a real nice job against them.
On Kasimir Kaskisuo’s game: He’s been great, and good for him too because he’s worked really hard in practice and Hutchy’s been getting the bulk of the starts and he’s done a nice job for us there. But Kas has really been working and has prepared for this here today, you can tell and that’s because of the work he’s put in. He definitely gave us a chance to get points in this game. You never know what’s going to happen there in the skills competition when that starts but unfortunately, it didn’t go our way but I liked a lot about our game.
NEXT GAME: .
March 11 vs Belleville – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
March 15 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 16 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 at WB/Scranton – 3:05 p.m. ET
March 20 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
After a successful two-game road trip to Laval, the Marlies return to home ice today to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
This marks the first of two meetings between these two teams this season, and the Marlies will have their work cut out for them against a hot Bridgeport team. The Sound Tigers had a seven-game win streak snapped on Friday by the Rochester American and have won eight of their past 10. They currently sit second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with 77 points.
The Marlies come home riding a three-game win streak and are fresh off back-to-back wins in Laval. They’ve won seven of their past 10 and currently sit third in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 73 points, just four points back of the fourth place Sound Tigers.
Players to watch: After registering a power play goal on Friday, Michael Carcone has now recorded nine points in his last eight games. Jeremy Bracco has 10 points in his last 10 games and continues to lead the AHL in assists with 43. Chris Bourque has five points in his last six games and leads the Sound Tigers with 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists).
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network, AHLTV and the NHL Network. Fans in Ontario can also stream the game live in the Maple Leafs App.