The Marlies knew they’d have an uphill battle tonight against a tough Charlotte team, and that proved to be the case in a back and battle that needed to be settled in a shootout.
Mason Marchment shifted the momentum in the Marlies’ favour in the first period, capitalizing on a shorthanded breakaway at 6:32 to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. Kasimir Kaskisuo stood tall between the pipes for the Marlies, turning away 14 shots in the first period to preserve Toronto’s 1-0 lead.
The Checkers responded in the second period with a pair of power play goals near the halfway mark of the frame to jump ahead 2-1.
Marchment evened things up at 3:22 of the third period, one-timing a pass from Trevor Moore for his second of the night. Teemu Kivihalme picked up the extra assist on the goal. Minutes later, Marchment completed his first professional career hat trick, wiring a shot top shelf over the glove hand of Anton Forsberg to put the Marlies ahead 3-2. The Checkers brought the pressure late in the frame and it paid off as Jake Bean evened the score 3-3 with 27 seconds to go in the frame to force things into extra time.
3-on-3 overtime did not yield a winner so a shootout would be necessary to settle this one. Charlotte’s Steven Lorentz scored the lone-goal in the shootout to seal a 4-3 win for the home team.
The Marlies will have a chance to rebound tomorrow in a rematch against the Checkers. Puck drops at 1:00 PM EST.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: M. Marchment (3) SH (Unassisted), M. Marchment (4) (T. Moore, T. Kivihalme), M. Marchment (5) (M. Kapla, J. Lindgren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (34/37)
Charlotte: M. Geekie (10) PP (J. Kuokkanen, J. Bean), J. Kuokkanen (9) PP (O. Kaski, J. Gauthier), J. Bean (7) (J. Kuokkanen)
Goaltender: A. Forsberg (21/24)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Mason Marchment recorded his first career AHL hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 6:32 of the first period and goals at 3:22 and 5:47 of the third period. Marchment’s first period goal was his second career AHL shorthanded goal. He has seven points (6 goals, 1 assists) through eight career games against Charlotte. He has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 13 games this season.
- Trevor Moore recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s second goal of the game. Moore has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) through 22 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Marchment’s second goal of the game. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Kivihalme has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 34 games this season.
- Michael Kapla collected the primary assist on Marchment’s third goal of the game. This was Kapla’s first point for the Marlies in two games this season.
- Jesper Lindgren had the secondary assist on Marchment’s third goal of the game. Lindgren has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 28 games this season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced. He is now 11-5-1-1 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. He turned away a penalty shot at 15:31 of the second period taken by Janne Kuokkanen. This is his third successful save on a penalty shot this season.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
· Kenny Agostino – Stopped (2019-20: 1/3)
· Mason Marchment – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
· Trevor Moore – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
· Jeremy Bracco – Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
· Nic Petan – Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
· Kasimir Kaskisuo – 4/5 (2019-20: 4/5)
- Toronto last recorded a hat trick on the road on January 27, 2017 (A. Johnsson at Syracuse).
- Toronto has faced four penalty shots this season, with three (Oct. 5 vs Belleville, Dec. 15 vs Rockford, Jan. 18 at Charlotte) against Kasimir Kaskisuo and one (Dec. 8 vs San Antonio) against Joseph Woll. Toronto has stopped all four attempts.
- Toronto was 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
- Charlotte had a 38-24 edge in shots in all situations. Mason Marchment led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-6-0-1 against Central Division opponents and are 0-0-0-1 against the Charlotte Checkers.
- Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (19)
- Assists: J. Bracco (27)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (32)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (103)
- +/-: J. Lindgren (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (60)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-9-2-2 (20 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
- The Marlies have been outscored 74-66. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Nic Petan in assists (11) on the road.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-5-1-1) have combined to make 626 saves.
- Toronto is 16-3-1-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 9-2-1-2 when leading after the first period and 3-11-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 14-9-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 8-4-1-2 in Saturday games and are 2-5-0-1 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Teemu Kivihalme has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Jesper Lindgren has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has points (3-1-4) in consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- Ben Harpur (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- January 17: Assigned forward Trevor Moore from Toronto (NHL) on a conditioning loan.
- January 14: Ressigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 14: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- January 14: Returned forward Mason Marchment on loan from Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the team’s response five-on-five:
I thought really well. We had a good process during the game. The bench stayed with it, there was some adversity through the first and second periods. We found our game in the third period, we really showed how we can play.
On special teams:
I thought early on, the first couple of power plays, we just had a hard time getting through the middle of the rink. They did a good job getting up ice, disrupting our flow. Then we settled, started getting some entries and the in-zone, they did a good job of keeping us perimeter. We’ve got to find a way to get interior but you know, it was a little bit of a special teams game today. I was really happy five-on-five with how we executed and the looks that we got, really liked our o-zone and the movement that we got inside on the goalie a few times. We really gave ourselves a chance to win tonight.
On Kasimir Kaskisuo (34 saves):
He had a great game, gave us a chance to win this hockey game. He looked really solid, really calm, exactly what we need.
On Mason Marchment (3 goals):
He brought a lot of good energy, he loves the game, even on the bench, he’s so positive and brings a good energy. His play tonight was a whole other level that I hadn’t seen out of him and it’s really good to have guys that go up and then come back down to give them that confidence at this level and he’s showing that he can play really well at this level.
On Trevor Moore (1 assist):
Shows the character of the person that he is. I’m sure he’s been working really hard to get back. It’s the times when no one’s watching and you’re by yourself on the ice and going through your protocol to return to play, he was successful in today’s game because he’s such a hard worker and disciplined in that area.
January 19 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 25 at Cleveland – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies’ annual Toronto Boat Show Road Trip rolls on through Charlotte N.C. for a pair of games against the defending Calder Cup Champions.
The Marlies will have their work cut out for them this weekend as they enter the back half of this eight-game road swing with a back-to-back against the Checkers. It will be a rematch of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals tonight as these two teams meet for the first time since the the Checkers edged the Marlies in double overtime in game six of the series.
The Checkers are finding continued success this season and are red hot coming into tonight’s game, riding the high of a three-game win streak with only one loss in their past 10 contests. The Marlies have struggled to find consistency lately and will be looking to rebound following a 4-3 loss to San Antonio on Thursday. “When we’re successful, we’re consistent,” said Marlies head coach Greg Moore following today’s morning skate. “We’re having a hard time as a group finding that. We have to be pros and find a way to prepare ourselves, have the right mindset and not allow transitions of the game to alter what our next rep is like.”
The Marlies will welcome back Trevor Moore, who joins the team for a conditioning loan. Other players to watch tonight include:
- Pontus Aberg has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (3-3-6) in six consecutive games.
- Jeremy Bracco has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Tyler Gaudet has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Nic Petan has points (5-2-7) in three consecutive games.
- Scott Pooley has goals (3) in consecutive games.
Puck drops at 6:00 PM EST on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (19)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J. Gauthier (18)
|P. Aberg (32)
K. Agostino (32)
|Leading Points Scorer
||J. Kuokkanen (31)
|K. Kaskisuo (11)
||A. Nedeljkovic (11)
A. Forsberg (11)