It was a tough afternoon in Charlotte for the Marlies who suffered their third straight loss, falling 7-3 to the Checkers.
The Checkers took the lead in the first period, capitalizing on a power play to open the scoring. The home team outshot the Marlies 9-5 in the opening 20 minutes and held onto their 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Checkers kept their foot on the gas in the second period, extending their lead to 2-0 just 19 seconds into the middle frame. They added two more goals in the first half of the period to give themselves a 4-0 cushion. Visibly deflated, the Marlies worked to try and turn things around and cut the deficit. Just past the midway point of the frame, Jordan Schmaltz tipped in a shot from Jeremy Bracco to get the Marlies on the board. A minute later, Hudson Elynuik tipped one in from Joseph Duszak to cut the Checkers’ lead in half. At 15:05, Jeremy Bracco, Mason Marchment and Kenny Agostino connected on a power play with a tic tac toe goal to make it 4-3. With Agostino’s 20th of the season the Marlies seemed to be back in this one. Unfortunately that wouldn’t last long. Late in the frame, the Checkers extended the gap again with a power play goal to make it 5-3 after two periods of play.
Charlotte added two unanswered goals in the third period, stunning the Marlies in a 7-3 final.
Toronto will have a few practice days at home this week before heading out to Cleveland on Thursday to close out their Boat Show Road Trip against the Monsters this weekend.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Schmaltz (2) (J. Bracco, C. Conrad), H. Elynuik (3) (J. Duszak), K. Agostino (20) PP (Marchment, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: J. Woll (24/31)
Charlotte: M. Geekie (11) PP (J. Bean, A. Nedeljkovic), D. Gust (7) (R. McKeown, J. Bean), J. Gauthier (19) (M. McCormick), E. Luostarinen (7) (Unassisted), S. Lorentz (14) PP (F. Claesson, C. Priskie), M. Geekie (12) (F. Claesson, J. Pritchard), S. Lorentz (15) (M. Geekie, R. McKeown)
Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (14/17)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Jordan Schmaltz put the Marlies on the board at 11:15 of the second period. Schmaltz has 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) through 29 games this season.
- Hudson Elynuik scored at 12:14 of the second period. Elynuik has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 34 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino scored on the power play at 12:14 of the second period. Agostino has 13 points (9 goals, 4 assists) in his last 15 games. Agostino is tied for fifth overall in the AHL in goals (20). He is the first Marlie to reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in his AHL career.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Schmaltz’s goal and the secondary assist on Agostino’s power play goal, both in the second period. Bracco is fourth overall in the AHL in assists (29).
- Colt Conrad registered the secondary assist on Schmaltz’s second period goal. This was his first point in his first game with the Marlies this season. Conrad has 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) through 24 games with Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Joseph Duszak picked up the lone assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Duszak has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) through eight games this season.
- Mason Marchment collected the primary assist on Agostino’s second period power play goal. He has eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) through nine career games against Charlotte. He has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 24 of 31 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-10-1-1 on the season with a .890 Save Percentage and a 3.60 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Charlotte had a 31-17 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino, Hudson Elynuik and Mason Marchment led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 1-2-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 0-1-0-1 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 (20)
- Assists: J. Bracco (29)
- Points: K. Agostino (33)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (103)
- +/-: J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+7)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (60)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-10-2-2 (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 81-69. 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 (3-6-1-1) have combined to make 657 saves.
- The Marlies are 7-9-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-12-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 14-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 6-2-1-0 in Sunday games and are 2-6-0-1 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Mason Marchment has points (3-2-6) in three 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 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- 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 today’s game:
Loss for words right now. I think pretty frustrated, I think the whole group’s frustrated. We all haven’t been good enough. It’s going to take a group effort to climb our way out of this. Can we? Yes. Will we? Yes. Today’s another frustrating day. We’re going to find a way to right the ship.
On where he sees breakdowns in Toronto’s play:
D-zone, we definitely have to be a little bit tighter. We’re still allowing too much inside and getting to our goaltender. We’ve got to be able to close out on the D-zone when it’s a fifty-fifty puck and win our battles. There’s just an intensity in the game of hockey it needs to have and for the team to have throughout the entire bench. We had it for the second period today. Again, first period was not what we wanted in terms of talking about it and our slow start yesterday but just a little bit more heart, a little bit more possession, a little bit more our style and doing the things that we preach here and we’re having a hard time finding that consistency.
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
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies wrap up their weekend trip to Charlotte, N.C. today looking to bounce back from a 4-3 shootout loss to the Checkers last night.
With last night’s win, the Checkers extended their win streak to four straight and remain the hottest team in the league right now with only one loss in their past 10 outings.
Toronto was 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play last night. When asked about special teams following last night’s game, head coach Greg Moore commented, “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.”
Mason Marchment led the Marlies with seven shots on goal last night and provided all three of the Marlies goals, earning his first professional career hat trick. The Marlies are 10-6-0-1 against Central Division opponents and are 0-0-0-1 against the Charlotte Checkers.
Following today’s game the Marlies will return home for some practice days before heading to Cleveland next weekend to close out their annual Toronto Boat Show Road Trip.
Puck drops at 1:00 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 (34)
|K. Kaskisuo (11)
||A. Forsberg (12)