Marlies Kick Off Road Trip With a W
Coming into tonight’s game, the Marlies were looking for redemption after dropping a 5-0 decision to the Checkers on home ice when they last met on January 6th. The Marlies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame and were able to preserve a lead for the majority of the game until the Checkers evened things up to force overtime. Mason Marchment provided the overtime heroics with a huge individual effort to seal a 4-3 win for the Marlies.
Pierre Engvall opened the scoring at 9:28 beating Checkers’ goaltender, Callum Booth with a tip in front of the net. Jordan Subban and Jeremy Bracco assisted on Engvall’s 10thof the season. At 15:27 the Marlies converted on the power play as Jeremy Bracco fired a shot from the faceoff dot past Booth to make it 2-0. Calle Rosen and Chris Mueller assisted on Bracco’s ninth of the season. The Marlies outshot the Checkers 11-10 in the opening 20 minutes and held a 2-0 lead on the scoresheet heading into the second period.
The Marlies picked up where they left off as they generated lots of close chances in the opening minutes of the frame. Charlotte’s Nick Schilkey got the home team on the board at 2:19 with an unassisted goal. Late in the frame, Rosen restored the Marlies two-goal lead, burying his own rebound for his fifth of the season.
The Checkers added two goals in the third from Jake Bean at 4:22 and Patrick Brown at 6:39 to even the score 3-3. The score remained tied at the end of regulation resulting in three-on-three sudden death overtime. Both teams exchanged chances in the early seconds of extra time. Two minutes into overtime, the Checkers were on the attack when Marchment poked away a drop pass and jumped out on a breakaway where he made no mistake beating Booth to seal a 4-3 win for the Marlies.
The Marlies and Checkers will be back at it again tomorrow for a 1 PM puck drop on AHLTV.
Toronto: P. Engvall (10) (J. Subban, J. Bracco), J. Bracco (9) PP (C. Rosen, C. Mueller), C. Rosen (5) (Unassisted), M. Marchment (11) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (31/34)
Charlotte: N. Schlikey (8) (Unassisted), J. Bean (6) PP (J. Kuokkanen, M. Necas), P. Brown (9) (H. Fleury, C. Pu)
Goaltender: C. Booth (17/21)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pierre Engvall opened the scoring at 9:28 of the first period. Engvall has three goals in his last four games. Engvall has 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 35 games this season.
- Jeremy Bracco scored on the power play at 15:27 of the first period and earlier added the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Bracco leads the AHL in assists (30). This is Bracco’s 11th multi-point game of the season.
- Calle Rosen scored unassisted at 17:24 of the second period and earlier registered the primary assist on Bracco’s first period power play goal. Rosen’s 23 assists put him fourth overall amongst defencemen in the AHL.
- Mason Marchment scored the overtime winner at 3:01. This is Marchment’s third overtime goal of the season which leads the AHL. Toronto is 6-1-1-0 when Marchment scores.
- Jordan Subban recorded the primary assist on Engvall’s first period goal. Subban has collected three assists in his last three games.
- Chris Mueller had the secondary assist on Bracco’s first period power play goal. This was Mueller’s 12th assist on the power play.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 4-3-2-0 on the season with a .904 Save Percentage and a 3.33 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 6-for-7 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play. The Marlies lead the AHL in power play goals scored on the road (26) and are second overall in percentage (29.2).
- Charlotte had a 34-25 edge in shots in all situations. Trevor Moore led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- Toronto’s away record is 11-5-1-2 and the team is second in the AHL in scoring on the road (88).
- The Marlies are 4-3-0-0 against North Division opponents and are 2-1-0-0 against the Charlotte Checkers.
- The Marlies are currently on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on February 1. Before the All-Star Break (January 27 to January 30), Toronto will face the Charlotte Checkers twice, the Cleveland Monsters and the Belleville Senators twice.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: T. Moore, C. Mueller (19)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)*
- Points: C. Mueller (40)
- PPG: C. Mueller (9)
- Shots: S. Gagner (107)
- +/-: C. Grundstrom (+9)
- PIMS: M. Marchment, S. Oleksy (51)
- Toronto is 17-4-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 13-1-1-0 when leading after the first period and 14-0-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 8-3-3-2 in one goal games.
- The Marlies are 7-5-0-0 in Saturday games and are 5-2-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- No current streaks
- Michael Carcone (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He served a match penalty in the third period of Toronto’s game on January 12 against Rochester and did not return.
- Timothy Liljegren (ankle) did not dress for tonight’s game. He is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
- Steve Oleksy (concussion) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game on January 5 against Syracuse and did not return.
- Rasmus Sandin (elbow sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game following an injury sustained during the World Juniors.
- January 18: Loaned forward Emerson Clark to Allen (ECHL).
- January 17: Reassigned defenceman Timothy Liljegren by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 16: Reassigned defenceman Timothy Liljegren by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 15: Returned forwards Hudson Elynuik, Griffen Molino, goaltender Michael Garteig and defenceman Kristians Rubins on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 15: Reassigned goaltender Eamon McAdam by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 14: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Charlotte forcing overtime after Toronto was leading:
They are who they are for a reason. If you don’t play a 60-minute game and you don’t play with intelligence and purpose, you don’t have a chance. So, we got very lucky to get two points today and it’s because of our start that we got the two points and obviously with the performance of Hutchy in goal. But we got taught a lot of lessons here today. We’ll continue to try to grow as a team so we can continue pick up points while we’re doing it, it’s good and healthy for us but at some point here, we’ve got to figure it out.
January 20 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 23 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 25 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 26 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies (19-5-3-2) return to action tonight to take on the Charlotte Checkers (30-9-3-0) to kick off a five-game road trip. Returning to the ice following a week off from game action, the Marlies will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping their last game 5-1 to the Rochester Americans.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Checkers are riding a three-game winning streak after picking up a 6-4 win over Bridgeport on Wednesday. They are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten and continue to sit atop the league standings.
While the Marlies dipped to below .500 at home (9-10-2-0) after Saturday’s loss, they’ve continued to have a strong showing on the road (10-5-1-2). They have the league’s second-best road power play (29.1%) and are second in goals for on the road with 84. Special teams situations will definitely be a key area to watch in tonight’s matchup.
Players to watch: Charlotte centre Andrew Poturalski has three points in his last two games and leads the Checkers with 42 points, good for third in the league among active skaters. With two goals since his return from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Trevor Moore has now tied Chris Mueller for the team lead in goals with 19. Jeremy Bracco sits in the top 10 in points among active skaters in the league and continues to lead the Marlies and the league in assists with 29.
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Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)