The Marlies scored three times in the third period but it wasn’t enough as they lost a close, back-and-forth game to the Charlotte Checkers at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday evening.
Charlotte opened the scoring 7:30 into the first period, as Valentin Zykov netted his fourth of the season. Nicolas Roy extended the lead to two just over three minutes later, as the Checkers took a 2-0 lead to the intermission despite being outshot 13-10 in the opening frame.
The second period started slowly before Trevor Moore scored his first of the season on a broken stick one-timer with under six minutes remaining. Andrew Nielsen earned his third assist this season on the play, while Dmytro Timashov picked up his first.
The Marlies started the third period on an extended penalty kill, but Nikita Soshnikov was able to break away and score a shorthanded goal to even things up just 2:30 into the period. Soshnikov’s second of the season was assisted by Frederik Gauthier, his second helper on the campaign.\
Less than four minutes later, with the Marlies on the power play, Dmytro Timashov walked in from the blueline and scored his second in as many days for the first lead of the game. Nielsen picked up his second assist of the game on the goal, while Chris Mueller earned his second of the season.
Only eleven seconds later, Jake Chelios tied the game for Charlotte. Nick Schilkey and Valentine Zykov followed that up with a pair of goals to put the Checkers ahead 5-3.
With the net empty, Kasperi Kapanen scored his third of the season and narrowed the lead to one. Mueller earned his second assist of the game on the goal, while Kerby Rychel picked up his first helper of the season.
Lucas Wallmark scored an empty net goal for the Checkers and the final horn sounded with a 6-4 final.
Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his second start with the Marlies and moves to 1-1 on the season, while Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 28 shots for his fourth win this year.
With the loss, the Marlies are now 5-2-0-0 on the season and sit first in the North Division with a .714 points percentage. They also move to 3-1-0-0 at home. Charlotte are also 5-2-0-0 following today’s game and are in third place in the Atlantic Division.
The Marlies return to action Friday night in Syracuse as they face-off against the Crunch for the first time since last year’s North Division Finals. Syracuse are 2-4-1-0 through Sunday, which puts them sixth in the division.
Toronto: T. Moore (1) (A. Nielsen, D. Timashov), N. Soshnikov (2) SH (F. Gauthier), D. Timashov (2) PP (A. Nielsen, C. Mueller), K. Kapanen (3) (K. Rychel, C. Mueller)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (31/36)
Charlotte: V. Zykov (4) (J. Wesley, S. Tolchinsky), N. Roy (1) (V. Zykov, T. Carrick), J. Chelios (1) (N. Roy, S. Tolchinsky), N. Schilkey (2) PP (A. Miller, V. Zykov), V. Zykov (5) PP (L. Wallmark, J. Chelios), L. Wallmark (3) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (28/32)
FROM THE SCORESHEET:
Trevor Moore scored the first goal of the night for the Marlies at 5:57 of the second period. This was his first goal of the season.
Andrew Nielsen registered the primary assist on both Moore’s second period goal and later Timashov’s third period goal. Nielsen has four assists this season.
Dmytro Timashov recorded an assist on Moore’s goal and later registered his second goal of the season at 13:50 of the third period.
Nikita Soshnikov scored shorthanded to tie the game at 17:30 of the third period. Soshnikov leads the Marlies in shots (20) this season.
Frederik Gauthier had the lone assist on Soshnikov’s third period goal.
Chris Mueller registered secondary assists on both Timashov’s and Kapanen’s third period goals.
Kasperi Kapanen scored his third goal of the season at 2:01 of the third period.
Kerby Rychel scored his first assist of the season on Kapanen’s third period goal.
Calvin Pickard stopped 31 of 36 shots in his first start at Ricoh Coliseum. Pickard is now 1-1-0-0 on the season with a .901 Save Percentage and a 3.59 Goals Against Average.
Toronto went 5-for-7 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the powerplay.
Charlotte had a 37-32 edge in shots in all situations.
Nikita Soshnikov led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 3-2-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
TEAM LEADERS Goals: K. Kapanen (3), M. Marchment (3), B. Smith (3) Assists: A. Nielsen (4), B. Smith (4) Points: B. Smith (7) PPG: K. Rychel (2), D. Timashov (2) Shots: N. Soshnikov (20) +/-: B. Smith (+6) PIMs: T. Dermott (14)
Overall thoughts: I felt we did a number of really good things. Obviously, we got behind the eight-ball early in the game and were chasing the game for the majority of it so that wasn’t good. We were playing a team today that we wanted to get on top of early and we failed to do that. I think for them a three-in-three on the road, they got exactly what they wanted out of the first half of the game and we clawed our way back and put ourselves in position to win and just didn’t take care of it.
On special teams: I thought we were much better on special teams. I thought the powerplay adjustments we needed to make did us well. We would like to have more production on it in terms of getting it in the net but the process was a whole lot better and that’s what we focus on. That was a positive, it got us another big goal today. The penalty kill was excellent, it was just the 5-on-3 and the 4-on-3 stuff that we had some trouble with. It’s the first time we have seen that really all year but the 5-on-4 was much better so we are happy with the adjustments and execution we have had there.
– Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Marlies Head Coach
October 27 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
October 28 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 1 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
November 4 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 5 at Lehigh Valley – 5:05 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies won’t have much time to reflect on their 4-0 victory over the visiting Charlotte Checkers Saturday as the two teams will face off this afternoon for the second straight day.
Mason Marchment got the offense started in Saturday’s victory, scoring the game’s first two goals in the second period. Dmytro Timashov and Colin Greening added a pair of insurance markers, and Garret Sparks stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Marlies blanked the Checkers.
On Sunday, the Marlies will look to build on that strong performance with another tough game against Charlotte.
The Marlies (5-1-0-0) are led offensively by Ben Smith, who has three goals and seven points on the season so far. Smith enters Sunday’s game with points in three consecutive games.
On the blueline, Timothy Liljegren has provided strong offensive support early on this season and he enters Sunday’s contest riding a four-game point streak.
Saturday’s loss for the Checkers (4-2-0-0) was their first time being shutout this season and the first time they scored less than three goals, as Charlotte’s high-powered offense couldn’t solve Sparks.
They will lean on points leader Lucas Wallmark (2G, 7A) and top goal scorer Warren Foegele (5G, 1A) in Sunday’s matchup.
The Marlies did convert a power play opportunity in Saturday’s game, and now have a 12.8% success rate on the man advantage. Charlotte went 0-for-3 on Saturday and hold a 17.2 power play percentage entering Sunday’s game.
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