The Marlies did not get the start they wanted tonight, finding themselves in an early hole when Cleveland’s Dillon Simpson notched back-to-back goals at 1:28 and 3:37 of the opening frame. Although the speedy two-goal lead stunned the Marlies, they were quick to respond as Trevor Moore found the back of the net to get the Marlies on the board and cut Cleveland’s early lead in half. Timothy Liljegren and Nic Petan assisted on the goal. Shots on goal in the opening frame were 12-11 in favour of the home team, who led by one after 20 minutes of play.
Trey Fix-Wolansky restored Cleveland’s two-goal lead at 6:35 of the second period, capitalizing on a power play opportunity. It was the lone goal of the frame and gave the Monsters a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame.
The Marlies peppered Monsters’ goaltender, Matiss Kivlenieks with 14 shots in the third period, but couldn’t find the back of the net until late in the frame when Nic Petan sent a pass through traffic to Jeremy Bracco who wired a wrist shot top shelf from the hash marks. The goal brought the Marlies within one with 1:44 remaining in the period. Kasimir Kaskisuo left the crease to allow for an extra attacker as Toronto looked to force things into overtime, but the Marlies couldn’t keep possession and the Monsters added two empty net goals in the final minute to seal a 5-2 win.
The Marlies will have a chance to rebound in tomorrow’s rematch against the Monsters in their final game of the Boat Show road trip.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: T. Moore (1) (T. Liljegren, N. Petan), J. Bracco (4) PP (N. Petan, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/31)
Cleveland: D. Simpson (7) (C. Thurskauf, T. Fix-Wolanksy), D. Simpson (8) (Unassisted), T. Fix-Wolanksy (4) PP (K. Stenlund), P. Bittner (5) EN (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), D. Barach (4) EN (S. Matteau)
Goaltender: M. Kivlenieks (35/37)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Trevor Moore put the Marlies on the board at 3:54 of the first period. This was Moore’s first goal for the Marlies in two games this season.
- Jeremy Bracco scored on the power play at 18:16 of the third period. This was Bracco’s first power play goal. He has 13 assists on the power play this season.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Liljegren has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games and has recorded a point (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games. This is Liljegren’s sixth multi-point game of the season.
- Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 16 games this season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced. He is now 11-6-1-1 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 37-33 edge in shots in all situations. Timothy Liljegren, Scott Pooley and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-9-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-0-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
- 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 (105)
- +/-: B. Harpur, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+6)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (60)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-11-2-2 (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 86-71. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (14) on the road.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-4-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-1-1) have combined to make 685 saves.
- The Marlies are 7-10-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-13-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-6-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 4-4-0-0 in Friday games and are 2-7-0-1 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Timothy Liljegren has points (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has points (3-2-6) in three consecutive games.
- Trevor Moore has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
- Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
- Jesper Lindgren left tonight’s game against Cleveland in the third period and did not return.
- January 23: Returned forward Colt Conrad on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 23: Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to conditioning loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 20: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On whether he saw improvements in Toronto’s play tonight despite the loss:
I think for a lot of people you could say that results are needed, we’ve been working together through a lot as a group. There was a lot of good stuff in today’s game. Again we’ve been talking about the starts of our games, again today was not good enough. We lost the game in the first five, ten minutes. We’ll keep reiterating that but we can’t expect to come out that slow. The lack of intensity in the D-zone is a problem, it got better as the game went on but we’ve got to be able to manufacture that from the start.
On the lack of intensity in the defensive zone:
It’s a mindset. As soon as there’s a fifty-fifty puck, we’ve got to close, we’ve got to separate somebody. We can’t get beat off the walls and back to our net, we’re not protecting our net, we’re not boxing out, we’re not getting sticks and when there is a chance for us to be strong and win a battle along the wall, we’ve got to come up with those pucks. We just haven’t built a mindset in our D-zone to do that yet.
On whether defensive zone issues have impacted Toronto’s penalty kill:
Yes and no. It’s a little bit different. The concept’s the same. As soon as the pucks out of their hands and they’re not under full control, we’ve got to be able to close and outnumber somebody and win a battle and then exit. So in that sense, yes. There were moments in the game still where we do that but it’s not consistent enough. I thought the second half of the ice towards their net, we did a lot of good stuff. Some better o-zone than we’ve seen in the last games and we threatened the net a lot better.
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
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
After a brief return home this week, the Marlies are back on the road this weekend to close out their annual Boat Show road trip with a back-to-back against the Cleveland Monsters.
Both teams will be looking to get back in the win column in tonight’s divisional matchup. The Monsters have dropped their previous two outings and are 4-5-1-0 in their past two games. The Marlies will surely be looking to bounce back after tough losses in Charlotte last weekend left the team somewhat deflated. ” I think the whole group’s frustrated, said head coach Greg Moore following Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Checkers. “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.”
After a few days of practice at home, that’s exactly what the Marlies will be looking to do tonight. Toronto will be looking for some consistency in their game and a full 60 minutes, as they aim to snap a three-game losing skid and turn things around before heading back to Coca-Cola Coliseum for a three-game home stand.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM tonight on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (20)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||S. Matteau (9)
S. Vigneault (9)
|K. Agostino (33)
||Leading Points Scorer
||A. Clendening (29)
|K. Kaskisuo (11)
||V. Vehvilainen (9)