The Toronto Marlies closed out their annual boat show road trip today, picking up a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Cleveland Monsters.
Ben Harpur opened the scoring at 14:25 of the first period, kickstarting a scoring frenzy with his first of the season. Pontus Aberg and Darren Archibald assisted on the opening goal. 30 seconds after Harpur’s goal, Nic Petan launched a one-timer from the point to put the Marlies ahead 2-0. Kristians Rubins and Aberg picked up the assists on Petan’s ninth of the season. 13 seconds after Petan’s goal, Cleveland’s Derek Barach brought the home crowd to their feet, getting the Monsters on the board and cutting the Marlies’ lead in half. 19 seconds after Cleveland’s goal, Tanner MacMaster tapped one in from the side of the goal to restore the Marlies’ two-goal lead. Garrett Wilson and Mac Hollowell assisted on MacMaster’s ninth of the season. The Marlies’ three goals in one minute chased Veini Vehvilainen from between the pipes as Matiss Kivlenieks entered the game in relief. Again, the Monsters were quick to respond and closed the gap with just over a minute remaining in the period. Toronto had an 11-10 edge in shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes and held a one-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
The Marlies held the Monsters to only four shots on goal in the second period, while they tested Kivlenieks with 15 shots but couldn’t find the back of the net. The score remained 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
The Monsters pulled ahead at the halfway mark of the final period, netting back-to-back goals 10 seconds apart to make it 4-3. The Marlies kept up their pressure and it paid off at 15:39 when Kenny Agostino wired a one-timer from inside the faceoff circle to even the score 4-4. Aberg and Mac Hollowell assisted on Agostino’s 21st of the season. The game remained tied at the end of regulation.
The Marlies were called on a tripping penalty just 55 seconds into overtime, resulting in 4-on-3 action for two minutes. The penalty kill went to work and killed off the infraction, but the Monsters converted shortly after the penalty expired to come away with the two points.
The Marlies will have a few days off for the AHL All-Star break before kicking off a a three-game home stand on Friday against the Charlotte Checkers.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: B. Harpur (1) (P. Aberg, D. Archibald), N. Petan (9) (K. Rubins, P. Aberg), T. MacMaster (9) (G. Wilson, M. Hollowell), K. Agostino (21) (P. Aberg, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (19/24)
Cleveland: D. Barach (5) (A. Peeke, M. Fortier), K. Sherwood (6) (M. Dano, R. MacInnis), T. Fix-Wolansky (5) PP (P. Bittner, S. Matteau), K. Sherwood (7) (C. Thurkauf, A. Peeke), S. Matteau (10) (A. Clendening, D. Simpson)
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (7/10), M. Kivlenieks (29/30)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Ben Harpur opened the scoring at 14:25 of the first period. This is his first goal for the Marlies this season. Harpur has eight points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 29 games this season.
- Nic Petan scored at 14:53 of the first period. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. Petan has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 17 games this season.
- Tanner MacMaster scored at 15:25 of the first period. MacMaster has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 37 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 15:39 of the third period. Agostino has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his last 10 games. Agostino is tied for fifth in the League in goals scored (21).
- Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on Harpur’s goal in the first period, the secondary assist on Petan’s goal in the first period and the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Aberg has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in five games against Cleveland this season. This is his 11th multi-point game of the season.
- Darren Archibald registered the secondary assist on Harpur’s first period goal. Archibald has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 28 games this season.
- Kristians Rubins collected the primary assist on Petan’s first period goal. Rubins has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 30 games this season.
- Garrett Wilson picked up the primary assist on MacMaster’s first period goal. Wilson has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 36 games this season.
- Mac Hollowell had the secondary assists on MacMaster’s first period goal and Agostino’s third period goal. Hollowell has four assists through 15 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-10-2-1 on the season with a .886 Save Percentage and a 3.67 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto scored three goals in 60 seconds in the first period. Toronto previously recorded three goals in 59 seconds against the Laval Rocket on December 27, 2019.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 40-24 edge in shots in all situations. Matt Read led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-9-3-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (21)
- Assists: J. Bracco (29)
- Points: P. Aberg (35)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (110)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+8)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (60)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-11-3-2 (21 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 91-75. 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 (3-6-2-1) have combined to make 704 saves.
- Toronto is 16-3-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 9-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 13-0-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-6-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 8-4-2-2 in Saturday games and are 2-7-1-1 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Nic Petan has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
- Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
- Jesper Lindgren did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Mason Marchment left today’s game against Cleveland in the first period and did not return.
- January 25: Returned defenceman Jake Muzzin from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
- January 25: Returned forward Trevor Moore from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
- 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 what improvements he saw from Toronto:
There was a lot of improvement. You can definitely look at our past and what the record has been as of late and fall back on that. But if you just look at this one game, the team put in a great effort. I thought the team really competed hard, much better in our d-zone, our fifty-fifty battles, our o-zone looked great tonight, got a lot of interior shots something’s that we’ve been missing in the past. The players really executed a lot that we asked of them today.
On Matt Read (6 shots):
He probably had four or five grade A chances. He really showed up in the game, helped our team find some momentum, some energy and he was one of the guys that really got interior and helped threaten.
On Pontus Aberg (3 assists):
He’s a big part of our team, he’s a top-six forward. He has a ton of ability and talent. When he brings it consistently with his effort and his compete and what he did tonight, he’s a heck of a hockey player.
On the AHL All-Star break:
I think every team in this league needs a break. It’s a long season. We’ve been through a lot lately, battling some consistency stuff. This break will be good for us. We’ll come back from it fresh. We’ll get back to our routine and back to building details and habits that we want to build and we’ll find positives out of tonight and what the team did.
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
February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies wrap up their eight-game road trip today, squaring off against the Monsters in the second half of a back-to-back in Cleveland.
Toronto faced another tough loss last night, falling 5-2 after two empty net goals in the final minute of play sealed the win for the Monsters. With the regular season series between these north division rivals now even at two apiece, an important two points are on the line as the Marlies look to climb their way out of this slump and back into a playoff position. The Marlies are 2-7-0-1 in their past 10 games and will want to close out this road trip on a high note before heading back to Toronto for a three-game home stand.
With two assists in last night’s contest, Timothy Liljegren now has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games and has recorded a point (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games. Yesterday was Liljegren’s sixth multi-point game of the season.
It’s a quick turnaround for both teams as puck drops at 1:00 PM at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Fans can catch the action on AHLTV or follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for live updates.
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)