The Marlies picked up their sixth straight win Sunday, edging the Cleveland Monsters 6-5 in a shootout.
Today’s game looked much different than yesterday, with the Monsters striking first and taking a 2-0 lead halfway through the opening frame. The Marlies rallied and battled back with two late first period goals to even the score heading into the first intermission. Rasmus Sandin opened the scoring for the Marlies at 18:28, firing a rocket from the point on the power play. Pontus Aberg and Egor Korshkov assisted on the opening goal. Less than a minute later, Aberg went bardown off a faceoff to tie things up. Pierre Engvall picked up the assist on the goal and the game was tied at two apiece after 20 minutes of play.
The Monsters answered back early in the second period with a shorthanded goal to restore their lead. From that point on it would be a back and forth affair with the Marlies battling back each time to tie things up. Tanner MacMaster scored the Marlies’ third goal just over a minute later at 4:37 to answer back and even the score. The Monsters then capitalized on a power play and regained the lead at 6:17 of the second. At 11:58, Kenny Agostino sent the puck out from behind the goal and it bounced in off Matiss Kivlenieks’ back and the score was even 4-4 heading into the final frame.
Justin Scott added his second of the game at 12:02 of the third period as the Monsters found luck on the power play again. At 13:48, Rasmus Sandin connected with Garrett Wilson in front of the Monsters’ goal and he fired home his first of the season to tie the game at 5-5.
Extra time wasn’t enough to solve this one and the game headed to a shootout. Kenny Agostino and Egor Korshkov scored in the shootout, but it would be Korshkov’s goal that would be the eventual game winner. Joseph Woll picked up his second win of the season in his first start on home ice.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Cleveland: Z. Dalpe (3) (E. Robinson, M. Hannikainen), J. Scott (1) PP (A. Peeke, N. Gerbe), S. Vigneault (2) SH (A. Peeke), K. Sherwood (3) PP (Z. Dalpe, A. Clendening), J. Scott (2) PP (N. Gerbe)
Goaltender: M. Kivlenieks (25/30)
Toronto: R. Sandin (1) PP (P. Aberg, E. Korshkov), P. Aberg (4) (P. Engvall), T. MacMaster (2) (Unassisted), K. Agostino (2) (Unassisted), G. Wilson (1) (R. Sandin, P. Engvall)
Goaltender: J. Woll (21/26)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Rasmus Sandin scored on the power play at 18:28 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Sandin has recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) through three games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored at 19:10 of the first period and earlier registered the primary assist on Sandin’s goal. Aberg has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in six games.
- Tanner MacMaster scored unassisted at 4:37 of the second period. This was MacMaster’s second goal of the season.
- Kenny Agostino scored unassisted at 11:58 of the second period. Agostino has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in four games this season.
- Garrett Wilson scored to tie the game at 13:48 of the third period. This was his first goal for the Marlies. Wilson registered 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) through 18 games last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- Egor Korshkov recorded the secondary assist on Sandin’s first period goal. Korshkov has picked up a point (5-2-7) in each game this season.
- Pierre Engvall had the lone assist on Aberg’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Engvall has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) through six games.
- Joseph Woll stopped 21 of 26 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-0-0-0 on the season with a 0.898 Save Percentage and a 2.40 Goals Against Average. He stopped five of six of the Monsters in the Marlies first shootout win of the season.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Pontus Aberg – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Jeremy Bracco – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Kenny Agostino – Goal (2019-20: 1/1)
- Pierre Engvall – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Matt Read – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Egor Korshkov – Goal (2019-20: 1/1)
- Joseph Woll – 5/6 (2019-20: 5/6)
- This is the first time the Marlies have gone to overtime and a shootout this season. In 2018-19, the Marlies went to the shootout five times, winning once over the Belleville Senators on January 26.
- Egor Korshkov is the only Marlie to record a point (5-2-7) in each game this season.
- Toronto was 3-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 31-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pierre Engvall led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 3-0-0-0 against North Division opponents and are 2-0-0-0 against the Monsters.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: E. Korshkov (5)
- Assists: J. Bracco (6)
- Points: P. Aberg, P. Engvall, E. Korshkov (7)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (3)
- Shots: P. Aberg (25)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (9)
- The Marlies are 2-0-0-0 when tied after the first period and 1-0-0-0 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 4-0-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 in Sunday games and are 6-0-0-0 in October.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Egor Korshkov has points (5-2-7) in six consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in today’s game against Cleveland.
- October 19: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- October 14: Loaned defenceman Rasmus Sandin from Toronto (NHL).
- October 14: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel to Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what this win says about his team:
It was a good sign of some resilience. We’ve been winning all sorts of different ways and this is a unique one here today. But I liked how our guys stayed with it. The way that our season’s gone, it could be a little bit easier to say that it’s not really our day, and some of the bounces were catching up to us but I like how we fought right to the end. A penalty kill in overtime, we grind that out after it was a tough night for the PK. Joe Woll stands strong right to the very last shot to win the shootout. A lot of really good signs for our guys to persevere through it.
On whether he thought Joseph Woll became more comfortable through the game:
I did. I also thought that we did a little more to help him out. When you look at the first few goals there, there’s a backdoor tap in, a high tip on the power play, a breakaway. We have to do a better job of helping him out there. I thought he made some good saves and then he got tested in the shootout, obviously, and he aced that test.
On the line of Pierre Engvall, Pontus Aberg and Garret Wilson:
I thought they were really good. I liked all three guys today, all three guys were creating. Garrett Wilson, you can tell, is finding his legs and finding his game. Obviously, we didn’t see him in Leafs camp because of his injury, and it’s taken a while to get him up and running here but he’s showing why he spent the better part of last season in the NHL, he’s a very serviceable guy. He scored a big goal, does a lot of things the way you want them to be done for a guy who has his skillset. We really liked that line. Pierre Engvall was really skating today, Pontus Aberg scored a goal and had some chances, made plays. We needed that line to create offence, and they did.
October 26 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
October 27 at Syracuse – 5:00 p.m. ET
November 1 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 2 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. ET
The Marlies close out their three-game homestand today in the second half of a back-to-back against the Cleveland Monsters.
The Marlies blanked the Monsters 2-0 in yesterday’s game, earning their fifth straight win; their best start in franchise history.
After tipping in a point shot from Timothy Liljegren yesterday, Egor Korshkov is now the only Marlie to record a point (5-1-6) in each game this season. Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-4 on the power play. The Marlies have not allowed a goal on the penalty kill this season. Toronto’s power play is second in the league at 29.4% (5/17). “They’ve been very key, of course, especially here in this building,” said Sheldon Keefe following yesterday’s win. “Special teams and goaltending have been the backbone of our wins on home ice so that continued today.” Kasimir Kaskisuo picked up his eighth career shutout and first of the season with last night’s 30-save effort.
The Marlies will look to build on their strong start to the season today before heading out on a seven-game road trip.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network. Fans across Canada can also stream the game live in the Official Toronto Maple Leafs App.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|E. Korshkov (4)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||S. Matteau (3)
|J. Bracco (6)
||Leading Points Scorer
||A. Clendening (4)
|K. Kaskisuo (3)
||M. Kivlenieks (2)