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Penalty Trouble Costs Marlies in Grand Rapids

Game Recap:

It was a tough night for the Marlies, who dropped their third straight contest in a 4-1 decision in Grand Rapids.

Egor Korshkov opened the scoring early in the first period, picking up a loose puck and walking in alone on Calvin Pickard. Korshkov’s 7th of the season was unassisted. The Marlies held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Filip Zadina got the home team on the board, capitalizing on a power play to even the score 1-1 at 5:32 of the second period. The score remained locked at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.

The Griffins added back-to-back power play goals in the third period to jump ahead 3-1. The Marlies couldn’t get anything going and pulled Joseph Woll late in the frame hoping to cut the deficit with an extra attacker. Unfortunately the Griffins scored on the empty net to seal a 4-1 win.

The Marlies will have an opportunity to rebound tomorrow when they close out their annual Royal Road Trip and second half of their back-to-back against the Griffins.

Game Notes:

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET  |    SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: E. Korshkov (7) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: J. Woll (24/27)

Grand Rapids: F. Zadina (4) PP (M. Puempel, C. Terry), M. Puempel (7) PP (J. Hicketts, C. Terry), G. Smith (3) PP (M. Ford, J. Veleno), D. Turgeon (2) EN (G. Smith, B. Lashoff)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (23/24)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Egor Korshkov opened the scoring at 3:49 of the first period. He has nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) through 11 games. He has scored the game’s first goal four times this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 24 of 27 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-1-1-1 on the season with a 0.896 Save Percentage and a 3.31 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-6 on the power play.
  • Grand Rapids had a 28-24 edge in shots in all situations. Jeremy Bracco and Pierre Engall led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the Griffins. This is the first of four games this season against Grand Rapids. Toronto last played Grand Rapids on April 2, 2016, winning 6-3 on at home.
  • The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: P. Aberg, E. Korshkov (7)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (8)
  • Points: P. Aberg (12)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (38)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+11)
  • PIMS: E. Korshkov, M. Read, J. Schmaltz (12)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 6-2-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 4-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 2-1-1-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 2-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 in Friday games and are 1-2-0-1 in November.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • No current point streaks

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.
  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.
  • Rasmus Sandin (illness) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • November 8: Returned Nic Petan on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • November 5: Recalled forward Aaron Luchuk from to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 5: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 5: Recalled forward Nic Petan from loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • November 3: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On special teams:
Both never were in a good place. Statistically, they were in a good place but we were getting all sorts of luck which is what we were getting as a team for all of our results and in the standings. The reality is we’ve been outplayed the majority of every game we’ve played this season and it’s catching up to us now. Special teams are no different. The biggest issue of course is taking too many penalties. We’re playing against an elite power play today so giving them as many opportunities as we did especially with the game so close in the third period is unacceptable and, of course, our power play is pretty anemic. So, we need to get that fixed quickly. Obviously, Petan and Sandin are coming in tomorrow so those are two first shooter power play guys, that’s a number one centre and a number one defenceman that changes our team significantly so that will help of course but as coaches we’ve got to do a better job to prepare our team and more importantly, we’ve got to stay out of the penalty box … We’ve got to be competitive, we’ve got to give ourselves a chance to win, all areas of our game have to improve. We’ve got a chance to win here and get back at it tomorrow then a long week of practice to make some progress. Clearly, things have not been going well for quite some time. It’s 12 games into the season and it’s starting to catch up with us and the luck that we had in the early going.


NEXT GAME:

November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 20 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 23 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies are set to close out a seven-game road trip this weekend with back-to-back games in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After taking their first regulation loss of the season on Wednesday, the Marlies will be looking to get back in the win column tonight when they face off against the Griffins for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The Marlies swept that four-game regular season series.

Toronto (7-1-2-1) has captured 17 of a possible 22 points so far this season and currently sits second in the league, while the Griffins (5-5-1-1) will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak.

Pontus Aberg sits atop the Marlies’ leaderboard with 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 11 games. Griffins’ forward Chris Terry leads the league in scoring with 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) through 12 games and has registered points (6-7-13) in seven consecutive games.

Puck drops at 7:00 PM on AHLTV. Fans can also check in on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for live game updates.

Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)

Marlies Primary Logo Griffins Primary Logo 2015
7-1-2-1 Overall Record 5-5-1-1
0-0-0-0 Head To Head 0-0-0-0
Loss 2 Streak Loss 4
41 Goals For 42
31 Goals Against 44
24.3% Power Play Percentage 26.9%
79.5% Penalty Kill Percentage 69.2%
P. Aberg (7) Leading Goal Scorer C. Terry (8)
P. Aberg (12) Leading Points Scorer C. Terry (19)
K. Kaskisuo (5) Wins Leader C. Pickard (3)

 

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