The Marlies are heading home on a high note after closing out their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday night.
The game saw back and forth action as each team exchanged their fair share of penalties, but it would be the Marlies who struck first on the power play. Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 16:34 of the first period with his 8th of the season. Tanner MacMaster and Pierre Engvall assisted on the power play goal and the Marlies held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Garrett Wilson extended the lead early in the second period, scoring from an awkward angle after banking the puck in off the back of Griffins’ goaltender Filip Larsson. Kenny Agostino and Nic Petan assisted on Wilson’s 4th of the season. At 7:28 of the second period, the Griffins scored on a power play to cut the Marlies’ lead to 2-1. Just over a minute later the home team struck again to even the score 2-2. The Marlies restored their lead late in the frame when Pierre Engvall redirected a point shot from Rasmus Sandin. The Marlies lead 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
The Marlies held their lead through the majority of the third period until they were granted an opportunity on the power play late in the frame. Seconds into the man-advantage, Kenny Agostino finished off a sweet passing play from Rasmus Sandin and Nic Petan to extend the Marlies’ lead to 4-2. Pierre Engvall added an empty net goal at 17:08 to seal a 5-2 win.
The Marlies will have a week of practice before kicking off a five-game homestand next Saturday at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: P. Aberg (8) PP (T. MacMaster, P. Engvall), G. Wilson (4) (K. Agostino, N. Petan), P. Engvall (3) (R. Sandin, J. Lindgren), K. Agostino (5) PP (N. Petan, R. Sandin), P. Engvall (4) EN, SH (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (31/33)
Grand Rapids: F. Zadina (5) PP (M. Rasmussen, M. Puempel), D. Turgeon (3) (J. Lukosevicius, C. Pearson)
Goaltender: F. Larsson (18/22)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 16:34 of the first period on the power play. This is his second power play goal of the season and his third first-goal of the game. Aberg has 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) in 13 games this season.
- Garrett Wilson scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 4:49 of the second period. Wilson has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) through 11 games this season.
- Pierre Engvall scored the game-winning goal at 18:39 of the second period and added an empty net goal shorthanded at 17:08 of the third period. He also picked up the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. These were his 50th and 51st career AHL points. Engvall has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) through 13 games. This was his second three-point night of the season.
- Kenny Agostino scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 16:34 of the third period and earlier added the primary assist on Wilson’s second period goal. This is Agostino’s third multi-point game of the season. Agostino has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) through 11 games.
- Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period power play goal. MacMaster has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 12 games this season
- Nic Petan collected the secondary assist on Wilson’s second period goal. Petan has points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games with the Marlies.
- Rasmus Sandin recorded the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Sandin has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games with the Marlies.
- Jesper Lindgren registered the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 6-1-1-0 on the season with a .927 Save Percentage and a 2.13 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the fourth time Toronto’s power play has scored two goals in a game this season.
- Grand Rapids had a 33-23 edge in shots in all situations. Pierre Engvall, Nic Petan and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 3-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 1-1-0-0 against the Griffins. This is the second of four games this season against Grand Rapids.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg (8)
- Assists: J. Bracco, P. Engvall (8)
- Points: P. Aberg (13)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (40)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (17)
- Toronto is 7-2-1-1 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 5-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 3-1-1-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 3-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 4-0-1-1 in Saturday games and are 2-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Nic Petan has points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
- 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.
- Timothy Liljegren left tonight’s game against Grand Rapids midway through the first period and did not return.
- 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).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I really liked the effort, for sure. The system and process and just the intelligence that we’ve played with could improve and that will be the challenge for us this week and we’ve got a long period of time to sort some things out but I really liked the effort today. It was such a crazy game, so many special teams then the penalty kill, we were asking so much of them against such a potent power play that had burned us the night before. We just thought that our guys had really dug in and competed hard. Just watching guys come back to the bench, they’re exhausted. It’s the end of a long week here on the road so certainly happy with the effort and because of that effort, I thought we earned the two points.
On the team’s power play (2 goals):
Special teams, such a factor in the game yesterday and we suspected they’d be again today so to get both units on the board and at big times for us as well to open the scoring of course and then to extend the lead in the third. That’s what you want to score goals at important times. It can and will continue to improve. Again, a long week of practice for us. There’s a long list of things that we need to get better at and that will be one of them.
On Timothy Liljegren’s injury:
At this stage, it’s not looking quite as serious as it looked in terms of not being able to put any weight on it. He seems like he’s able to put some weight on it now but he was obviously in no shape to come back into the game. We’ll get back to Toronto and get it looked at. Unfortunate hit, hate to see those kinds of hits. There was some knee-on-knee contact and there was some contact with his head as well. It was kind of a double whammy in terms of the kinds of things you don’t ever want to see. Unfortunate of course, that it doesn’t get called. The league will take a look at it and do what they need to do but we’re more concerned about Lily of course and make sure that we can get him healthy as soon as possible.
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The Marlies close out their seven-game Royal Road Trip today in Grand Rapids, looking to snap a three-game losing skid and head home on a positive note.
Special teams situations will be a key focus for the Marlies today after conceding three goals last night to the Griffins’ league-best power play (29.3%). The Marlies were also 0/6 on the power play last night and will be looking to a better job in that department tonight as they welcome Rasmus Sandin and Nic Petan back to the lineup. “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,” said Sheldon Keefe following last night’s game.
Egor Korshkov opened the scoring in yesterday’s contest, his ninth point (7 goals, 2 assists) through 11 games. He has scored the game’s first goal four times this season and now sits even with Pontus Aberg for the team lead in goals.
Grand Rapids’ Chris Terry picked up two assists last night, bringing his point streak (6-9-15) to eight straight games as he continues to lead the league in that department.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for live game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|P. Aberg (7)
E. Korshkov (7)
|Leading Goal Scorer
||C. Terry (8)
|P. Aberg (12)
||Leading Points Scorer
||C. Terry (21)
|K. Kaskisuo (5)
||C. Pickard (4)