The Marlies extended their win streak to four following a 4-3 win over the Hershey Bears Wednesday night.
Kenny Agostino got things started early in the first period, finishing off a beauty cross-ice pass from Jeremy Bracco. Adam Brooks recorded the secondary assist on the opening goal. Around the halfway mark of the frame, the Marlies capitalized on a power play as Egor Korshkov lit the lamp for the fourth time in as many games. Bracco and Rasmus Sandin picked up the assists on the power play goal. Late in the frame, Hershey’s Liam O’Brien cut the Marlies’ lead in half to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The Marlies shook off that late first period goal and came out ready in the second period. Adam Brooks restored the two-goal lead just 1:20 into the frame after receiving a pass from Jordan Schmaltz and splitting the defence to walk in alone on Vitek Vanecek. Agostino picked up the extra assist, and that was it for Vanecek as Pheonix Copley entered the game for the Bears. Near the halfway mark of the game the Bears were back within one as Axel Jonsson-Fjallby beat Kasimir Kaskisuo to make it 3-2. The Marlies power play converted for a second time late in the period as Tanner MacMaster slid the puck under Copley’s pads to give Toronto a two-goal cushion heading into the final frame.
Jonsson-Fjallby scored his second of the night at 4:52 of the third period to bring the Bears back within one, but the Marlies stood strong the rest of the game to preserve the lead and earn their fourth straight victory.
The Marlies are back in action for a doubleheader weekend at Coca-Cola Coliseum, taking on the Cleveland Monsters Saturday and Sunday.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Hershey: L. O’Brien (1) (L. Johansen), A. Jonsson-Fjallby (1) (E. Burgdoerfer), A. Jonsson-Fjallby (2) (B. Pinho)
Goaltender: V. Vanecek (8/11), P. Copley (12/13)
Toronto: K. Agostino (1) (J. Bracco, A. Brooks), E. Korshkov (4) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), A. Brooks (1) (J. Schmaltz, K. Agostino), T. MacMaster (1) PP (P. Aberg, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (27/30)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kenny Agostino opened the scoring with his first goal of the season at 5:55 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. This is Agostino’s second game of the season.
- Egor Korshkov scored on the power play at 10:17 of the first period. He has recorded a goal (4) in each of Toronto’s games to open the season.
- Adam Brooks scored at 1:20 of the second period and earlier registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. This was Brooks’ first goal of the season. Brooks has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four games.
- Tanner MacMaster scored the game-winning goal on the power play at 18:42 of the second period for his first goal of the season. This is MacMaster’s second career game-winning goal, both with Toronto.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assists on Agostino’s opening goal and Korshkov’s power play goal, both in the first period. Bracco leads the AHL in assists (6).
- Rasmus Sandin picked up the secondary assist on Korshkov’s power play goal in the first period. This is Sandin’s first game of the season. He recorded two assists in six games this season with the Maple Leafs.
- Jordan Schmaltz had the primary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. He has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
- Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on MacMaster’s second period power play goal. Aberg has recorded points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren registered the secondary assist on MacMaster’s second period power play goal. Liljegren has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) through the first four games of the season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 3-0-0-0 on the season with a .929 Save Percentage and a 2.01 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto has won their first four games to open the season for the first time since 2007-08.
- Three Marlies have recorded point in each of Toronto’s first four games: Pontus Aberg (3-2-5), Egor Korshkov (4-1-5) and Jordan Schmaltz (1-3-4).
- Toronto was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-4 on the power play. Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill this season. Toronto’s power play is second in the league at 30.8% (5/14).
- Hershey had a 30-24 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg and Egor Korshkov led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 1-0-0-0 against the Bears. This is the first of four two against Hershey this season. This is the first home win for Toronto against Hershey since the 2012-13 season.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: E. Korshkov (4)
- Assists: J. Bracco (6)
- Points: J. Bracco (6)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (2)
- Shots: P. Aberg (18)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+8)
- PIMS: J. Schmaltz (8)
- Toronto is 4-0-0-0 when recording the first goal of the game.
- The Marlies are 4-0-0-0 when leading after the first period and 3-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 1-0-0-0 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 4-0-0-0 in October.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
- Egor Korshkov has points (4-1-5) in four consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Jordan Schmaltz has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
- October 10: Loaned forward Kalle Kossila from Toronto (NHL).
- October 14: Loaned defenceman Rasmus Sandin from Toronto (NHL).
- October 14: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel to Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On playing against Hershey Bears:
They’re a good group. They have a lot of speed and very deep defence. All three pairings that they have are very mobile and very good both with the puck and without it. Their defence makes it hard. Overall, their team speed. I thought lines one through four were very good, and in particular the top two centres they have. They’re as quick and as skilled as centres as you’ll face in the American League, so that presents some problems. We knew that going in, but nothing that we shouldn’t have been able to handle better than we did.
On Rasmus Sandin returning to the Marlies:
He was good. He was just in control when he was out there. He and Liljegren both, I thought Liljegren had his best game today as well. That was a real nice pairing for us and it felt good when they were out there.
On what he’s seen from the team through four games:
We’re a skilled team. We have some players that are opportunistic for sure. I haven’t liked either game that we’ve played here on home ice. We talked to the team and we’re 4-0 here now but in my mind, we really have one win that’s felt like a real true win. I think this group is capable of a whole lot more. We’ve got a day off tomorrow to regroup and have a good practice on Friday and get ready for another opportunity to play on home ice this weekend.
October 19 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m. ET
October 20 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m. ET
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
After picking up back-to-back wins in Winnipeg last weekend, the Marlies return home tonight to kick off a three-game homestand at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies are off to a hot start this season and sit atop the North Division standings with a perfect 3-0 record. Toronto has been dominant on the penalty kill so far this season, shutting down nine power play opportunities and adding a shorthanded goal for.
Players to Watch: Pontus Aberg has points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games. Pierre Engvall has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games. Egor Korshkov has points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games, including a goal in every game so far this season. Jordan Schmaltz has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
The Hershey Bears sit just above .500 with a 2-1-1 record on the season. They come into tonight’s game riding a two-game win streak, including a 5-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.
Players to Watch: Travis Boyd (4-2-6) and Mike Sgarbossa (3-3-6) lead the Bears with six points apiece. Since clearing waivers earlier this month, Boyd quickly jumped to the top of the AHL leader board after posting six points in his first two games.
Puck drops at 7:00 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 (3)
P. Aberg (3)
|Leading Goal Scorer
||T. Boyd (4)
|P. Engvall (5)
||Leading Points Scorer
||T. Boyd (6)
M. Sgarbossa (6)
|K. Kaskisuo (2)
||P. Copley (1)
V. Vanecek (1)