Marlies Lose Tough One in Laval
Toronto: C. Mueller (5) (Unassisted), C. Mueller (6) (J. Bracco, A. Borgman)
Goaltender: J. Glass (6/9), E. McAdam (21/24)
Laval: L. Vejdemo (3) (A. Grenier, H. Shinkaruk), B. Froese (5) PP (A. Alain, R. Sproul), M. Chaput (5) (B. Kulak, J. Evans), L. Vejdemo (4) (Unassisted), M. Lamarche (1) (A. Belzile, M. Chaput), D. Audette (2) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren (13/15)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Chris Mueller scored unassisted at 2:52 and on the power play at 12:58 of the first period. Mueller leads the Marlies in points (13). This is the fifth consecutive game Mueller has recorded a point (4 goals, 3 assists).
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Mueller’s first period power play goal. This is Bracco’s fourth consecutive game with an assist (5).
- Andreas Borgman registered the secondary assist on Mueller’s first period power play goal. Borgman has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) through 13 games this season. This is Borgman’s fifth consecutive game with a point (1 goal, 5 assists).
- Jeff Glass stopped 6 of 9 shots he faced before leaving midway through the first period. Glass is now 3-4-0-1 on the season with a .849 Save Percentage and a 4.31 Goals Against Average. Eamon McAdam replaced Glass, stopping 21 of 24 shots he faced. McAdam is now 1-0-0-1 on the season with a .917 Save Percentage and a 2.33 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play.
- Laval had a 33-15 edge in shots in all situations.
- Chris Mueller led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-6-0-2 against North Division opponents and are 1-1-0-0 against the Laval Rocket this season.
- The Toronto Marlies will finish their annual Royal Road Trip this Friday against the Belleville Senators. They will have played five games from November 2 to 16 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: S. Gagner, C. Mueller (6)
Assists: C. Rosen (10)
Points: C. Mueller (13)
PPG: S. Gagner (3)
Shots: S. Gagner (45)
+/-: C. Rosen (+7)
PIMS: M. Marchment, A. Nielsen, D. Timashov (12)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the team’s play:
It’s certainly been up and down here for us, particularly over the last few games. It was tough stretch earlier this season and then we put together a real good stretch and then it’s kind of been bouncing back and forth so we’re still trying to figure out who we are as a group. That’s a great challenge for myself and my coaching staff for us to get that sorted.
On this game as a standalone:
A lot of this game is going to be a throwaway for me. Obviously, the way that it started, it’s my job as a coach to give our team a chance to succeed and I don’t think I did that today. That made it hard on us as a group to respond to giving up three as quickly as you do like that but a lot of the things we wanted to do going into the game we weren’t able to do and credit to Laval, they didn’t give us much opportunity. So, once you get down like that, it’s tough sledding.
November 16 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Binghamton – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 18 vs Binghamton – 4:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
November 23 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 25 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies (5-5-0-2) continue on the annual Royal road trip Tuesday night, heading east to Laval for a matchup with the Rocket (6-8-1-0).
The Marlies are coming off an 8-2 win in Belleville in Saturday night and have scored a combined 20 goals in their past three games.
Sam Gagner is leading the Marlies offensively with 12 points on the season (6G, 6A), while Carl Grundstrom (5G, 6A), Chris Mueller (4G, 7A) and Calle Rosen (1G, 10A) are supporting the scoring with 11 points each.
It’s Adam Cracknell’s first return to Laval since joining the Marlies this summer and he enters the game with points in three straight outings, tallying a goal and three assists over that span. Cracknell has 10 points (3G, 7A) on the year.
The Marlies will be without forward Trevor Moore in tonight’s game as the winger was recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) earlier today.
Alex Belzile has been leading the Rocket’s offence with 11 points (1G, 10A) this season. Rookie forward Jake Evans has gotten out to a strong start in his first season, with nine points (5G, 4A) in the early-going.
Both teams have won three of their last five games, with Laval losing their most recent contest on Friday against Cleveland.
One area the Marlies will look to improve Tuesday night is their penalty kill. So far on the season, Toronto has killed off 76.1% of shorthanded situations but tonight can look to gain some momentum and confidence on the PK as Laval has only converted on 11.8% of their power play opportunities.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 and fans can catch all the action on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)