The Marlies were able to bounce back from an early deficit and score five unanswered goals Sunday night in a 5-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Danick Martel opened the scoring for the Phantoms with his league-leading thirteenth goal less than three minutes into the first period. That would prove to be the only time the Phantoms could solve Marlies netminder Calvin Pickard, who slammed the door for the remaining 57:07.
Chris Mueller had the response for the Marlies, deflecting an Andreas Johnsson shot into the top corner on a man advantage. The goal, Mueller’s second this season, tied the game with 7:32 left in the first. Mason Marchment also had an assist on the goal, as he extended his point streak.
Trevor Moore broke the tie past the midway point of the second period, as he dug the puck out of a crowd in the slot and fired it past Phantoms netminder Dustin Tokarski. Moore’s second of the year was assisted by Dmytro Timashov and Mueller.
Less than five minutes later, Ben Smith found a bit of space in tight to the net and went upstairs, scoring his sixth of the season. Marchment collected another assist on the goal, his sixth over the past three games, while Calle Rosen also had a helper.
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Holding a 3-1 lead to start the third, the Marlies successfully killed an early power play opportunity and from there, went on to add some insurance while also limiting the Phantoms’ chances.
Nikita Soshnikov collected a rebound off the end boards and roofed it for his third of the season with 6:31 to play and then Moore scored his second of the game with just 2:17 showing on the clock.
Pickard made a total of 35 saves in the victory, his second of the season. He now has a 2.82 goals against average (GAA) and .915 save percentage (SV%).
Tokarski stopped 32 for Lehigh Valley, but it wasn’t enough as he collects his first regulation loss of the year.
The Marlies went 1-for-4 on the power play as they continue to improve on the man advantage, and kept the Phantoms off the scoresheet on three penalty kills.
With the win, the Marlies improve to 9-3-0-0 on the season and 6-1-0-0 on the road. Lehigh Valley fall to 8-3-0-2 this season and are now 4-2-0-1 at home.
The Marlies next game is Wednesday night when they visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (7-2-0-1) for the fourth game of this long road trip.
Toronto: C. Mueller (2) PP (A. Johnsson, M. Marchment), T. Moore (2) (D. Timashov, C. Mueller), B Smith (6) (C. Rosén, M. Marchment), N. Soshnikov (3) (D. Timashov, T. Dermott), T. Moore (3) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (35/36)
Lehigh Valley: D. Martel (13) (N. Aube-Kubel)
Goaltender: D. Tokarski (32/37)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Chris Mueller opened the scoring for the Toronto Marlies at 12:28 of the first period with a power play goal.
- Trevor Moore registered his first goal of the night and the game-winner at 10:49 of the second period and later added a second at 17:43 of the third period.
- Ben Smith scored at 15:37 of the third period his team-leading sixth goal. Smith has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) this season.
- Nikita Soshnikov recorded his ninth point (3 goals, 6 assists) of the season with his goal at 13:29 of the third period.
Andreas Johnsson had the primary assist on Mueller’s first period power play goal.
- Mason Marchment registered two assists, extending his four-game point streak. Marchment added the secondary assists on Mueller’s first period goal and Smith second period goal.
- Dmytro Timashov added two assists to increase his point total this season to eight (3 goals, 5 assists). Timashov recorded the primary assists on Moore and Smith’s second period goals.
- Calle Rosén had the primary assist for his third of the season on Smith’s third period goal.
- Travis Dermott added the secondary assist on Soshnikov’s third period goal for his third assist of the season.
- Calvin Pickard stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Pickard is now 2-2-0-0 on the season with a .915 Save Percentage and a 2.82 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Lehigh Valley had a 37-36 edge in shots in all situations.
- Nikita Soshnikov and Calle Rosén led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 5-2-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
Goals: B. Smith (6)
Assists: M. Marchment (6), C. Mueller (6), B. Smith (6), N. Soshnikov (6)
Points: B. Smith (12)
PPG: D. Timashov (3)
Shots: N. Soshnikov (36)
+/-: T. Dermott (+9), B. Smith (+9)
PIMS: T. Dermott (20)
On tonight’s game:
I thought there were times in the second where we were sloppy with the puck which fed into their transition and allowed them to generate 17 shots on us in that period. We generated a fair bit ourselves as well, obviously built our lead in that period. I thought that there were things we could have done better to take care of it a little bit. But for the most part we did what we wanted to do, defending around our net very well … We stuck with the game. We got our goal on the power play. They put nothing up on the penalty kill again today. Things that we wanted to accomplish, we got done today and we got a great goaltending performance from Pickard.
On Toronto’s goaltending:
I thought (Pickard) was really solid today and he looked really in control. Any time there was scrambles and stuff around the net, he was very athletic, very competitive, very alert. For a guy who hasn’t played a lot, he was very locked in today. It was really good to see. Sparks has been playing outstanding for us. And to see Pickard step in for us after not playing for a week, it was really good to see that type of effort.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
November 8 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 7:05 p.m. ET
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November 11 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
November 18 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 19 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
Coming off of a 4-1 victory in Hershey last night, the Marlies road trip continues on Sunday with a trip to Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Marlies (8-3-0-0) enter the contest on a two-game winning streak after beating the Bears last night and the Rocket on Wednesday.
Ben Smith had two goals and an assist in last night’s game, as he leads the team in points (5G, 6A) and is tied for first in goals with Andreas Johnsson and Mason Marchment.
Marchment also had a three-point night in Hershey as he’s now riding a three-game point streak with five points (1G, 4A) over that span.
Lehigh Valley (8-2-0-2) come into this evening’s game on the heels of a 6-5 win over the Binghamton Devils yesterday.
The Phantoms are led offensively by Danick Martel, who has 12 goals and 16 points early on this season. Chris Conner also presents a threat, with 13 points (4G, 9A) while Phil Varone and Mike Vecchione each have ten points.
Special teams could play a big role in the contest as both teams are relatively even, with the Marlies running a 13.9% success rate on the power play and the Phantoms at 14.3%.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 5:15 and you can catch all the action on AHL Live or listening in with Marlies Radio.
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