The Toronto Marlies closed out their 3-in-3 today with a 4-2 loss to the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The visitors tested Marlies’ goaltender, Joseph Woll early and often in the opening 20 minutes, firing 15 shots on goal. Their pressure paid off and Toronto found themselves in an early hole as Lehigh jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Phantoms outshot the Marlies 10-8 in a scoreless second period and held their 2-0 lead through 40 minutes of play.
An early goal in the third put the Marlies down by three, but Timothy Liljegren found the back of the net shortly after to get the home team on the board. Liljegren carried the puck from his own zone and passed it off to Tyler Gaudet for a give and go and he made no mistake burying it for his fourth of the season. The Marlies continued to press, and the home crowd became engaged, hoping the goal would spark a comeback. At 15:33, Giovanni Fiore buried a one-timer off a seam pass from Liljegren to bring the Marlies within one. Late in the game the Marlies pulled Woll in favour of an extra attacker as they aimed to even things up. Toronto couldn’t maintain possession and gave up an empty net goal at 19:36 as Lehigh sealed a 4-2 win.
The Marlies will head out on their annual Toronto Boat Show road trip on Thursday as they get set for another 3-in-3 weekend in Texas.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Lehigh Valley: G. Fitzgerald (5) (K. Gabriel, C. Bigras), P. Laberge (7) (G. Rubtsov, N. Prosser), C. Bunnaman (3) (D. Kase), M. Frost (6) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: A. Lyon (25/27)
Toronto: T. Liljegren (4) (T. Gaudet), G. Fiore (1) (T. Liljegren, M. Read)
Goaltender: J. Woll (31/34)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Timothy Liljegren put the Marlies on the board at 3:29 of the third period and later added the primary assist on Fiore’s goal. He has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in his last seven games. This is his fifth multi-point game of the season.
- Giovanni Fiore scored at 15:33 of the third period. This was his first goal for the Marlies in his second game. Fiore has 49 points (29 goals, 20 assists) through 120 career AHL games.
- Tyler Gaudet picked up the lone assist on Liljegren’s third period goal. Gaudet has 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) through 32 games this season.
- Matt Read recorded the secondary assist on Fiore’s third period goal. Read has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his last five games.
- Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced. Woll is now 6-8-1-1 on the season with a .892 Save Percentage and a 3.50 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Lehigh Valley had a 35-27 edge in shots in all situations. Kristians Rubins led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
- Toronto heads out on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (18)
- Assists: J. Bracco (24)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (29)
- PPG: P. Aberg, K. Agostino, E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (96)
- +/-: G. Wilson (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
- The Marlies are 7-7-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-9-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 13-8-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-2-1-0 in Sunday games and are 1-2-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Timothy Liljegren has points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Lehigh Valley.
- January 4: Returned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 4: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 1: Returned defenceman Michael Kapla on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 1: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On today’s game:
They were hard and heavy. They definitely had some energy. They kept it simple, they just got pucks in behind our D, made it tough on us to have to get out of our end. We came up a bit short tonight. Although they made it difficult on us and the result was not what we wanted, I still thought there were some pieces of our game that are still moving in the right direction. These guys have gone through a lot in the last month and a half within the chemistry of the team and some changes. I think naturally these things happen where they might feel like they’re going through a process. I’m happy right now with what the process is. We have the right guys in the room, they’re saying the right things, they’re doing the right things. Again, tonight the result wasn’t there but I’m excited about what the next few weeks will hold for this group.
On what he expects from the upcoming Boat Show road trip:
Simple road hockey, I guess. I think it will be a good time on the road for me to spend more time with the team and get to know more guys individually and continue to build those relationships, I think it’s very important. I think if we have the right approach and the right mindset within this road trip, we can gain some momentum for our club.
On Joseph Woll:
Yeah, in the second period he really kept us in it. We had a hard time again, like yesterday in the second period, coming out of our end. Second period is just a different period, your line changes are further away. We have to manage those things a little bit better, we’ll learn from that. He definitely gave us a chance to win tonight.
On what he liked from his team in the third period:
The desperation to win battles, the desperation to keep it simple and do the right things and play heavy. Like I said, there’s things that we’re doing better, we’re doing well. We’ve just got to keep building on it and find consistency but we’re seeing signs in the third period.
January 10 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 11 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies close out a 3-in-3 weekend today as they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for their final home game before the annual Toronto Boat Show road trip.
The Marlies cracked a three-game losing skid yesterday with a convincing 5-2 win over the visiting Rochester Americans. Kalle Kossila potted two goals in yesterday’s win, including the game winner at 11:24 of the third period. Kossila also had the primary assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. It was his eighth career three-point game. Kossila has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in seven games this season.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have struggled lately with only two wins in their past 10 contests. They’ll be looking to snap a six-game losing streak today as they also close out a 3-in-3 weekend. The Phantoms dropped a 5-3 decision to Belleville yesterday, and were blanked 4-0 by Laval on Friday night.
This is the first of two meetings between these two teams this season. The Phantoms swept the two-game series last season, but are 4-2-1-1 against the Marlies over the past five years.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network. Fans across Canada can also stream today’s game live in the Maple Leafs App.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (18)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||G. Carey (9)
|P. Aberg (29)
K. Agostino (29)
|Leading Points Scorer
||G. Carey (18)
|K. Kaskisuo (11)
||A. Lyon (7)