The Toronto Marlies hosted the Manitoba Moose for a cross-conference match up on Wednesday. It was an early start at Coca-Cola Coliseum as the Marlies welcomed over 7,500 Toronto District School Board students for their first School Day Game of the season.
The Marlies came out strong in the opening minutes, feeding off the energy from the sold-out crowd. At 7:22, Manitoba’s Justin Woods was called for holding, giving the Marlies an early opportunity on the man-advantage. The Marlies capitalized 30 seconds into the power play as Michael Carcone buried a sweet feed from Jeremy Bracco. Calle Rosen picked up the secondary assist on Carcone’s 13thof the season. Near the end of the frame the Marlies extended their lead to 2-0 as a shot from Vincent LoVerde redirected off traffic in front of the net. Dmytro Timashov and Pierre Engvall assisted on LoVerde’s second of the season. The Marlies outshot the Moose 14-7 in the opening frame and held a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Moose cut the deficit at 5:50 of the middle stanza when Jimmy Oligny beat Hutchinson on a breakaway. The goal was Oligny’s first of the season and was unassisted. The Marlies were quick to respond as Gabriel Gagne beat Eric Comrie with a shot from the point to restore their two-goal lead. Tanner MacMaster and Martin Marincin assisted on Gagne’s sixth of the season. Later in the frame, the Marlies went up by three after Carcone found the loose puck in the crease and backhanded it past Comrie. Engvall and Timashov assisted on Carcone’s second of the game and the Marlies held a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.
Manitoba came close to tying things up with two late goals with an extra attacker. Logan Shaw brought the Moose within two at 16:51 and Nelson Nogier brought them within one with one second remaining in regulation. The whistle blew following the next faceoff as the Marlies edged the visiting Moose 4-3.
Dmytro Timashov (two assists), Pierre Engvall (two assists) and Michael Carcone (two goals) all had two-point games. The Marlies hit the road tomorrow for back-to-back games in Syracuse Friday and Saturday.
Manitoba: J. Oligny (1) (Unassisted), L. Shaw (23) (M. Dano), N. Nogier (1) (L. Shaw, M. Spacek) Goaltender: E. Comrie (25/29)
Toronto: M. Carcone (13) PP (J. Bracco, C. Rosen), V. LoVerde (2) (D. Timashov, P. Engvall), G. Gagne (6) (T. MacMaster, M. Marincin), M. Carcone (14) (P. Engvall, D. Timashov) Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (27/30)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Michael Carcone opened the scoring on the power play at 7:54 of the first period and later added Toronto’s fourth goal at 16:30 of the second period. Carcone has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 22 games with Toronto this season.
Vincent LoVerde scored Toronto’s second goal at 16:17 of the first period. LoVerde has eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 54 games.
Gabriel Gagne scored at 9:43 of the second period. Gagne has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through 15 games this season with Toronto.
Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Carcone’s first period power play goal. Bracco is first in the AHL in assists (39) and is third in points (54).
Calle Rosen registered the secondary assist on Carcone’s first period power play goal. Rosen has recorded points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games. Rosen is second in the AHL in assists (37).
Dmytro Timashov had the primary assist on LoVerde’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Carcone’s second period goal. Timashov has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) through three games.
Pierre Engvall collected the secondary assist on LoVerde’s first period goal and the primary assist on Carcone’s second period goal. Engvall has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in consecutive games.
Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Gagne’s second period goal. This was MacMaster’s first point for Toronto.
Martin Marincin registered the secondary assist on Gagne’s second period goal. Marincin has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in fives with the Marlies this season.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 9-4-3-1 on the season with a .900 Save Percentage and a 3.10 Goals Against Average.
Calle Rosen’s assist (13) on Carcone’s first period power play goal breaks the Marlies single-season record for power play assists by a defenceman. TJ Brennan registered 12 power play assists in 2013-14.
Toronto went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
Manitoba had a 30-29 edge in shots in all situations. Pierre Engvall led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
The Marlies are 3-0-0- against the Moose. Toronto has outscored Manitoba 16-6 through three games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: C. Mueller (24)
Assists: J. Bracco (39)*
Points: J. Bracco (54)
PPG: C. Mueller (11)
Shots: C. Rosen (126)
+/-: C. Rosen (+10)
PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
Toronto is 23-6-1-1 when scoring first.
The Marlies are 19-2-1-1 when leading after the first period and 20-0-1-1 when leading after the second period.
Toronto is 12-8-2-2 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 4-3-0-1 in Wednesday games and are 6-2-2-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Jeremy Bracco has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
Michael Carcone has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
Pierre Engvall has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
Calle Rosén has points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games.
Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on January 16 against Springfield.
Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
Chris Mueller (hamstring) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 10 against Belleville.
Feb. 19: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 19: Recalled forward Hudson Elynuik from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 17: Recalled defenceman Sam Jardine from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 17: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 16: Recalled forward Sam Gagner from loan by Vancouver (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game: Well, it’s a funny game. I thought our penalty kill did a good job of keeping the puck out of our net and our power play got us going in the game. That’s really been the recipe for us here for quite some time is our power play needs to give us a kick start offensively. There were good chunks of the game I really liked from us and then other parts I thought weren’t as good. Third period is a funny period, I thought we had more scoring chances in the third than we had in the entire game, in the first two periods I should say. The goaltender made some huge saves otherwise the game probably get really out of hand and then they get the couple goals on the six-on-five, which I’m disappointed in. Overall, it’s a good win for our team, it’s the two points that we needed and I’m happy we got it done.
On the team at even-strength: I didn’t think that we generated enough in two periods, still (it’s) an issue for us. But the game opened up a little bit in the third period and we had a number of chances. We like to see our guys finish and make good on those, obviously, but at the same time we found a way to put two into the net in the second period at even strength. Those are really big goals for us. One’s just a shot with traffic, but the goal after that from Engvall, Carcone, Timashov-one was a great goal in so many ways. Good structure, we attacked the net, we battled and competed for the loose puck, so that’s more of what we would like to see, consistency from our team.
February 22 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 23 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 27 vs Manitoba – 11:00 a.m. ET
March 2 vs Cleveland – 5:00 p.m. ET
March 6 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies (27-18-5-2) return to action today for an early start at Coca-Cola Coliseum. The Manitoba Moose (25-22-3-2) are in town for the Marlies’ first School Day Game of the season.
Coming into today’s game, the Marlies are riding the high of a dramatic comeback win over the Syracuse Crunch on Monday and will be looking to extend their streak to three straight. The Moose are also coming off a win after beating Milwaukee 3-2 on Monday. These two teams last met in mid-December when the Marlies visited the Moose for back-to-back games. The Marlies combined for 12 goals that weekend with convincing 7-2 and 5-1 victories over the Moose. With a 2-0 lead in their season series the Marlies are definitely favoured in this cross-conference match-up.
Players to watch: After recording three primary assists in Monday’s game against Syracuse, Jeremy Bracco now leads the AHL in assists with 38. He’s registered four points in his last two games and currently leads the Marlies in team scoring with 53 points. Trevor Moore recorded a goal and an assist on Monday and has five points (two goals, three assists) in three consecutive games. Calle Rosen had a three-point game on Monday and now sits first amongst AHL defencemen and third in the league in assists with 36.
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