The Toronto Marlies and Manitoba Moose met for the second time in a week for an early start at Coca-Cola Coliseum. After going down by two in the first period, the Marlies were able to claw back to even the score but a late goal from the Moose would be the difference maker as the Marlies saw their five-game point streak snapped.
Manitoba’s Seth Griffith opened the scoring at the 7:00 mark of the first period, capitalizing on their first power play opportunity of the game. Just past the halfway mark of the frame the visiting Moose extended their lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal from Marko Dano. Dmytro Timashov got the Marlies on the board at 14:16 as he floated a wrist shot over the shoulder of Eric Comrie to cut the deficit. The Marlies would head into the second period down by one.
The Marlies capitalized on an early man-advantage in the second period to even the score 2-2. Adam Brooks potted the tying goal, redirecting a pass from Jeremy Bracco into the back of the net. The score stayed locked at 2-2 heading into the final frame.
Griffith scored his second of the game late in the third period to lift the Moose to a 3-2 win.
The Marlies will be back in action on Saturday to host the Cleveland Monsters for 90’s Night at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drops at 5:00 PM.
Manitoba: S. Griffith (9) PP (T. Poolman, M. Dano), M. Dano (9) (Unassisted), S. Griffith (10) (M. Spacek, J. Harkins) Goaltender: E Comrie (24/26)
Toronto: D. Timashov (8) (M. Carcone, M. Marincin), A. Brooks (14) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin) Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (30/33)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Dmytro Timashov scored at 14:16 of the first period. Timashov has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in his last six games.
Adam Brooks scored on the power play at 4:28 of the second period. This was Brooks’ fifth power play goal. Brooks has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in seven games.
Michael Carcone recorded the primary assist on Timashov’s first period goal. Carcone has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last five games.
Martin Marincin registered the secondary assist on Timashov’s first period goal. Marincin has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in eight games with the Marlies this season.
Jeremy Bracco had the primary assist on Brooks’ second period power play goal. 29 of Bracco’s 41 helpers have been primary assists and is tied for the League-lead.
Rasmus Sandin picked up the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period power play goal. Sandin has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 28 games this season.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 of 33 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 9-6-5-1 on the season with a .904 Save Percentage and a 2.99 Goals Against Average.
Toronto is 14-6-3-1 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 78-66, facing 13 different teams. In 18 of 24 games, Toronto has earned a point (32).
Toronto went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. The Marlies’ power play is third overall in the AHL (22.4) has the second most goals-for (55).
Manitoba had a 33-26 edge in shots in all situations. Nick Baptiste led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 3-1-0-0 against their lone Central division opponent, the Manitoba Moose and finish the season outscoring the Moose 18-9 through four games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: C. Mueller (24)
Assists: J. Bracco (41)*
Points: J. Bracco (56)
PPG: C. Mueller (11)
Shots: C. Rosen (127)
+/-: C. Rosen (+10)
PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
The Marlies are 3-13-2-2 when trailing after the first period and 7-3-3-1 when tied after the second period.
Toronto is 12-9-2-2 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 4-4-0-1 in Wednesday games and are 7-3-3-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Jeremy Bracco has assists (2) in consecutive games.
Adam Brooks has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
Michael Carcone has assists (2) in consecutive games.
Dmytro Timashov has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on February 16 against Springfield.
Frank Corrado (knee) did not dress for today’s game. He has not appeared for Toronto since February 5 against Belleville.
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.
Calle Rosen (foot) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 22 against Syracuse.
Feb. 25: Loaned forward Nicholas Baptiste from Toronto (NHL).
Feb. 25: Recalled forward Hudson Elynuik from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 25: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 25: Recalled forward Josh Kestner from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 25: Recalled forward Trevor Moore from loan by Toronto (NHL).
Feb. 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
Feb. 24: Traded forward Emerson Clark to Milwaukee (AHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game: It’s tough, it’s a tough one to swallow because you’re right there in the final minute of the game to secure at least one point. This time of the year every point is important but it just goes to show if you don’t score you can’t win, you need to score more than two. We had a number of opportunities to do so, we were alone five times with the goalie, and I don’t know if we even registered a shot on many of them. We let them hang around in the game and they get a lucky bounce and they get the second goal in the game, I don’t think they had a lot other than that up until the very end. We had a break down and it cost us.
On Nick Baptiste’s first game with Toronto:
I thought he was good considering he only had one practice. I thought he fit in well with those guys (Adam Brooks and Jeremy Bracco), he had a number of chances, he was all around the net, the puck landed on his stick in really good spots. I think on a lot of days when he’s probably not overthinking things and he’s a little more comfortable, those go in based on the Nick Baptiste that I know and he’s proven that in the league. I think we had a number of chances today that guys wanted to make good on, he was pretty frustrated on the bench but I thought all considered he did a good job for us today.
March 2 vs Cleveland – 5:00 p.m. ET
March 6 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
March 8 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 10 vs Bridgeport – 4:00 p.m. ET
March 11 vs Belleville – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
The Toronto Marlies (29-18-6-3) are back home today to host the Manitoba Moose (25-25-3-2) for an early start at Coca-Cola Coliseum. These two teams met exactly a week ago for the Marlies’ first School Day Game of the season and their third meeting of the regular season. The Marlies came out on top last week by a final score of 4-3 to take a 3-0 lead in their season series against the Moose.
Coming into today’s game the Marlies are riding a five-game point streak with four wins and an overtime loss in their past five games. They are 5-2-3-0 in their past 10 and are currently sitting in third in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Moose, who are coming off a 3-1 loss to Laval and have dropped their last three games, will be looking to get back in the win column today. They are currently out of playoff contention, sitting in eighth place in the Central Division and 12th in the Western Conference.
Players to watch: Jeremy Bracco has been hot lately with six points in his last five games. He currently sits third in league scoring with 55 points (15 goals, 40 assists) and second in the league in assists (40) behind Chicago’s Daniel Carr (41). Defenceman Calle Rosen has registered seven points in his last six games and sits third in the league in assists (37) behind Bracco and third in team scoring with 44 points.
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