Special Teams Shine in 5-1 Win Over Moose
The Marlies definitely had a swagger about them heading into their second game in as many nights against the Manitoba Moose; and for good reason. Following last night’s 7-2 win, the Marlies looked poised to head back home with two consecutive wins. With a strong performance from their special teams, and a stellar debut from Michael Garteig between the pipes, the Marlies cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Moose.
The Marlies were gifted an early opportunity as the Moose took back-to-back penalties, giving Toronto a two-man advantage. Leading goal scorer Trevor Moore got things started, finishing off a beautiful passing play from Jeremy Bracco and Sam Gagner to get the Marlies on the board. 13 seconds later, the Marlies capitalized on the power play again as Moore sent a cross-crease pass right on the tape of Chris Mueller who made no mistake burying his 12th of the season. Rasmus Sandin added the extra assist on the goal. The Marlies outshot the Moose 10-7 in the opening frame and held a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Just under two minutes into the middle frame Carl Grundstrom extended the Marlies lead to 3-0, firing a sharp shot from the top of the faceoff circle past Manitoba goaltender, Mikhail Berdin. Josh Jooris and Sam Jardine assisted on Grundstrom’s eighth of the season. Later in the frame, at 13:43, the Marlies again found success on the power play as Bracco fed a pass into the crease where Mueller was ready to tap it home. Gagner had the extra assist on the goal. With two goals in each frame, the Marlies held a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
Michael Garteig made some highlight reel saves throughout the first 40 minutes of play to keep the Moose off the board, but at 4:07 of the third, Michael Spacek solved the Marlies netminder and spoiled his chance of a shutout. Past the halfway mark of the frame, the Marlies were able to restore their four-goal lead as Jorris had the puck go in off his skate. The goal was initially called off, but after a quick review the call was turned over and the goal was upheld.
Five Marlies had multi-point nights in tonight’s 5-1 win, including Sam Gagner who picked up three assists in the contest. Garteig earned his first career AHL win, turning away 26 of 27 shots faced, and the Marlies went 3/6 on the power play and were a perfect 6/6 on the penalty kill.
The Marlies will be back home on Wednesday evening to host the Binghamton Devils for a 7:00 start at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
Toronto: T. Moore (15) PP (J. Bracco, S. Gagner), C. Mueller (12) PP (T. Moore, R. Sandin), C. Grundstrom (8) (J. Jooris, S. Gagner), C. Mueller (13) PP (J. Bracco, S. Jardine), J. Jooris (6) (S. Gagner)
Goaltender: M. Garteig (26/27)
Manitoba: M. Spacek (3) (P. Stoykewych, C. Schilling)
Goaltender: M. Berdin (22/27)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Trevor Moore scored on the power play 13:59 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Mueller’s first period power play goal. Moore has recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last two games. Moore is tied for second in goals scored (15) in the AHL.
- Chris Mueller scored at 14:12 on the power play in the first period and at 13:42 of the second period on the power play. This is the third time this season Mueller has scored two goals in one game. Mueller has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in his last nine games.
- Carl Grundstrom scored at 1:51 of the second period. Grundstrom has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) through 25 games this season.
- Josh Jooris scored at 12:05 of the third period and earlier recorded the primary assist on Grundstrom’s second period goal. Jooris has nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) in 27 games this season.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assists on Moore’s first period power play goal and Mueller’s second period power play goal. Bracco has 16 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in his last nine games.
- Sam Gagner registered the secondary assists on Moore’s first period power play and Mueller’s second period power play goal. He later added the lone assist on Jooris’ third period goal. Gagner has 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) in 20 games this season.
- Rasmus Sandin had the secondary assist on Mueller’s first period power play goal. Sandin has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 18 games this season.
- Sam Jardine recorded the secondary assist on Mueller’s second period power play goal. This is Jardine’s second consecutive game with a point (2 assists).
- Michael Garteig stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced in his first start with the Marlies and first AHL win. Garteig is now 1-0-0-0 on the season with a .963 Save Percentage and a 1.00 Goal Against Average.
- Trevor Moore and Chris Mueller’s first period goals were the fastest two goals scored this season at 13 seconds apart.
- The Marlies are the first team this season to reach 100 goals with Chris Mueller’s power play goal in the first period on 884 shots.
- Toronto went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and 3-for-5 on the power play. The Marlies have scored two or more power play goals in eight games this season.
- Both teams had 27 shots in all situations.
- Sam Gagner led the Marlies with 10 shots on goal, a season high for a Marlie in a single game.
- The Marlies are 2-0-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 2-0-0-0 against the Manitoba Moose this season.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: T. Moore (15)
- Assists: C. Rosen (19)
- Points: C. Mueller (28)
- PPG: T. Moore (5)
- Shots: T. Moore (80)
- +/-: C. Grundstrom (+9)
- PIMS: S. Oleksy (36)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Michael Garteig’s first AHL win:
It’s excellent. You’re happy for him. He’s been having a great season (with Newfoundland), comes in with lots of confidence. To get his first AHL win here and give our team a chance to win the game, I thought it was very good, very happy for him.
On this weekend’s wins against Manitoba:
I thought in both games here this weekend, there was a much better effort from our guys in front of both goaltenders. I really believe that when we play like that as a team, we give our goaltenders confidence and give them the ability to find their way in games and the ability to feel good in the net. We saw parts of that this weekend and that’s really what we need to continue to focus on as a team – to limit the chances against, pay attention to detail defensively and be responsible with the puck and that will in turn give our goaltenders confidence and give our team confidence.
On the penalty kill:
Today in particular, it was really strong. Special teams, obviously, major difference in this game, power play and penalty kill. I thought at even-strength the game was very much a saw-off between two teams. It was pretty average for us in terms of our performance but special teams made the difference and that was really important for us.
On Rasmus Sandin to Team Sweden:
We saw him off here today and wished him well. I think his game is in a good place. He should have a ton of confidence from what he’s done and how he’s progressed at this level to take that to the World Juniors and have a little fun for his country.
December 19 vs Binghamton – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 21 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
December 22 at Laval – 1:00 p.m. ET
December 26 vs Belleville – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 28 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.
Following last night’s convincing 7-2 win over the Manitoba Moose, the Marlies have set the tone for the season series and game two of their back-to-back in Winnipeg. They needed a big game to restore their confidence after their loss on Wednesday, and with Jeremy Bracco and Trevor Moore leading the way with two goals apiece last night, the Marlies look poised for another strong showing in Winnipeg tonight.
In addition to keeping the offense rolling, the Marlies will also need to play a disciplined game and limit Manitoba’s opportunites on the man-advantage; both of Manitoba’s goals last night were scored on the power play.
Although there were a lot of positive takeaways from last night’s game, Marlies Head Coach, Sheldon Keefe knows another win tonight won’t be an easy feat. “We’re going to be challenged by a team that’s going to want to push right back so we’ll have to be ready,” said Keefe following last night’s win. The Marlies outshot the Moose 45-28 in last night’s contest, so if they stick to their game plan and continue to generate chances in both 5-on-5 and special teams situations, they should see success again tonight.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and fans can catch all the action on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)