The Marlies picked up their eighth straight win at home and improved to 12-2-2-1 on Saturday, doubling up on the visiting Manitoba Moose 4-2.
Adam Brooks opened the scoring early in the second period, burying a rebound off a shot from Ben Harpur. Kenny Agostino picked up the secondary assist on the goal. At 15:32 of the middle frame, Matt Read put the Marlies ahead 2-0 with his third of the season. The goal came on a delayed penalty as Read finished off a pinpoint passing play from Tyler Gaudet and Teemu Kivihalme. Toronto held a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Marlies carried the momentum into the third period and came out with two goals early in the frame to jump ahead 4-0. Timothy Liljegren scored just 58 seconds into the period, one-timing a loose puck in the slot past Mikhail Berdin. Tanner MacMaster and Egor Korshkov recorded the assists on Liljegren’s goal. Exactly a minute later, Garrett Wilson notched his fifth of the season sneaking in a wraparound goal. Gaudet and Pontus Aberg assisted on the goal. The Marlies held their 4-0 lead for a good chunk of the frame until the Moose solved Michael Hutchinson at 8:52. They added a second goal at 9:19 of the third period to cut the Marlies’ lead in half, but were unable to capitalize in the second half of the frame as the Marlies came away with the two points.
Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves to pick up his third win in as many starts. Hutchinson has a 1.95 goals against average and a 0.942 save percentage.
The Marlies and Moose close out their four-game regular season series tomorrow at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Manitoba: K. Vesalainen (4) (C. Maier, J. Lipon), S. McKenzie (2) (C. Suess, C. Schilling)
Goaltender: M. Berdin (18/22)
Toronto: A. Brooks (2) (B. Harpur, K. Agostino), M. Read (3) (T. Gaudet, T. Kivihalme), T. Liljegren (2) (T. MacMaster, E. Korshkov), G. Wilson (5) (T. Gaudet, P. Aberg)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (32/34)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Adam Brooks opened the scoring at 1:57 of the second period. Brooks has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) through eight games this season.
- Matt Read scored at 15:32 of the second period. Read has two goals in three games and five points (3 goals, 2 assists) through 14 games this season.
- Timothy Liljegren scored his second career game-winning goal 58 seconds into the third period. Liljegren has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. Liljegren has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through 14 games.
- Garrett Wilson scored at 1:58 of the third period. Wilson has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through 15 games with Toronto.
- Ben Harpur recorded the primary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Harpur has five assists through 14 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino registered the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Agostino has seven points (5 goals, 2 assist) in five games.
- Tyler Gaudet picked up the primary assists on Read’s second period goal and Wilson’s third period goal. Gaudet now has 75 career AHL assists. He has eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) through 16 games with Toronto.
- Teemu Kivihalme had the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. Kivihalme has three assists through 15 games.
- Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Liljegren’s third period goal. MacMaster has picked up a point (1-4-5) in each of his last five games.
- Egor Korshkov registered the secondary assist on Liljegren’s third period goal.
- Pontus Aberg had the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Aberg has points (1-4-5) through five games.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 3-0-0-0 on the season with a 0.942 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average.
- Toronto is undefeated at home this season and set a franchise record with their eighth consecutive home win. Toronto has outscored their opponents 34-19.
- Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for today’s game against the Manitoba Moose.
- Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Manitoba had a 34-22 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 6-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 3-0-0-0 against the Moose. This is the third of four games this season against Manitoba this season.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (9)
- Assists: J. Bracco (12)
- Points: P. Aberg 17)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (54)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (43)
- The Marlies are 3-1-0-0 when tied after the first period and 8-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 6-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 6-0-1-1 in Sunday games and are 6-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Ben Harpur has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (1-4-5) in five consecutive games.
- Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not dress for today’s game against Manitoba. He has not dressed since November 6 against Rockford.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Manitoba.
- November 18: Recalled forward Pierre Engvall from loan by Toronto (NHL).
ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN
On today’s game:
I think the guys were very focused. We talked about it coming in that they were the hottest team in the league and it was going to be a challenge. And I thought everybody, to a man, was up for it.
On Michael Hutchinson’s performance through three games (92/98 saves):
Your goalie’s always important. Hutchy’s done a good job since he’s been here of just staying focused and any time we have any type of breakdowns he’s been standing strong for us.
On breaking down Manitoba’s transition play:
They’re a dangerous team. They can break the puck out well and if you turn it over, they have a lot of speed. With any team that’s a dangerous way to play is if you turn pucks over. Guys were really focused on the plan we wanted to have and they executed it well.
GARRETT WILSON (1 GOAL)
On a physical performance from his line with Tyler Gaudet and Matt Read:
We just try to play good defense and usually that leads to offense. Gaudet and Read have been around the game a lot. They know how to be responsible with the puck and when the right time to make plays are. We’re kind of feeding off of each other, building some chemistry, so it’s a lot of fun playing with those guys.
November 24 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 29 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
November 30 vs Utica – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 1 vs Utica – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 4 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies return to action today to host the Manitoba Moose for their first of back t0 back games this weekend at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies and Moose met early in the season when Toronto visited Winnipeg for a back to back weekend in October. The Marlies came away with a 2-0 lead in the four-game season series after winning both games (4-0 and 3-2). Both teams will be looking to keep winning-streaks alive today as they meet for the third time this season.
The Moose are coming in hot, riding the high of seven straight wins and only one loss in their previous 10 games. Moose forward, Jansen Harkins has been on a tear and enters this weekend on a 10-game point streak (3-15-18). Harkins sits sixth in league scoring with 21 points in 18 games played. The Moose currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
The Marlies enter the weekend with four straight wins and a 5-2-2-1 record in their previous 10 contests. Toronto has been perfect at home this season with seven straight wins at Coca-Cola Coliseum. The Marlies are first in the North Division and second in the Eastern Conference. After notching the overtime winner in Wednesday’s game against Laval, Kenny Agostino now leads the Marlies in goals with nine. Pontus Aberg leads the team in points (16) and Jeremy Bracco has the team lead in assists (12). Tanner MacMaster has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network. Fans across Canada can also stream the game live in the Official Maple Leafs App.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (9)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||S. Griffith (8)
|P. Aberg (16)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Harkins (21)
|K. Kaskisuo (5)
||M. Berdin (10)