The Marlies closed out a five-game home stand on Sunday with a season series sweep against Manitoba in a 4-1 final. The win keeps the Marlies perfect at home so far this season and moves them into second place in the league with 29 points.
Similar to yesterday’s game, neither team held an advantage after 20 minutes of play. Kenny Agostino opened the scoring at 5:36 of the second period, redirecting a shot from Jeremy Bracco to give the Marlies a 1-0 lead. 30 seconds later, the Marlies struck again as Tanner MacMaster found the puck loose at the side of the goal and buried it to give the home team a two-goal cushion.
The Moose capitalized on a power play opportunity early in the third period to cut the Marlies’ lead in half. The Marlies responded with a power play goal of their own late in the frame as Kenny Agostino set up Pontus Aberg for a one-timer from the hashmarks. Just over 30 seconds later, Teemu Kivihalme sent the puck down the ice into the empty net to seal a 4-1 victory for Toronto.
The Marlies will have a few days to practice before kicking off a three-in-three weekend with a visit to Rochester to take on the Amerks.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Manitoba: J. Harkins (6) PP (A. Chibisov, K. Vesalainen)
Goaltender: M. Berdin (25/28)
Toronto: K. Agostino (10) (J. Bracco, A. Brooks), T. MacMaster (4) (D. Archibald, P. Aberg), P. Aberg (9) PP (K. Agostino), T. Kivihalme (1) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: J. Woll (31/32)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kenny Agostino opened the scoring at 5:36 of the second period and later add the sole assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Agostino has nine points (6 goals, 3 assist) in six games. Agostino is tied for eighth overall in goals (10).
- Tanner MacMaster scored Toronto’s second goal at 6:06 of the second period. MacMaster has picked up a point (2-4-6) in each of his last six games. He has matched a career high in points (11) through 17 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored Toronto’s third goal of the game at 17:11 of the third period on the power play and earlier had the secondary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal. Aberg has points (2-5-7) through six games.
- Teemu Kivihalme scored an empty net goal at 17:37 of the third period. This is Kivihalme’s first career AHL goal.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. Bracco is now fourth for the Marlies in all-time assists (96).
- Adam Brooks registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. Brooks has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) through nine games this season.
- Darren Archibald collected the primary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal. Archibald has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) through 11 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced and was named first star of the game. Woll is now 4-1-1-1 on the season with a 0.902 Save Percentage and a 3.09 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto is undefeated at home this season and set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive home win. Toronto has outscored their opponents 38-20.
- The goals scored by Pontus Aberg and Teemu Kivihalme in the third period were 26 seconds apart, the fastest two goals scored by the Marlies this season. The previous record was set in the second period by Kenny Agostino and Tanner MacMaster whose goals were 30 seconds apart
- 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-3 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-2 on the power play.
- Manitoba had a 32-29 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg, Jeremy Bracco, Adam Brooks, Hudson Elynuik and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 7-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and sweep their regular season series with four wins against the Moose. Toronto outscored Manitoba 15-5 through their four games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (10)
- Assists: J. Bracco (13)
- Points: P. Aberg (19)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (57)
- +/-: T. Kivihalme (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (43)
- The Marlies are 4-1-0-0 when tied after the first period and 9-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 3-0-1-0 in Sunday games and are 7-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Teemu Kivihalme has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (2-4-6) in six consecutive games.
- 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 whether he was happy with the team’s performance this weekend:
I was very happy. I thought with everything that went on this week I thought the guys, for the most part, were very focused, were dedicated to the plan. Tonight for moments I think Manitoba got to their game plan for a lot longer stretches than us. But when we stuck to our play and we were very opportunistic, it ended up working out well in the end.
On Joseph Woll:
Coming in I didn’t really know much about him. I knew he was a very good prospect for us but seeing him from day one at Leafs camp. He works incredible hard every day. His attitude is great. He smiles all the time. You literally have to drag him off the ice every day. He’s a true professional. I have no doubts in his game anytime he’s in the net.
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
December 7 vs San Antonio – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies close out a five-game home stand and their four-game season series against the Manitoba Moose today at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
After defeating the Moose 4-2 yesterday, the Marlies improved to 12-2-2-1 and remain undefeated at home this season. Yesterday’s win was the Marlies’ eighth straight on home ice, and the two points moved Toronto into first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Moose will be looking to bounce back today after seeing their seven-game win streak come to a close. Manitoba tallied two goals late in the third during yesterday’s game, but the Moose were unable to get anything else past Marlies’ goaltender, Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson made 32 saves to record his third win in as many starts this season for Toronto.
This is the fifth game in nine days for the Marlies and they know it won’t be an easy one against this tough Manitoba team. “They’re a dangerous team,” said Marlies assistant coach, A.J. MacLean following yesterday’s game. “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.”
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 (17)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Harkins (21)
|K. Kaskisuo (5)
||M. Berdin (10)