The Marlies got back to their winning ways on Saturday, picking up a big 5-2 win over the division leading Rochester Americans. The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Marlies as they improved to 20-11-2-1 on the season and 13-5 on home ice.
Kalle Kossila opened the scoring at 12:36 of the first period wiring a shot from the slot off a pass from Jeremy Bracco. Two minutes later, Kenny Agostino wired a rocket one-timer top shelf to finish a pass from Pontus Aberg to make it 2-0. The Amerks solved Kasimir Kaskisuo at 18:24 to cut the Marlies’ lead in half heading into the first intermission.
The visitors continued to test Kaskisuo in the second period, firing 14 shots on goal. The pressure paid off as the Amerks evened the score 2-2 at 10:43 of the middle frame. The Marlies were held to only five shots on goal in the middle frame as the score remained tied 2-2 through 40 minutes of play.
Kossila restored the Marlies’ lead at 11:24 of the third period with his second of the game. Jesper Lindgren picked up the assist on the goal. At 13:27, Teemu Kivihalme and Pontus Aberg converted on a give and go as Aberg redirected the puck past Andrew Hammond to put the Marlies ahead by two. Just over a minute later, Egor Korshkov fired a shot top shelf to give Toronto a three-goal cushion. The Marlies held on and Kaskisuo turned away all eight shots he faced in the third period to seal a 5-2 win for the Marlies.
Toronto closes out their 3-in-3 weekend tomorrow as they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for a 4:00 PM start.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Rochester: C. Mittelstadt (2) (A. MacWilliam, J. Dea), L. Pilut (5) (K. Porter)
Goaltender: A. Hammond (22/27)
Toronto: K. Kossila (2) (J. Bracco), K. Agostino (18) (P. Aberg), K. Kossila (3) (J. Lindgren), P. Aberg (13) (T. Kivihalme), E. Korshkov (9) (K. Kossila, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (30/32)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kalle Kossila opened the scoring at 12:36 of the first period and scored the game-winner at 11:24 of the third period. Kossila also had the primary assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. This was his eighth career three-point game. Kossila has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in seven games this season.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 14:42 of the first period. This was Agostino’s 100th career AHL goal. Agostino has points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games. He is third overall in the AHL in scoring (18).
- Pontus Aberg scored at 13:27 of the third period and earlier registered the lone assist on Agostino’s first period goal. This is Aberg’s ninth multi-point (9-10-19) game of the season. Aberg has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games this season.
- Egor Korshkov scored at 14:44 of the third period. Korshkov has 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) through 26 games.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded the lone assist on Kossila’s first period goal. This was his 18th assist of the season at home. Bracco has 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists) in 34 games this season.
- Jesper Lindgren picked up the lone assist on Kossila’s third period goal. Lindgren has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 24 games this season.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the lone assist on Aberg’s third period goal. He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. Kivihalme has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) through 29 games.
- Timothy Liljegren collected the secondary assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. Liljegren has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in his last six games. Liljegren has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games this season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced. He is now 11-4-1-0 on the season with a .914 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average. Kaskisuo is 6-1-0-0 when making 30 or more saves in a game.
- Toronto was not called for a penalty for the first time this season and was 0-for-1 on the power play.
- Rochester had a 32-27 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-8-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-0-1-0 against the Rochester Americans.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (18)
- Assists: J. Bracco (24)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (29)
- PPG: P. Aberg, K. Agostino, E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (94)
- +/-: P. Aberg, G. Wilson (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
- Toronto is 15-3-1-1 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 8-2-1-1 when leading after the first period and 5-3-0-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 13-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 9-3-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-1-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games.
- Teemu Kivihalme has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren has assists (4) in four consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Rochester.
- January 4: Returned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 4: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 1: Returned defenceman Michael Kapla on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 1: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- December 30: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan to Toronto (NHL).
- December 30: Recalled defenceman Teemu Kivihalme from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the message to Toronto following Friday’s loss to Syracuse:
Put that behind us. After a game like that you can’t let it leak into your future games. We just had to make sure that we set a new tone, had a new expectation of how we wanted to do things and get back to what I’m sure this team has done a lot this year.
On how he felt about the play of today’s lineup:
I was happy with everybody. I thought the reason we had success today was because the entire team was going and every line contributed in some different way. We’ll need that moving forward.
On Toronto not taking a penalty in today’s game:
That was really important. We’ve been killing a lot of penalties lately. Some calls could go one way or the other, and some just really stupid decisions we’d been making and it was really good to see our discipline tonight.
January 5 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m. ET
January 10 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 11 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
The Marlies have a tough battle ahead today as they get set to host the north division leading Rochester Americans. The Marlies are fresh off a tough 8-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch, and will be looking to rebound and crack a three-game losing skid in a quick turnaround today.
This is the third meeting between these division rivals. In their last meeting, the Americans evened up the season series, blanking the Marlies 4-0 in Rochester. The Americans have been red hot and are coming off a 4-3 win over Belleville last night. With six wins in their past 10 games, the Marlies will have their work cut out for them against a tough Rochester team.
The Marlies will be looking to regroup in their last weekend at home before heading out on their annual boat show road trip. The Marlies have struggled to find a groove lately with only three wins in their past 10 games. They’ll have home ice on their side today, which has been an advantage for the Marlies this season as they’re 12-5-0-0 when playing in Toronto.
This is the first of four Next Gen games for the Marlies, with a special bobblehead giveaway for fans attending today. The Next Gen games tell the story of our future players, fans and game changers.The first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a limited-edition Andreas Johnsson bobblehead. To learn more about Next Gen, visit: marlies.ca/nextgen
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 (17)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J.S. Dea (11)
|K. Agostino (28)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J.S. Dea (23)
|K. Kaskisuo (10)
||J. Johansson (11)