The Marlies battled from behind in Rochester tonight to pick up their 7th straight victory and improve to 14-2-2-1 on the season.
Rochester’s Brett Murray opened the scoring at 13:24 of the first period to tilt the ice in the home team’s favour early on. The Marlies put 8 shots on goal in the opening frame but couldn’t find the back of the net and found themselves down by 1 after 20 minutes of play.
Tanner MacMaster knotted things up at 13:18 of the second period, firing home a cross-crease pass from Pontus Aberg. MacMaster has picked up a point (3-4-6) in each of his last seven games. The Amerks were quick to respond as Scott Wilson restored their lead at 16:53 of the second. The Marlies again found themselves down by one heading into the intermission.
Darren Archibald brought the Marlies back into the game at 8:43 of the third period, batting home his 4th of the season to even the score 2-2. The score stayed locked at 2-2 for the remainder of the final frame, resulting in some 3-on-3 bonus hockey.
Pontus Aberg came through with the overtime heroics at 1:36 of the overtime frame, scoring his 10th of the season. Aberg has points (3-7-10) through seven games and this was his seventh multi-point game of the season.
The Marlies will have a quick turnaround as they get ready to host the Utica Comets for a 1:30 PM start tomorrow at Scotiabank Arena.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: T. MacMaster (5) (P. Aberg, E. Korshkov), D. Archibald (4) PP (T. Kivihalme, P. Aberg), P. Aberg (10) (J. Schmaltz, K. Agostino)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (33/35)
Rochester: B. Murray (3) (K. Porter, A. Oglevie), S. Wilson (6) (Z. Redmond, S. Malone)
Goaltender: A. Hammond (28/31)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Tanner MacMaster scored Toronto’s first goal at 13:18 of the second period. MacMaster has picked up a point (3-4-6) in each of his last seven games.
- Darren Archibald scored Toronto’s second goal at 8:43 of the third period. This was Archibald’s 100th career AHL goal. Archibald has five points (4 goals, 1 assist) through 12 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored at 1:36 of overtime. He earlier recorded the primary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Archibald’s second period goal. Aberg has points (3-7-10) through seven games. This is his seventh multi-point game of the season.
- Egor Korshkov registered the secondary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal. Korshkov has 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) through 19 games.
- Teemu Kivihalme recorded the primary assist on Archibald’s third period goal. He has points (1-2-3) three consecutive games. Kivihalme has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) through 17 games this season.
- Jordan Schmaltz collected the primary assist on Aberg’s overtime goal.
- Kenny Agostino picked up the secondary assist on Aberg’s overtime goal. Agostino has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in seven games. He scored Toronto’s first overtime winning goal of the season on November 20 against Laval.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 7-1-1-0 on the season with a .930 Save Percentage and a 2.11 Goals Against Average. This is Kaskisuo’s first overtime win of the season.
- Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for tonight’s game against the Rochester Americans. Toronto is 4-0-0-0 under Davison and MacLean.
- Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Rochester had a 35-31 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg, Darren Archibald and Adam Brooks led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 6-0-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 1-0-0-0 against the Rochester Americans.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (10)
- Assists: J. Bracco (13)
- Points: P. Aberg (22)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (62)
- +/-: P. Aberg (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (43)
- The Marlies are 4-0-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 1-1-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 8-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 3-1-0-0 in Friday games and are 8-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games.
- Darren Archibald has points (2-1-3) three consecutive games.
- Teemu Kivihalme has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (3-4-7) in seven consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Rochester.
- November 29: Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin from Toronto (NHL).
- November 28: Recalled forward Matt Bradley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 28: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 28: Reassigned forward Aaron Luchuk by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN
On whether the first two periods was what he expected out of both teams:
More so them, we knew they were going to forecheck and work very hard, given their lineup and they definitely did that. They stuck to their game plan well but I thought our guys did a good job, as the game went on we got a little bit more comfortable and then we got to our structure and game plan. The third period was more of what I would have liked to see the whole game.
On the explanation from officials on Archibald’s delayed goal call:
There wasn’t much of one. (The official) just came over and said it happened so quick, he just wasn’t sure if it went in or not and they were going to review it anyways and when they did, they got the call right which is great.
On the team regaining focus for their early afternoon game tomorrow:
I wouldn’t forget about it. You take your lessons every game. We want to build off our third period and learn what worked for us and what didn’t in the first couple of periods and that’s what we’re going to do and get on the bus and get out of here.3
On Pontus Aberg’s three-point night:
He’s always dangerous, always dangerous. When he gets a puck in a good area, he can really shoot, he can make a play. He got a few tonight and he made do with an assist in the second period and he got his luck tonight and he beared down and ripped it.
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
December 8 vs San Antonio – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies open up a 3-in-3 weekend tonight with a visit to Rochester to take on the Americans.
The Americans (12-3-1-2) are off to a hot start and have a 7-1-1-1 record in their previous 10 games. Jean-Sebastien Dea leads the way for Rochester with 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) through 18 games.
While the Marlies remain undefeated on home ice, their record when playing away from the Coliseum is not quite as pristine. With a 4-2-2-1 record on the road so far this season, the Marlies will definitely be looking to carry the momentum from their recent five-game home stand into tonight’s game. Toronto set a new franchise record on Sunday following their ninth consecutive home win.
It’s bound to be a good one as the two division leaders meet for the first time since Toronto swept Rochester in the North Division Semifinals of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. When asked about tonight’s challenge, Marlies’ assistant coach A.J. MacLean commented, “they play fast, they forecheck well, they’re very dangerous in all areas of the ice,” adding, “it’s definitely a challenge going down there and facing this team. We’re going to have to be sharp and ready to go.”
Puck drops at 7:05 PM on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (10)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J-S. Dea (7)
|P. Aberg (19)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J-S. Dea (13)
|K. Kaskisuo (6)
||J. Johansson (5)