The Marlies did not get the start they wanted on Thursday night against the San Antonio Rampage, as the blue and white found themselves in an early hole. The home team opened the scoring quickly after being awarded an early opportunity on the power play after Mason Marchment got booked for hooking just 37 seconds into the game. San Antonio capitalized just five seconds into the man-advantage to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Rampage extended their lead minutes later as Mike Vecchione beat Joseph Woll to make it 2-0. The Marlies were outshot 11-8 in the opening frame and trailed by two heading into the first intermission.
The Rampage kept their foot on the gas in the second period, notching two goals in the first half of the frame to pull ahead 4-0. The Marlies saw an opportunity to get on the scoresheet at 14:35 of the second period as San Antonio’s Nathan Walker would serve two minutes for hooking. Toronto converted late in the man-advantage when Scott Pooley batted the puck out of the air in front of the goal past Adam Wilcox. Pontus Aberg and Teemu Kivihalme assisted on Pooley’s third goal in two games. The Marlies were on the board but were down by three heading into the final frame.
Just past the halfway mark of the third, Jeremy Bracco and Nic Petan connected to bring the Marlies within one. Bracco found Petan alone in the slot and Petan made no mistake redirecting the puck up and over the shoulder of Wilcox. With the goal, Petan has now collected seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through four games. Late in the frame with the Marlies pushing to get back into this one, Kenny Agostino came up with a big individual effort, scoring a wrap-around goal to bring his team within one. Despite a last minute frenzy, the Marlies were unable to complete the comeback and the Rampage came away with the two points in the 4-3 final.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: S. Pooley (4) PP (P. Aberg, T. Kivihalme), N. Petan (8) (J. Bracco, M. Marchment), K. Agostino (19) EN (J. Lindgren, T. Gaudet)
Goaltender: J. Woll (26/30)
San Antonio: J. Walman (5) PP (K. Kostin, R. Olsen), M. Vecchione (18) (D. Pouliot, J. Wesley), C. Darcy (3) (N. Stevens, L. Lancaster), K. Kostin (8) (M. Reinke, C. Darcy)
Goaltender: A. Wilcox (24/27)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Scott Pooley put the Marlies on the board with a power play goal at 16:18 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Pooley has three goals against the Rampage in two games this season.
- Nic Petan scored at 10:19 of the third period. He has collected seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through four games.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 18:06 of the third period. He is tied for fifth overall in the AHL in goals (19). Agostino has points (3 goals, 3 assists) in six consecutive games.
- Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on Pooley’s second period power play goal. This was his seventh power play assist of the season. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last two games. Aberg has 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Pooley’s second period power play goal. He has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 33 game this season.
- Jeremy Bracco had the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. Bracco has assists (3) in three consecutive games. Bracco is fifth overall in assists (27) in the League.
- Mason Marchment picked up the secondary assist on Petan’s third period goal. He has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 12 games this season.
- Jesper Lindgren recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Lindgren has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 27 games this season.
- Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Gaudet has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) through 35 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-9-1-1 on the season with a .897 Save Percentage and a 3.40 Goals Against Average. He was 2-1-0-0 against San Antonio this season, making 106 saves on 112 shots.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto has power play goals (5) in three consecutive games.
- San Antonio had a 30-27 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-6-0-0 against Central Division opponents and finish their regular season series 3-1-0-0 against the San Antonio Rampage, outscoring the Rampage by 16-8.
- Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (19)
- Assists: J. Bracco (27)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (32)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (102)
- +/-: G. Wilson (+9)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-9-2-1 (19 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
- The Marlies have been outscored 70-63. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Nic Petan in assists (11) on the road.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-0) and Joseph Woll (3-5-1-1) have combined to make 592 saves.
- The Marlies are 7-8-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-11-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 14-9-1-1 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 0-2-0-0 in Thursday games and are 2-5-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (3-3-6) in six consecutive games.
- Jeremy Bracco has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Tyler Gaudet has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Nic Petan has points (5-2-7) in three consecutive games.
- Scott Pooley has goals (3) in consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- Ben Harpur (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- January 14: Ressigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 14: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- January 14: Returned forward Mason Marchment on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 13: Recalled defenceman Michael Kapla from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 13: Recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On what changed from Toronto’s effort on Sunday to tonight’s game:
Well, it was clear from the start from the first period and a little bit into the second that we weren’t ready to play physically or mentally. Pretty frustrating that the group thought they were going to come into a game and have an easy time against a team that definitely wanted to respond from how Sunday went. As the game went on, we started to find our groove a little bit, a little too late. I did like our pushback and how we took control towards the end. There was a lot of good stuff there but really the game was lost in the first half.
On line changes in the game:
When we’re having a hard time getting things going, I looked to make some little changes or what could help (flipping Pontus Aberg and Mason Marchment). Once that happened, I thought those lines started to come on a little bit. How much of the change had to do with them just realizing that the team needed to step up or it was better chemistry but regardless we started to chisel away. Even in the second period five-on-five, we didn’t give up a lot but still again, first period, slow start, didn’t like our mindset.
On the team’s opportunities on net:
Some guys played strong and got to the net, held onto the puck and made good plays. I thought the first half of the game in our o-zone, we had a lot of turnovers between the top of the circles and the blueline. We either didn’t get pucks through from the point or we tried to force things that weren’t there high in the zone and it transitioned their game. We just need to use more of the zone, we need to hold onto the puck longer, use our possession style to our advantage and use our skillset and we just made it easy on them tonight.
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET
January 19 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 25 at Cleveland – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
Fresh off a 6-1 win, the Marlies are set to close out their four-game regular season series with San Antonio tonight, and will be looking to wrap up the Texas leg of their annual Boat Show road trip on a high note. Scott Pooley potted two goals in Sunday’s win while goaltender, Joseph Woll captured his seventh win of the season, stopping 40 of 41 shots. Building on Sunday’s success will be a focus heading into tonight’s game as the Marlies aim to string together some points before heading to Charlotte this weekend for a back-to-back against the defending Calder Cup Champions.
Sunday’s win certainly brought some confidence back to the Marlies’ dressing room as the team pulled together to snap a three-game losing skid. “The character of the group came back and we played the way we did yesterday and got rewarded for the thing in the game that went the right direction,” said Marlies head coach, Greg Moore, following Sunday’s game. “It was good to see some smiles and the team chemistry in the room after.”
Expect a fast-paced first period as both teams are well rested coming into tonight’s game, and surely the Rampage will be eager to respond here on home ice and snap a three-game losing streak. Puck drops at 8:00 PM EST on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for live game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (18)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||M. Vecchione (17)
|P. Aberg (31)
K. Agostino (31)
|Leading Points Scorer
||D. Pouliot (30)
|K. Kaskisuo (11)
||V. Husso (9)