For the third consecutive game and fifth time this season, the Marlies and Senators needed extra time for a game decision. Coming into tonight’s game, the Marlies and Senators were even in extra time decisions, but it was the Senators who came out on top today, edging the Marlies 4-3.
Belleville opened the scoring with a power play goal from Drake Batherson at 9:33. Jordan Murray and Logan Brown assisted on Batherson’s 16th of the season. With time winding down in the frame the Marlies were pressuring as they looked to get on the board. With 1.4 seconds to go, Martin Marincin evened things up with a blast from the high-slot. His first goal in his third game with the Marlies was unassisted. The Marlies outshot the Senators 11-7 in the opening 20 minutes and the score was tied 1-1.
Darren Archibald scored the lone goal of the second period to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. His 13th of the season from Adam Tambellini and Chase Balisy came at 14:06 of the frame.
The Marlies added a goal early in the third to even the score. Chris Mueller notched the tying goal, tapping in a shot from Marincin just 11 seconds into the frame. They added a third goal at 10:21, capitalizing on a power play opportunity as Mueller found Jeremy Bracco rushing the back post. The Senators were quick to respond and evened the score once again at 12:32 with a goal from Adam Tambellini. The score remained locked at 3-3 at the end of regulation.
Logan Brown notched the overtime winner just 1:05 into extra time to seal a 4-3 win for the visiting Senators.
Belleville: D. Batherson (16) PP (J. Murray, L. Brown), D. Archibald (13) (A. Tambellini, C. Balisy), A. Tambellini (11) (D. Archibald, S. Elliott), L. Brown (12) (C. Goloubef, J. Murray) Goaltender: M. Hogberg (31/34)
Toronto: M. Marincin (1) (Unassisted), C. Mueller (24) (M. Marincin, J. Bracco), J. Bracco (14) PP (C. Mueller, S. Gagner) Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (19/23)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Martin Marincin scored unassisted with 1.4 seconds left in the first period and later added the primary assist on Mueller’s third period goal. This was his first goal in his third game with the Marlies.
Chris Mueller scored 11 seconds into the third period for his 50th point of the season and later picked up the primary assist on Bracco’s third period power play goal. This is the fourth straight and seventh season where Mueller has recorded 50 points or more. Mueller has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in six consecutive games.
Jeremy Bracco scored on the power play at 10:21 of the third period and earlier, recorded the secondary assist on Mueller’s third period goal. Bracco has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last three games. This is Bracco’s 10th point (3 goals, 7 assists) through nine games this season against Belleville. Bracco leads the AHL in assists (35).
Sam Gagner recorded the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period power play goal. 18 (7 goals, 11 assists) of Gagner’s 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) have been on the power play.
Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 19 of 23 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 7-7-2-0 on the season with a .877 Save Percentage and a 3.52 Goals Against Average.
This is the 13th overtime game of the season for Toronto and their fifth overtime loss.
Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play.
Toronto had a 34-23 edge in shots in all situations. Andreas Borgman led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
The Marlies are 17-13-5-3 against North Division opponents and are 3-3-3-0 against the Senators. Belleville has outscored Toronto 37-34, with six of nine games requiring extra time.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: C. Mueller (24)
Assists: J. Bracco (35)*
Points: C. Mueller (51)
PPG: C. Mueller (11)
Shots: S. Gagner (125)
+/-: C. Mueller, C. Rosen (+8)
PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
The Marlies are 7-3-2-0 when tied after the first period and 1-15-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 13-8-3-1 when outshooting their opponent.
The Marlies are 3-3-2-0 in Sunday games and are 3-0-2-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Jeremy Bracco has recorded points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games.
Chris Mueller has recorded points (5-5-10) in six consecutive games.
Timothy Liljegren (ankle) did not dress for today’s game. He is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for today’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
February 3: Traded defenceman Stefan LeBlanc to Utica (AHL) in exchange for forward Tanner MacMaster.
February 3: Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin from Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game: I just thought that it was a very sleepy game on both sides. We kind of expected it with their team from what they’ve been through this weekend, three in three and travel and all that, but we certainly didn’t expect it from our team. It was just a very, very nonchalant hockey game all the way through. That played right into their hands and what they needed this game to be like and it’s pretty disappointing from our end that that’s the way we made the game.
On accountability following a loss: It’s part of it but we have limited options, right? We’ve got some injuries, obviously and we’ve lost some of our depth over time, we’ve had veteran situations, so we have limited options in that sense, but certainly accountability is a big part of it. I mean we’ve got to be more consistent with our effort, as much as we didn’t play three-in-three or anything like that this week, it’s still the end of long week for us too, but you got to dig in and you got to find a way to overcome that. I like the fact that we responded very well to start the third period, we probably could have won the game right there with a little more luck to go our way in some of those chances, we could have pulled away and in real good shape. But credit to them, they played the game and had the game go the way that they needed it to go today and they hung around and found a way to get another two points here against us.
February 13 at Hartford – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 15 at Providence – 7:05 p.m. ET
February 16 at Springfield – 7:05 p.m. ET
February 18 vs Syracuse – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 20 vs Manitoba – 11:00 a.m. ET
The Battle of Ontario comes back to Coca-Cola Coliseum today as the Marlies host the Belleville Senators for their ninth meeting of the regular season.
The Senators have been a tough opponent for the Marlies this season with half of their meetings needing an extra time decision. After edging the Marlies 7-6 in overtime on February 5th, the Senators took a 5-3 lead in the season series.
Both teams are coming off wins last night, the Marlies a 4-2 win over Springfield and Belleville a 6-3 win over Laval. Six points separate these North Division rivals in the division standings, with the Marlies currently sitting third and the Senators sitting fifth.
Players to watch: Adam Brooks registered two points in last night’s win, including the game winner. He now has 20 points in 35 games. Chris Mueller leads the Marlies with 49 points and has recorded eight points in his last five games. He currently sits third in points and fourth in goals scored amongst AHL skaters. With two assists last night, Jeremy Bracco is now back atop the league in assists with 34. He is tied for first in assists with Chicago’s Daniel Carr.
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