The Marlies suffered their third straight loss Friday night, dropping an 8-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch.
The Crunch came out flying in the opening minutes and capitalized just 46 seconds into the first period. The Marlies were held to only five shots on goal in the first 20 minutes while the Crunch peppered Joseph Woll with 23 shots. The home team added two more goals in the opening frame to give themselves a three-goal cushion heading into the first intermission.
Syracuse converted on an early power play in the second period to extend their lead to 4-0. Kasimir Kaskisuo then entered the game to relieve Woll. Just over two minutes later, Nic Petan potted one on the power play to get the Marlies on the board and cut the deficit to 4-1. Timothy Liljegren and Kenny Agostino picked up the assists on the goal. The Crunch responded just over a minute later with a shorthanded goal to restore their four goal lead, and followed that up with another goal at 8:46 to make it 5-1. At 11:07, Matt Read scored a pretty looking goal, going end to end before wiring a shot over the shoulder of Crunch goaltender, Spencer Martin to make it 6-2.
The Crunch added two more goals in the third period to seal an 8-2 win. The Marlies will head home to host the Rochester Americans tomorrow before closing out the 3-in-3 on Sunday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: N. Petan (4) PP (T. Liljegren, K. Agostino), M. Read (4) (B. Harpur, N. Baptiste)
Goaltender: J. Woll (25/29), K. Kaskisuo (23/27)
Syracuse: G. Smith (12) (C. Conacher, B. Thomas), B. Thomas (2) (O. Somppi, D. Martel), T. Raddysh (6) PP (A. Barre-Boulet, C. Foote), R. Colton (5) PP (A. Barre-Boulet, A. Volkov), C. Conacher (12) SH (D. Martel), G. Smith (13) (C. Foote, M. Joseph), A. Barre-Boulet (13) (T. Raddysh, O. Somppi), O. Sompii (4) (D. Walcott, J. Huntington)
Goaltender: S. Martin (20/22)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Nic Petan scored on the power play at 5:39 of the second period. Petan has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 11 games this season.
- Matt Read scored at 11:07 of the second period. Read has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 25 games this season. He has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Petan’s second period goal. Liljegren has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in his last five games. Liljegren has 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino registered the secondary assist on Petan’s second period goal. Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Ben Harpur had the primary assist on Read’s second period goal. Harpur has eight assists through 26 games this season.
- Nick Baptiste picked up the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. Baptiste has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 22 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced before leaving the game early in the second period. Woll is now 6-7-1-1 on the season with a .890 Save Percentage and a 3.53 Goals Against Average. Kasimir Kaskisuo replaced Woll, stopping 23 of 27 shots he faced. He now has a .913 Save Percentage and a 2.61 Goals Against Average.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo and Rasmus Sandin were selected to represent Toronto at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
- The Marlies last allowed eight goals in a game on December 12, 2018 against Syracuse.
- Toronto was 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Syracuse had a 56-22 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal. This is the most shots Toronto has allowed all season, both in a game (56) and in a period (23).
- The Marlies are 9-6-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 0-1-1-0 against the Syracuse Crunch. Toronto lost in overtime to Syracuse 4-3 on October 27. Pontus Aberg, Tyler Gaudet and Garrett Wilson scored for the Marlies and Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 35 shots.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (17)
- Assists: J. Bracco (23)
- Points: K. Agostino (28)
- PPG: P. Aberg, K. Agostino, E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (90)
- +/-: G. Wilson (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
- The Marlies are 7-6-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-8-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 12-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 in Friday games and are 0-1-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Matt Read has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
- 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 what Toronto had planned against Syracuse’s speed:
(Against) any team that plays fast, the work of our forwards to reload, get over top allows our D to hold good gap, our D are holding good gap and are confident with our forwards in their spot, they’ve got to work together as a group of five to deny their lines and deny their speed. (Syracuse) had a pretty good game plan, they flipped some pucks in the neutral zone, they were glassing some pucks, they were just taking off, making it difficult on us tonight.
On whether there was cohesiveness amongst Toronto’s five-man units:
There was too much inconsistency in effort. Some guys are going, some guys are not. We need to be rolling as an entire team and playing as a group of five, relying on each other and wanting to play for each other. We didn’t have that tonight.
On what his feeling was on the team’s play in front of Toronto’s goaltenders:
Frustrating. They’re their teammates, they need to protect them. We weren’t good enough in front of those guys, they owe them big time. There’s been a lot of games this year that they have probably helped them and bailed them out. To let them down tonight is hard.
January 4 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
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
The Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch are set to meet for just the second time this season, kicking off 2020 with a North Division matchup.
In their previous meeting back in October, the Crunch edged the Marlies in a 4-3 overtime decision to take a 1-0 lead in the regular season series. Heading into the holiday break, the Crunch had dropped four of their previous five contests and will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid tonight on home ice. Syracuse is currently in sixth place in the North Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference with 35 points.
The Marlies are also looking to get back in the win column after closing out 2019 with back-to-back losses. They have another busy weekend ahead as tonight’s contest opens another 3-in-3 weekend for the Marlies as they host the division-leading Rochester Americans tomorrow, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Sunday. Toronto sits in third place in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 41 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM 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 (17)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (12)
|P. Aberg (27)
K. Agostino (27)
|Leading Points Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (27)
|K. Kaskisuo (10)
||S. Wedgewood (7)