The Toronto Marlies bounced back to winning ways Friday night, defeating the visiting Syracuse Crunch 5-2 in an important divisional matchup.
The Marlies spoke about the importance of a strong start today, and they followed through on that by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kenny Agostino opened the scoring at 13:09 of the opening frame, capitalizing on a power play opportunity with an absolute rocket from the faceoff circle. Joseph Duszak and Nic Petan assisted on Agostino’s 26th of the season. 12 seconds after Agostino’s goal, Tyler Gaudet ripped a shot top shelf to put the Marlies ahead 2-0. Miikka Salomaki and Matt Read assisted on the goal. The Marlies held the Crunch to only five shots on goal in the opening frame and held a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Syracuse leading scorer, Alex Barre-Boulet got the visitors on the board at 8:26 of the second period to cut the Marlies’ lead in half. Late in the frame, Toronto restored a two-goal lead as Hudson Elynuik tipped in a shot from Michael Kapla for his fourth of the season. Again, the Marlies held Syracuse to only five shots on goal in frame and held a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame.
Kenny Agostino provided some more cushion, capitalizing on another power play opportunity at 6:26 of the final frame. The goal came from almost the same spot as his first period goal and gave the Marlies a 4-1 lead. The Crunch pulled their goaltender with over six minutes remaining in the third period in hopes of battling back with an extra skater. They got one back at 14:55 as Taylor Raddysh cut the Marlies’ lead to 4-2. Hudson Elynuik added an empty net goal for his second of the night at 19:14, sealing a 5-2 victory for the Marlies.
The Marlies and Crunch will square off again tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Syracuse: A. Barre-Boulet (27) PP (C. Gaunce, M. Joseph), T. Raddysh (18) PP (D. Yan, O. Somppi)
Goaltender: S. Wedgewood (23/27)
Toronto: K. Agostino (26) PP (J. Duszak, N. Petan), T. Gaudet (4) (M. Salomaki, M. Read). H. Elynuik (4) (M. Kapla, S. Pooley), K. Agostino (27) PP (M. Lorito, P. Aberg), H. Elynuik (5) EN (G. Wilson)
Goaltender: P. Gahagen (19/21)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kenny Agostino opened the scoring at 13:09 of the first period and scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 6:26 of the third period, both on the power play. Agostino has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his last six games. He set a career-high in power play goals (9) scored in one season. This is his fourth multi-goal game of the season.
- Tyler Gaudet scored Toronto’s second goal at 13:21 of the first period. Gaudet has 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 56 games this season.
- Hudson Elynuik scored Toronto’s third goal at 17:37 of the second period and added an empty goal at 19:14 of the third period. This was his first career AHL multi-goal game. Elynuik has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 51 games this season.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. This was his seventh power play assist. Duszak has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last five games.
- Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. Petan has five assists through three consecutive games.
- Miikka Salomaki had the primary assist on Gaudet’s first period goal. He has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through six games with the Marlies this season.
- Matt Read picked up the secondary assist on Gaudet’s first period goal.
- Michael Kapla recorded the primary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Kapla has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Scott Pooley registered the secondary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Pooley has 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 28 games this season.
- Matt Lorito had the primary assist on Agostino’s third period power play goal. He has four assists in his last three games. Lorito has 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) in 56 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg collected the secondary assist on Agostino’s third period power play goal.
- Parker Gahagen stopped 19 of 21 shots he faced. This was his first win for the Toronto Marlies. Gahagen is now 1-1-0-0 on the season with a .865 save percentage and a 3.65 goals against average.
- Kenny Agostino and Tyler Gaudet’s first period goals were Toronto’s fastest consecutive goals of the season at 12 seconds.
- Toronto was 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play. Toronto last scored two power play goals in a 3-2 win against Texas on March 2.
- Toronto had a 28-21 edge in shots in all situations. Matt Lorito led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 16-17-3-1 against North Division opponents and 1-1-1-0 against the Syracuse Crunch.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (27)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: K. Agostino (49)
- PPG: K. Agostino (9)
- Shots: P. Aberg (140)
- +/-: M. Salomaki (+12)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (77)
- Toronto is 20-7-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 13-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 18-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 11-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 7-6-0-0 in Friday games and are 2-1-0-0 in March.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
- Hudson Elynuik has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
- Michael Kapla has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Matt Lorito has assists (4) in three consecutive games.
- Scott Pooley has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Matt Read has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Miikka Salomaki has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
- March 6: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- March 6: Signed defenceman Garrett Johnston to PTO.
- March 5: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On if he’s satisfied with the team’s performance tonight:
Really satisfied. The team was bought into the whole sixty minutes. Thought our up-ice pressure took away a lot of their time and space and our D did a great job holding the middle of the rink and having good gaps. We played really fast today, countered fast, and it was a lot of executing the things we’ve been talking about as of late. The guys knew this was an important two points and it was good to see them show up.
On getting contributions from the entire lineup:
This time of year things are tight, every line can play. I mean every coach has been working with their team to iron out details and be responsible defensively all season so there’s not as many mistakes out on the ice right now. Any team that’s going to go deep and do anything special needs depth scoring.
On goaltender Parker Gahagen’s first win as a Marlie:
He was great. He always has a big smile on his face, he competes so hard. Great kid, all the guys like him in the locker room. The team was really happy to get this one for him.
On Kenny Agostino (2 goals):
Kenny has been our best player for the last two months. He showed up again tonight. He can absolutely wire a puck. It was good to see him show up on the scoresheet because he’s been doing a lot of good stuff and at times when the team’s not really rolling he’s the guy even going out, finishing a couple checks and bringing some energy as a leader for this group.
PARKER GAHAGEN (19 SAVES)
On his first win as a Marlie:
It’s a great feeling, just to be able to contribute to the team. I mean, it’s a critical time of the year having to be on the outside looking in with the playoff picture and I’m just happy we could get away with two points here.
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 vs Rochester – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
The Toronto Marlies hit home ice tonight to open an important back to back against the Syracuse Crunch.
After a tough loss to Belleville on Wednesday, the Marlies will be looking to bounce back on home ice tonight against this tough divisional opponent. The Marlies have dropped both of their previous matchups against Syracuse this season and hope to make up ground in the six-game regular season series tonight. Following the games this weekend, the Marlies and Crunch are set to square off two more times, once more in Toronto this month and then again in Syracuse on April 10th.
It’s no secret that this is a big divisional matchup with serious playoff implications as the Marlies continue to chase the Crunch in a tight North Division race. An important four points are on the line this weekend as the Marlies look to climb their way back into a playoff position. Syracuse comes into tonight’s game with wins in four of their previous five contests and six of their last 10. The Crunch are holding onto fourth place in the North Division with 65 points. Binghamton and Laval are neck and neck with 64 points apiece, and not far behind is Toronto with 61 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network and TSN 2. Fans can also stream the game live on the Maple Leafs app.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (25)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (26)
|K. Agostino (47)
||Leading Points Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (55)
|K. Kaskisuo (14)
||S. Wedgewood (13)