The Marlies battled back for a second time this weekend to force overtime and pick up a point, but similar to yesterdays’ game, dropped the overtime decision. After going down 3-1 after two periods of play, the Marlies clawed back in the third to even the score and send the game into overtime. The Crunch ended it quickly, scoring just 39 seconds into extra time to seal a 4-3 win.
Pontus Aberg opened the scoring for the Marlies at 14:36 of the first period, firing a wrist shot past Louis Domingue from the top of the circle. Timothy Liljegren and Tanner MacMaster recorded the assists on the goal. Toronto held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.
The Crunch came out firing in the second period with three unanswered goals to jump ahead 3-1. With only five shots on goal in the middle frame, the Marlies headed to the dressing room to regroup for the third period.
Garrett Wilson wired a shot past Domingue at 6:22 of the third period to bring life back to the Marlies and cut the deficit to one. At 12:51, Tyler Gaudet notched the equalizing goal that would ultimately send things to overtime.
Gemel Smith was the overtime hero for Syracuse, notching the game winner 39 seconds into extra time.
The Marlies will be back in action on Friday as the Battle of Ontario heads to Belleville.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: P. Aberg (5) (T. Liljegren, T. MacMaster), G. Wilson (2) (P. Aberg), T. Gaudet (2) (K. Agostino, J. Schmaltz)
Goaltender: J. Woll (31/35)
Syracuse: C. Foote (1) (O. Somppi), R. Colton (1) (M. Stephens, B. Katchouk), T. Raddysh (1) PP (G. Smith, A. Volkov), G. Smith (3) (L. Schenn, A. Volkov)
Goaltender: L. Domingue (15/18)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 14:36 of the first period and later added the sole assist on Wilson’s third period goal. He has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in eight games. Aberg leads the Marlies in shots (30).
- Garrett Wilson scored Toronto’s second goal at 6:22 of the third period. This is Wilson’s second goal through six games with Toronto.
- Tyler Gaudet scored Toronto’s third goal at 12:51 of the third period. Gaudet has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) this season through eight games.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Liljegren is second on the Marlies in assists (5) through eight games.
- Tanner MacMaster picked up the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. MacMaster has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games which matches a career best.
- Kenny Agostino registered the primary assist on Gaudet’s third period goal. This was his 250th career AHL point. Agostino has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in six games with the Marlies.
- Jordan Schmaltz collected the secondary assist on Gaudet’s third period goal. Schmaltz has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) through seven games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 35 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-0-1-0 on the season with a 0.917 Save Percentage and a 2.34 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto was 6-for-7 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Syracuse had a 35-18 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Jeremy Bracco andGarrett Wilson led the Marlies with two shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 3-0-2-0 against North Division opponents and are 0-0-1-0 against the Crunch. This is the first of six games this season against Syracuse. Toronto was 4-1-1-0 last season against Syracuse.
- The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg, E. Korshkov (5)
- Assists: J. Bracco (6)
- Points: P. Aberg (9)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (3)
- Shots: P. Aberg (30)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+10)
- PIMS: J. Schmaltz (10)
- Toronto is 5-0-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 4-0-1-0 when leading after the first period and 0-0-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 2-0-1-0 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 1-0-1-0 in Sunday games and are 6-0-2-0 in October.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Tanner MacMaster has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in today’s game against Syracuse.
- October 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- October 21: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On whether he saw improvements from Saturday’s overtime loss against Binghamton:
This was a regression here today. We expected some of that to be honest, just because of the quality of the opponent. This is our annual trip to Syracuse to try to figure out how to be a hockey team so a lot of lessons to be learned in the game today. Most of the game it didn’t even feel like we were in the arena but for us to have the fight to stay with it and earn ourselves a point is a really positive thing. Luckily for us, the pace of play really slowed down in the third period as they started to kind of trap and settle down in the neutral zone. It allowed us to get a couple of entries and they resulted in goals. Not a lot to like about our game but what is to like is that there’s lot of opportunity to learn from it.
On Joseph Woll (31 saves on 35 shots):
He was outstanding. It’s a far different game without him in the net. He gave us an opportunity to come back. Our goaltending, just like last night, same thing, had given us a chance to come back and earn points. Again, in overtime, we get a chance in alone on the goaltender, we get a chance just like yesterday to score and we don’t and they come down and they score. It’s the nature of overtime. We loved everything we saw from Joe Woll today, we’ve just got to do a better job.
November 1 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 2 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. CT
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies close out their weekend trip to Upstate New York today in Syracuse for a divisional matchup against the Crunch.
The Marlies picked up a point last night in Binghamton but saw their first loss of the season as the Devils picked up the overtime win. Toronto’s point streak now sits at 7 straight games with a 6-0-1 record; good for 3rd place in the AHL. Egor Korshkov, Pierre Engvall and Pontus Aberg continue to lead the Marlies with 7 points apiece.
Today marks the first of six meetings between the Crunch and the Marlies, and Syracuse will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid including a 7-6 overtime loss to the Rochester Americans last night. The Crunch are 2-2-2 to start the season and sit 7th in the North Division. A familiar face will be in the lineup for the Crunch today, former Marlie, Chris Mueller. Mueller leads the Crunch with 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games.
Puck drops at 5:00 PM on AHLTV or fans can check in on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|E. Korshkov (5)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||A. Barre-Boulet (4)
|E. Korshkov, P. Engvall, P. Aberg (7)
||Leading Points Scorer
||C. Conacher, C. Mueller (6)
|K. Kaskisuo (4)
||L. Domingue (1)
S. Wedgewood (1)