The Marlies and Crunch put on an exciting back-and-forth display on Friday night in an evenly matched game that required an overtime decision. The two teams played over 60-minutes without a goal before Syracuse’s Alex Barre-Boulet notched the overtime winner at 2:22 of the extra frame.
Penalties slowed the pace of play in tonight’s game as the teams combined for 12 infractions. Neither side was successful on the man-advantage with the Marlies going 0/7 on the power play and the Crunch going 0/5. Adam Brooks led the way five shots on goal, but the Marlies were unable to find the back of the net tonight as Eddie Pasquale turned away all 26 shots he faced to earn the shutout.
Three points now separate these North Division rivals and the Marlies and Crunch will square off again tomorrow to close out the weekend.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PLAYOFF PRIMER
Toronto: No goals
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (29/30)
Syracuse: A. Barre-Boulet (24) (A. Volkov, B. Thomas)
Goaltender: E. Pasquale (26/26)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 9-4-4-1 on the season with a .903 Save Percentage and a 2.98 Goals Against Average.
- This is the third game where Toronto has ended regulation with no score. Toronto is 2-1 in such games, previously defeating Belleville and Laval 1-0 in overtime.
- The Marlies’ away record is 14-8-2-3. Toronto is one of two teams to have scored 100 or more goals on the road (109) through 26 games.
- Toronto is 13-5-3-1 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 73-61, facing 12 different teams. In 17 of 22 games, Toronto has earned a point (30).
- Toronto went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-7 on the power play.
- Syracuse had a 30-26 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 18-13-6-3 against the North division opponents and 3-1-1-0 against the Crunch. Toronto and Syracuse are even in scoring at 15 through five games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: C. Mueller (24)
- Assists: J. Bracco (39)*
- Points: J. Bracco (54)
- PPG: C. Mueller (11)
- Shots: C. Rosen (126)
- +/-: C. Rosen (+10)
- PIMS: M. Marchment (56)
- The Marlies are 7-4-3-0 when tied after the first period and 6-2-3-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 12-8-2-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 7-5-2-2 in Friday games and are 6-2-3-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game following the first period on January 16 against Springfield.
- Mason Marchment (collarbone) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the first period on February 1 against Laval and did not return.
- Chris Mueller (hamstring) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on February 10 against Belleville.
- Feb: 21: Returned defenceman Sam Jardine on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb: 21: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb: 21: Returned forward Hudson Elynuik on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb. 19: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- Feb. 19: Recalled forward Hudson Elynuik from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I didn’t like our first period at all. The first period was borderline abusive for me. We weren’t even in the contest much in the first period. They gave it to us pretty good there and then penalties, I thought, slowed the game down significantly which I thought was a great advantage for us. Obviously, we’d like our power play to be better, find a way to come through but fortunately, our penalty kill did a great job today and that gives you a chance to win the game and we had chances to win, we were in alone a couple of times and don’t make good on it. Hutchy held us in all game. That’s as locked in and as solid as we’ve seen him. We find a way to get a point. It’s a great accomplishment on the road against a team like this so we’ll take that and we like the fact that we got better. By the time the game was said and done, I think we’re right there with them which is a good sign for our team. We’d like to have the two points here but we’ll have to regroup here and get at it tomorrow.
On the power play:
There just wasn’t a lot of activity, they did a good job protecting the net so we couldn’t get pucks there as well. I just thought the nature of the game, a lot of broken power plays, four-on-fours that turn into power plays, four-on-threes, I thought that disrupted our rhythm a little bit, a little more than we’d like to have and we got a little frustrated and when we get frustrated, bad things tend to happen. Like I said, I didn’t like that part of it but the penalty kill did a nice job. It’s a very dangerous power play on the other side and we did a good job nullifying more than they generated.
February 23 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 27 vs Manitoba – 11:00 a.m. ET
March 2 vs Cleveland – 5:00 p.m. ET
March 6 at Laval – 7:30 p.m. ET
March 8 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies (28-18-5-3) are back on the road tonight to take on their North Division rivals, the Syracuse Crunch (31-16-2-2). An important two points are on the line tonight as only two points separate the Crunch and the Marlies in the North Division standings. The Crunch sit second with 66 points and the Marlies sit fourth with 64 points.
The Marlies have been on a roll lately and are coming into tonight’s riding a three-game win streak. They’ve won six of their past 10 and continue to lead the league with 189 goals for. The Crunch are fresh off a 4-2 win over Laval and have also won six of their past 10. This marks the fifth meeting between these two teams this season with the Marlies holding a 3-1 lead in the season series.
Players to watch: Jeremy Bracco and Calle Rosen lead the AHL in assists with 39 assists and 37 assists respectively. Bracco has five points (one goal, three assists) in his last three games, while Rosen has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. Syracuse’s Carter Verhaeghe leads the team in points with 58 and has registered four points in his past three games.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|C. Mueller (24)
||Leading Goal Scorer
A. Barre-Boulet (23)
|J. Bracco (54)
||Leading Points Scorer
||C. Verhaeghe (58)
|M. Hutchinson (9)
||E. Pasquale (16)