Marlies Come up Short in Texas

Game Recap:

After forfeiting last night’s game in Texas due to a medical emergency, the Toronto Marlies returned to the ice tonight to officially kick off their annual Toronto Boat Show road trip.

Penalty trouble cost Toronto early in the first as Texas converted on a man-advantage just 1:46 into the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead. The Marlies were able to answer back just past the halfway mark of the period as Timothy Liljegren made a great play at the blue line to keep Toronto in the zone before finding Rich Clune in the slot who wired home his third of the season to even the score 1-1. The score stayed locked at one apiece heading into the first intermission.

The Stars notched a second power play goal at 15:15 of the second period to jump ahead 2-1. Although the Marlies outshot the Stars 13-5 in the middle stanze, that would be the lone goal of the period as Texas held a one-goal lead heading into the final frame.

Nic Petan potted a pair of power play goals, the first at 7:26 and the second at 10:15 of the third period to give the Marlies their first lead of the night. The Stars were quick to respond and tied things back up at 12:46. The home team then restored their lead at 16:35 of the third period. Trailing by one with time winding down, the Marlies called a timeout to regroup as Kasimir Kaskisuo left the crease in favour of an extra attacker. Unfortunately once play resumed, the Stars scored on the empty net to seal a 5-3 victory.

The road trip rolls on as the Marlies close out the weekend tomorrow in San Antonio. Puck drops at 4:00 PM EST.

Game Notes:



Toronto: R. Clune (3) (T. Liljegren), N. Petan (5) PP (K. Agostino, R. Sandin), N. Petan (6) PP (R. Sandin, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (21/25)

Texas: T. Kero (2) PP (A. Louis, S. Johns), S. Johns (1) PP (Unassisted), J. Robertson (13) (Unassisted), T. Felhaber (2) (S. Johns, R. Gardner), M. Mersch (13) EN (S. Johns, T. Kero)
Goaltender: L. Bow (29/32)


  • Rich Clune put the Marlies on the board at 10:10 of the first period. This was his 50th career AHL goal and his third in 10 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored twice on the power play at 7:26 and 10:15 of the third period. This is Petan’s fourth multi-point game of the season. Petan has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 12 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren picked up the lone assist on Clune’s first period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in six consecutive games.
  • Kenny Agostino recorded the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. Agostino has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four consecutive games. Agostino has 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Petan’s first goal and the primary assist on Petan’s second goal in the third period. This was Sandin’s first game since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.
  • Jeremy Bracco collected the secondary assist on Petan’s second goal of the third period. This is Bracco’s 12th power play assist.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 21 of 25 shots he faced. He is now 11-5-1-0 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average.


  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the eighth game where Toronto has scored multiple power play goals this season.
  • Toronto had a 32-26 edge in shots in all situations. Nic Petan led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and finish their regular season series 2-2-0-0 against the Texas Stars.
  • Toronto played the Texas Stars on Nov. 16 and 17, winning both games in the back-to-back by a combined score of 12-7. Toronto recorded their most goals scored in a period (6) and in a game (8) with Kenny Agostino picking up his first hat trick of the season.
  • Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.


  • Goals: K. Agostino (18)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (25)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (30)
  • PPG: N. Petan (5)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (98)
  • +/-:  P. Aberg, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+8)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)


  • Toronto’s away record is 7-8-2-1 (17 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
  • The Marlies have been outscored 65-54. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (9) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (11) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-0) and Joseph Woll (2-4-1-1) have combined to make 526 saves.


  • The Marlies are 5-4-0-0 when tied after the first period and 3-10-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-5-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-4-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-4-0-0 in January.


  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-6-7) in six consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has goals (3) in consecutive games.


  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Ben Harpur (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.


  • January 8: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Rasmus Sandin by Toronto (NHL) from Sweden (WJC).



On whether the team improved from the previous game:
It’s tough to talk on it. The group really wanted this hockey game. We thought as a staff the process was there – the team played the right way, the effort, our details, our habits, controlled a good portion of the game, controlled the puck, played the style of game we wanted to play. I think the frustration sets in, we just didn’t get the result we wanted but if we’re looking at the longevity of this group and the direction we’re going, tonight was some good signs.

On if the power play got the looks he wanted:
Yes and no. There are still times where we’re a little slow. We give the PK time to get comfortable. We need to find a way to be more of a threat and get more interior looks. It’s definitely an area we’ve got to be better at power plays, got to execute and find ways to have more of an impact on the hockey game and find a way to be a little more dynamic.

On the play of the defencemen:
I was really happy with our D. I thought our gaps were phenomenal. I thought we denied lines. I thought we got pucks out of their hands early, allowed us to counter and play fast and really have the ice tilted. They really steered the ship for us tonight.


January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET
January 19 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies are in the Lone Star State tonight for a tilt against the Texas Stars.

This marks the Marlies first return to Texas since the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, and it’s their third meeting with the Stars this season. Toronto hosted Texas for a back-to-back in November, edging the Stars 8-4 and 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the four-game regular season series.

The Marlies will be looking to get back in the win column tonight as they aim to string together some points during their annual Toronto Boat Show road trip. The Marlies dropped their last contest, a 4-2 decision to the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and now sit in third place in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Timothy Liljegren has been on a tear lately with points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.

The Stars are fresh off a 4-0 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins and will be pushing for their third straight win tonight with the Marlies in town. The Stars are 5-4-1-0 in their past 10 games and currently sit in seventh place in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference.

Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)

Marlies Primary Logo AHL-Logo_TexasStars
20-12-2-1 Overall Record 15-17-2-2
2-0-0-0 Head To Head 0-2-0-0
0-1-0-0 Streak 2-0-0-0
117 Goals For 103
110 Goals Against 118
21.3% Power Play Percentage 14.8%
79.7% Penalty Kill Percentage 77.6%
K. Agostino (18) Leading Goal Scorer J. L’Esperance (16)
P. Aberg (29)
K. Agostino (29)
Leading Points Scorer J. L’Esperance (26)
K. Kaskisuo (11) Wins Leader L. Bow (8)


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