The Toronto Marlies battled from behind on Monday and overcame a 2-0 deficit to pick up a crucial two points in their game in hand against Texas.
Toronto found themselves in an early hole when Stars’ forward Nicholas Camaano opened the scoring just 3:56 into the first period. The Marlies put 12 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net as the Stars held their 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Joel L’Esperance extended the home team’s lead to 2-0 at 15:08 of the second period with his 22nd of the season. The Marlies continued to pepper Jake Oettinger with shots, but couldn’t get anything past the Stars’ netminder. Down by two, the Marlies headed to the dressing room once again to regroup and come out ready to battle back. And they did just that.
Garrett Wilson solved Oettinger at 7:26 of the third period, burying a rebound on the doorstep to get the Marlies on the board. Hudson Elynuik and Joseph Duszak recorded the assists on the goal. At 14:44, Pontus Aberg buried a backdoor shot on the power play to even things up. The goal brought a renewed energy to the Marlies’ lineup as the team continued to scratch and claw to generate opportunities. Penalty trouble would cost the Stars again late in the game as the Marlies’ special teams converted again at 17:37. Kenny Agostino scored the go ahead goal, burying the puck in a frenzy in the crease. The goal set a career high in goals (25) scored in one season. This was Agostino’s third game-winning goal of the season. Joseph Woll picked up his 11th win of the season in a 30-save effort as the Marlies held on to come away with the huge two points and move back within four points of the fourth place Syracuse Crunch.
Toronto will head to Binghamton on Wednesday before returning home for a pair of games against the Crunch this weekend.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: G. Wilson (9) (J. Duszak, H. Elynuik), P. Aberg (20) PP (K. Agostino, M. Lorito), K. Agostino (25) PP (J. Duszak, M. Lorito)
Goaltender: J. Woll (28/30)
Texas: N. Caanmano (9) (M. Mersch, T. Kero), J. L’Esperance (22) (R. Tufte, J. Melnick)
Goaltender: J. Oettinger (28/31)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Garrett Wilson put the Marlies on the board at 7:26 of the third period. Wilson has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 47 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored at 14:44 of the third period on the power play. This was his sixth power play goal of the season. Aberg has 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) through 51 games.
- Kenny Agostino scored the game-winning goal at 17:37 of the third period and earlier added the primary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Agostino set a career high in goals (25) scored in one season. This was his third game-winning goal of the season.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assists on Wilson’s and Agostino’s third period goals. He has seven power play points (1 goal, 6 assists). Duszak has 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists) in his last 13 games.
- Hudson Elynuik registered the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Elynuik has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 49 games this season.
- Matt Lorito picked up the secondary assists on Aberg’s and Agostino’s third period power play goals. Lorito has 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) in 54 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-13-3-2 on the season with a .884 save percentage and a 3.67 goals against average.
- Toronto was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 31-30 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 11-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and 3-1-0-0 against the Texas Stars.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (25)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: K. Agostino (46)
- PPG: K. Agostino (7)
- Shots: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (135)
- +/-: M. Salomaki (+13)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (73)
- The Marlies are 9-13-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-18-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 10-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 in Monday games and are 1-0-0-0 in March.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has goals (3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
- Joseph Duszak has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. 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 Texas.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.
- February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
- February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
- February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s win:
It felt really good. The guys deserved the game tonight. Even going into that third, being down 2-0, we got a lot of good chances and we were just having a hard time finding the back of the net but the process was there. I thought that the whole game was a good, complete game for us.
On what he saw during the third period in the comeback win:
Their mentality to get to the net. We just tried to build a mindset today of what our expectation is of the group, they just went out and put down the pedal. It was great to see and they were all bought in and it was fun to watch. This was really important for us and it meant a lot to the guys.
On Egor Korshkov’s injury during the second period:
Yeah, it was a scary moment. Korsh is a tough guy. Our medical team did a great job helping him in that moment and were able to repair what happened and he was able to get back on the ice.
On the players who have stepped up:
Aberg’s been great the last few games. He’s really stepped up. Agostino has been our best player for about two months. He’s really, really driven the offence for us and even at times when we get down by two goals, he goes out and has physical shifts and gets a couple good hits and brings energy. He’s finding ways to have an impact in every hockey game.
KENNY AGOSTINO (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On tonight’s win:
For sure, it feel goods. I think you know everyone worked their ass off tonight obviously. And you know it was huge, Willy getting us going in the third and Woller was unreal the whole game.
On establishing a career high in goals (25):
It feels good. You know, some years they just go in more than others. We’ve had so many different line combos the whole year. I just think it speaks to the depth of our team really. We have so many forwards that are skilled and can make plays and I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of them like Aberg, Petan, MacMaster as of late, Korshkov. I’ve really kind of played with everyone at some point I feel like.
JOSEPH WOLL (28 SAVES)
On tonight’s win:
Obviously, a special game for us coming back here and getting those two points. I think the guys really worked hard to earn that. I think we had spots in that game where we were really good and really turned it on in the third period so it was really nice to see us get rewarded for that kind of stuff.
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
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
The Marlies are back in action tonight, making a quick stop in the Lone Star State for their makeup game against the Texas Stars.
After a tough stretch of divisional matchups, the Marlies will be looking to bounce back tonight in the fourth and final meeting of this cross-conference series. Toronto started off the series against Texas with a convincing 8-4 win and followed it up with a 4-3 win the following day. The Marlies were then set to kick off their annual Boat Show road trip with a pair of games against Texas in January, but only played one game due to a medical emergency. The Stars closed the gap in the regular season series with a 5-3 win on home ice.
The Stars (24-46-2-4) recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins. They currently sit in seventh place in the Central Division with 54 points, five points back from a playoff spot.
With the playoff race heating up, the Marlies will need to string together some wins here if they hope to solidify a spot in the postseason. Toronto has fallen to seventh place in the North Division with 59 points; six points back from the fourth place Syracuse Crunch. “It was a frustrating hockey game,” said head coach Greg Moore following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Binghamton. “The guys competed the whole game. Based off of the things that we talked about and wanted them to execute, it was there. We got a lot of good looks but obviously, at this juncture of the season, we just need the points.”
Puck drops at 8:00 PM EST on AHLTV.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|K. Agostino (24)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J. Robertson (22)
|K. Agostino (44)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Robertson (40)
|K. Kaskisuo (14)
||J. Oettinger (12)
L. Bow (12)