The Toronto Marlies kicked off a five-game home stand in style today, doubling up on the visiting Texas Stars in an 8-4 final.
The Marlies had an early opportunity on the power play when Stars forward Dillon Heatherington was called for hooking. Toronto capitalized on the man-advantage as Jeremy Bracco found Kenny Agostino on the doorstep and he made no mistake tapping home the opening goal. Pontus Aberg had the additional assist on the goal. Pierre Engvall extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:26, scoring right as a Stars penalty expired. The Stars got one back at 12:29 to cut the Marlies’ lead to 2-1.
The Stars evened the score 2-2 early in the second period to put the Marlies on their heels, but the home team was quick to respond as Nick Baptiste capitalized on a 2-on-1 rush to restore the lead. The goal brought the Marlies to life as the offence exploded with five more unanswered goals. Baptiste struck again 1:47 after his first goal on a shorthanded opportunity to extend the lead to 4-2. 1:37 later, Agostino notched his second of the game to put the Marlies ahead 5-2. At 10:18, Agostino struck again to complete the hat trick with his third goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Ben Harpur sent Hudson Elynuik and Tanner MacMaster off to the races and MacMaster made no mistake depositing his third of the season to make it 7-2. Pierre Engvall closed out the second period scoring frenzy with his second of the game at 18:33. The Marlies held an 8-2 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Stars added two goals early in the third period to cut the deficit to 8-4, but that would do it as the Marlies preserved their lead for the remainder of the frame.
Toronto and Texas square off again tomorrow for a 4PM start at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Texas: M. Mersch (2) (J. Kiviranta, E. Djuse), M. Mersch (3) (B. Gleason, D. Heatherington), B. Gleason (1) (C. Bleackley), J. L’Esperance (4) (J. Nyberg, E. Djuse)
Goaltender: L. Bow (21/28), J. Oettinger (11/12)
Toronto: K. Agostino (6) PP (J. Bracco, P. Aberg), P. Engvall (5) PP (E. Korshkov, T. Kivihalme), N. Baptiste (1) (H. Elynuik), N. Baptiste (2) SH (T. Kivihalme), K. Agostino (7) (J. Schmaltz, J. Bracco), K. Agostino (8) (J. Bracco, A. Brooks), T. MacMaster (3) (H. Elynuik, B. Harpur), P. Engvall (6) (P. Aberg, J. Schmaltz)
Goaltender: J. Woll (22/26)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kenny Agostino scored his second career hat trick with goals at 4:29 of the first period and 6:37 and 10:18 of the second period. Agostino has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) through 12 games this season. He has recorded points 94-1-4) in consecutive games.
- Pierre Engvall scored Toronto’s second power play goal of the first period at 7:26 and scored at Toronto’s eighth goal at 18:33 of the second period. This is his second straight game where he has scored two goals. He has five points (4 goals, 1 assists) in consecutive games.
- Nick Baptiste scored two goals in the second period, his first at 3:13 and his second shorthanded at 5:00. This is his second career shorthanded goal and his 10th multi-goal game.
- Tanner MacMaster scored at 11:17 of the second period. MacMaster set a career high for goals scored (3). He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 13 games.
- Jeremy Bracco recorded assists on each of Agostino’s three goals. Bracco has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) through 14 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s first period goal and the primary assist on Engvall’s second goal of the game. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (15).
- Egor Korshkov picked up the primary assist on Engvall’s first period power play goal.
- Teemu Kivihalme had the secondary assist on Engvall’s first period power play goal and the lone assist on Baptiste’s second goal. These are Kivihalme’s first two points of the season through 12 games.
- Hudson Elynuik recorded the sole assist on Baptiste first goal of the second period and the primary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal. These are Elynuik’s first two points of the season.
- Jordan Schmaltz registered the primary assist on Agostino’s second goal of the game and the secondary assist on Engvall’s second goal of the game. Schmaltz has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) through 11 games this season.
- Adam Brooks picked up the secondary assist on Agostino’s third goal of the game. Brooks has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) through five games this season.
- Ben Harpur collected the secondary assist on MacMaster’s second period goal.
- Joseph Woll stopped 22 of 26 shots he faced. Woll is now 3-1-1-1 on the season with a 0.891 Save Percentage and a 3.43 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto last scored eight goals in a game on November 10, 2018 against Belleville.
- Kenny Agostino’s hat trick is the first at home in the regular season since Chris Mueller on March 30, 2019 against Laval.
- With Jeremy Bracco’s three assists today, he is now fifth in franchise history for all time assists (94).
- Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-3 on the power play. Nick Baptiste scored their second shorthanded goal of the season in the second period.
- Toronto had a 40-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg, Pierre Engvall and Matt Read led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 1-0-0-0 against the Stars. This is the first of four games this season against Texas.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (8)
- Assists: J. Bracco (11)
- Points: P. Aberg (15)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (46)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (21)
- Toronto is 8-2-1-1 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 6-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 5-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 6-0-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-0-1-1 in Saturday games and are 3-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (4-1-5) in consecutive games.
- Pierre Engvall has points (4-1-5) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not play in today’s game against Texas. He has not dressed since November 6 against Rockford.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress in today’s game against Texas.
- Timothy Liljegren (knee contusion) did not dress for today’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game in the first period against Grand Rapids on November 9.
- Rasmus Sandin left today’s game against Texas midway through the second period and did not return.
- November 15: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 15: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 12: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 12: Reassigned defenceman Mac Hollowell by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- November 12: Loaned goaltender Michael Hutchinson from Toronto (NHL).
- November 12: Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- November 12: Recalled forward Nic Petan from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game:
I liked a lot about our game, especially our start. We spent a lot of time on their half of the ice, a lot of time with the puck. We attacked the net with a lot more frequency all throughout the game, so I liked that. Liked that our power play got us rolling in the game for sure. A lot of really good things. About half of the game is probably a throwaway, given the nature of the score and all that but I liked how we started. I liked that when we had opportunities to score we made plays and made it real hard on the goalie.
On the status of defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin:
Liljegren has been skating here, I think today might have been his third day back on the ice, so that’s very positive given the nature of his injury and how it looked in the early going. That’s good for us. He’s not going to play tomorrow but he looks like he’s a lot further along than we thought he might be. Sandin left the game today, more precautionary. He just had to get some tests and stuff done to figure out exactly what is happening with him and we’ll see how it is from there. At this point I wouldn’t expect him to play tomorrow but depending on the test results and how he’s feeling, that could change.
November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 20 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 23 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 24 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 29 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
The Toronto Marlies kick off a five-game home stand today with the first half of a back-to-back against the Texas Stars.
The Marlies haven’t played at Coca-Cola Coliseum since October 20th when they picked up their fourth straight home win in a shootout victory over the Cleveland Monsters. The blue and white will be looking to extend their home winning streak to five straight today when they host the last place Texas Stars for the first time since the 2016 Calder Cup Championship series.
The Stars have had a rough start to the season with only three wins in 15 games played and one win in their past 10. The Marlies have split their past 10 contests (5-2-2-1) and will be looking to start a new streak as they kick off a five-game home stand today.
The Marlies are led by Pontus Aberg, who has recorded 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) through 13 games this season. Rasmus Sandin has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
Today the Marlies kick off their Graduate Bobblehead Giveaway series with Morgan Rielly. The first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive the limited-edition bobblehead.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network. Fans across Canada can also stream the game live in the Official Toronto Maple Leafs App.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|P. Aberg (8)
||Leading Goal Scorer
||J. Robertson (4)
|P. Aberg (13)
||Leading Points Scorer
||J. Robertson (7)
B. McClure (7)
|K. Kaskisuo (5)
||L. Bow (2)