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Marlies Pick up 6th Straight Win on Home Ice

Game Recap:

The Marlies picked up their second win of the weekend and sixth straight on home ice in a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars.

It was clear early on that the Stars were ready to bounce back from yesterday’s 8-4 loss, and they were granted an early power play opportunity as Teemu Kivihalme was booked for interference at 3:10 of the opening frame. The Stars capitalized on the ensuing power play to take an early 1-0 lead. Nearing the half-way mark of the first, Pierre Engvall gave the Marlies life, walking around two opposing players before wiring a shot past Jake Oettinger from the high slot. Pontus Aberg and Mac Hollowell assisted on Engvall’s 7th of the season and 3rd of the weekend. The Stars took back the lead at 11:40 and held onto it for the remainder of the opening frame.

Much like yesterday’s game, the second period was the game-changer for the home team as the Marlies tallied three goals to jump ahead 4-2. Egor Korshkov set the tone with a shorthanded marker just 11 seconds into the middle stanza. Kristians Rubins and Pierre Engvall assisted on his 8th of the season. At 8:56, Nicholas Baptiste finished off a huge rush from Tanner MacMaster to give the Marlies their first lead of the game. Baptiste’s 3rd of the weekend was assisted by MacMaster and Jesper Lindgren. Matt Read rounded out the second period scoring, firing home a one-timer off a pass from Tyler Gaudet at 17:28 of the period. Mac Hollowell picked up the secondary assist on Read’s 2nd of the season and the Marlies held a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

The Stars pulled within one at 7:22 of the third period, putting the Marlies on their heels. Michael Hutchinson was put to the test as the Stars peppered him with 20 shots in the final frame, looking to force extra time. Hutchinson stood tall and the Marlies held on to pick up their third straight win.

The Marlies are back in action on Wednesday to host the Laval Rocket in a 7PM start at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Game Notes:

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Texas: M. Mersch (4) PP (E. Djuse, T. Kero), J. Nyberg (2) (J. Melnick, J. Robertson), A. Mascherin (1) (T. Kero, J. L’Esperance)
Goaltender: J. Oettinger (20/24)

Toronto: P. Engvall (7) (P. Aberg, M. Hollowell), Egor Korshkov (8) SH (K. Rubins, P. Engvall), N. Baptiste (3) (T. MacMaster, J. Lindgren), M. Read (2) (T. Gaudet, M. Hollowell),
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (34/37)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pierre Engvall scored Toronto’s first goal of the game at 9:09 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Korshkov’s second period goal. This is his third straight multipoint (5-2-7) game.
  • Egor Korshkov scored 11 seconds into the second period. This was his second shorthanded goal this season. Korshkov has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in 15 games.
  • Nick Baptiste scored at 8:56 of the second period. Baptiste has three goals in two games.
  • Matt Read scored the game-winning goal at 17:28 of the second period. Read has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through four games this season.
  • Pontus Aberg registered the primary assist on Engvall’s first period goal. Aberg has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
  • Mac Hollowell recorded the secondary assist on Engvall’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. These were his first two points with the Marlies this season through two games. Hollowell has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 11 games with Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • Kristians Rubins picked up the primary assist on Korshkov’s shorthanded goal in the second period. Rubins has four assists through 10 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster had the primary assist on Baptiste’s second period goal. He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 13 games.
  • Tyler Gaudet recorded the primary assist on Read’s third period goal. Gaudet has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) through 14 games this season.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced. Hutchinson is now 1-0-0-0 on the season with a 0.919 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-2 on the power play. Egor Korshkov scored Toronto’s third shorthanded goal of the season in the second period. This is the first time Toronto has not scored on the power play at home.
  • Texas had a 37-24 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 5-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 2-0-0-0 against the Stars. This is the second of four games this season against Texas.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: P. Aberg, K. Agostino, E. Korshkov (8)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (11)
  • Points: P. Aberg, P. Engvall (16)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (49)
  • +/-:  P. Engvall (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (21)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 2-0-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 6-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 4-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 2-0-1-0 in Sunday games and are 4-2-0-1 in November.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Pontus Aberg has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
  • Nick Baptiste has goals (3) in consecutive games.
  • Pierre Engvall has points (5-2-7) in three consecutive games.
  • Egor Korshkov has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Pontus Aberg left today’s game against Texas at the end of the third period.
  • 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 (rib contusion) did not dress for today’s game against Texas. He left yesterday’s game midway through the second period.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • 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).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On if the team received contributions from the full lineup:
Yeah, offensively for sure. But our depth clearly wasn’t enough for us to fight the fatigue that we had throughout the game today. It really showed in the third period. It’s been a really long week for our team. We had four really long practice days this week that I thought were really important days for our team to take some steps. I thought we saw signs of that here but I thought the combination of that and the fact that we went with five defencemen yesterday and lost Sandin who has played so much for us and is so valuable, and everybody else is playing so much more on both nights here. I think it took its toll, so I think we’re going to give our guys a bit of a pass for a lot of the stuff in the game today.

On Michael Hutchinson’s first start with the Marlies:
He was great all game. He battled all game, he was solid for us there. I don’t think there was anything he could do on the goals. He made some big saves at key times when we were sloppy in front of him, so it was really nice and I’m really happy for him, and the guys are all happy for him to get that win.

On the team’s home record:
No matter where we are, we have to pick up points. We’ve had a good start to the season here for sure, but you look around in the division and there’s a lot of really good hockey teams in our division, and they’re not all going to make the playoffs. So, it’s going to be a battle all the way through. Even though it’s early here, you’ve got to collect points when you can. We’ve been fortunate enough to do that while really not quite yet finding our game and fighting injuries and all of those types of things. Today our injury list is at six guys, and that’s been a problem for us. But the fact that we’ve been able to collect points keeps us in the fight.


NEXT GAME:

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
November 30 vs Utica – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)

Game Preview:

The Marlies are back in action today for the second half of a back-to-back against the Texas Stars.

An explosive six-goal second period propelled the Marlies to an 8-4 win over the visiting Stars yesterday, extending their home win streak to five straight. 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.

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 in yesterday’s game. Agostino now has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) through 12 games this season. Jeremy Bracco recorded three assists in yesterday’s contest, becoming the fifth player in franchise history for all time assists (94). Bracco sits fourth in team scoring with 13 points (2-11-13) through 14 games.

“I liked a lot about our game, especially our start,” said Sheldon Keefe following yesterday’s game. “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.” The Marlies will look to keep the momentum going and build on yesterday’s success during today’s contest. Today’s game marks the second of four against the Texas Stars this season.

Puck drops at 4PM on Leafs Nation Network. Fans across Canada can also stream the game live in the official Maple Leafs app.

Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)

Marlies Primary Logo Texas_Stars_logo
9-2-2-1 Overall Record 3-11-0-2
1-0-0-0 Head To Head 0-1-0-0
2-0-0-0 Streak 0-9-0-1
55 Goals For 37
41 Goals Against 64
22.6% Power Play Percentage 13.8%
81.8% Penalty Kill Percentage 81.8%
P. Aberg (8)
K. Agostino (8)
Leading Goal Scorer J. Robertson (4)
P. Aberg (15) Leading Points Scorer E. Djuse (9)
K. Kaskisuo (5) Wins Leader L. Bow (2)

 

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