Marlies Battle Back to Defeat Comets 5-3

Game Recap:

The Marlies battled back from a 3-1 deficit today to defeat the Utica Comets 5-3.

Coming off a a 4-3 loss to the Comets yesterday, the Marlies were looking to start a new streak and close out a three-in-three weekend with a win. The Marlies found themselves down by two after 40 minutes of play, but dug in and rallied in the third period with four unanswered goals to come away with the two points.

Adam Books opened the scoring on the power play at 4:55 of the first period, tapping in a pass from Jeremy Bracco. The Comets answered back with a goal at 7:32 and added a shorthanded marker at 16:37 to jump ahead 2-1.

Utica added a power play goal midway through the second period to extend their lead to 3-1. The Marlies were held to only four shots on goal in the middle frame and would head to the dressing room to regroup down by two.

Hudson Elynuik put Toronto back in it at 9:19 of the third period, redirecting a rocket of a shot from Jordan Schmaltz into the back of the net. At 10:48 Adam Brooks found the loose puck in front of Comets’ goal and made no mistake burying his second of the game to tie the game 3-3. Jesper Lindgren scored the go ahead goal at 14:45 after his shot found its way through traffic. At 17:39, Jeremy Bracco and Brooks converted on a two-on-one to make it 5-3 as Brooks completed the hat trick.

The Marlies will head to Rochester on Wednesday for a midweek matchup against the Americans before returning home to host a back-to-back against the San Antonio Rampage this weekend.

Game Notes:



Utica: J. Gadjovich (4) (J. Bailey, L. Jasek), L. Jasek (4) SH (C. Bancks, B. Rafferty), J. Bailey (6) PP (R. Boucher, B. Rafferty)
Goaltender: M. DiPietro (17/22)

Toronto: A. Brooks (3) PP (J. Bracco, P. Aberg), H. Elynuik (1) (J. Schmaltz, T. MacMaster), A. Brooks (4) (E. Korshkov, M. Marincin), J. Lindgren (1) (A. Brooks, J. Bracco), A. Brooks (5) (J. Bracco, D. Archibald)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (17/20)


  • Adam Brooks opened the scoring on the power play at 4:55 of the first period, scored his second goal at 10:48 of the third period and scored his third goal to complete the hat trick at 17:39 of the third period. He also added the primary assist on Lindgren’s third period goal. This was Brooks’ first four-point game of his AHL career. This was his first hat trick of the season and second of his career.
  • Hudson Elynuik scored Toronto’s second goal at 9:19 of the third period. This was his first goal of the season. Elynuik has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) through 19 games this season.
  • Jesper Lindgren scored Toronto’s fourth goal and the game-winner at 14:45 of the third period. This was his first career AHL goal. Lindgren has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 15 games this season.
  • Jeremy Bracco assisted on all three of Brooks’ goals. This was his 100th career AHL assist. This was his third three-point game of the season.
  • Pontus Aberg recorded the secondary assist on Brooks’ first period goal. Aberg has points (3-9-12) through nine games.
  • Jordan Schmaltz registered the primary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal.
  • Tanner MacMaster picked up the secondary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. MacMaster has picked up a point (4-5-9) in each of his last nine games.
    Egor Korshkov registered the primary assist on Brooks’ first third period goal. Korshkov has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) through 21 games.
  • Martin Marincin recorded the secondary assist on Brook’s first third period goal.
  • Darren Archibald picked up the secondary assist on Brook’s second third period goal. Archibald has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in five consecutive games.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 8-1-1-0 on the season with a .924 Save Percentage and a 2.20 Goals Against Average.


  • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Greg Moore was named head coach of the Toronto Marlies.
  • Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for today’s game against Utica. Toronto is 5-1-0-0 under Davison and MacLean.
  • Toronto last recorded a hat trick on November 16, 2019 against Texas. Kenny Agostino scored three goals in the 8-4 win.
  • Two Marlies (Kenny Agostino and Nic Petan) last recorded four-points in Toronto’s matchup against Belleville on November 1, 2019.
  • Toronto was 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-5 on the power play. Toronto has scored a goal on the power play in their last four games (5/17).
  • Toronto had a 22-20 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 7-1-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 1-1-0-0 against the Utica Comets.


  • Goals: K. Agostino (11)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (17)
  • Points: P. Aberg (24)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (66)
  • +/-:  P. Aberg, B. Harpur, T. Kivihalme (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (45)


  • Toronto is 11-3-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 5-0-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-1-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-1-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 4-0-1-0 in Sunday games and are 1-0-0-0 in December.


  • Pontus Aberg has points (2-6-8) in five consecutive games.
  • Darren Archibald has points (3-2-5) five consecutive games.
  • Jeremy Bracco has assists (4) in consecutive games.
  • Egor Korshkov has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has points (4-5-9) in nine consecutive games.
  • Jordan Schmaltz has assists (2) in consecutive games.


  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Utica.


  • November 30: Recalled forward Justin Brazeau from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 29: Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin from Toronto (NHL).



On Toronto’s comeback in the third period:
The guys just stuck with it. That’s what we asked of them in between periods, said stick with it. Asked them to get a little more traffic on the net, they did exactly that and pucks went in for us. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys, they really dug in at the end of a long week.

On the team’s two wins in their first three-in-three:
It’s good character from the guys. Good leadership all the way right through. They didn’t give up. It would have been an easy game to kind of pack your hat and say we’ll live to fight another day but they dug in. They stuck with it. As a coaching staff, we’re extremely proud of them.

On Adam Brooks’ four-point performance:
It was really nice to see him get rewarded. I think since he’s been back since his injury awhile ago he’s been really skating well. He plays well, he plays hard, he’s competitive, and it was really nice to see him get rewarded


December 4 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
December 7 vs San Antonio – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 8 vs San Antonio – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 11 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 14 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET

Game Preview:

The Marlies close out a three-in-three weekend today in a rematch against the Utica Comets.

In their first meeting of the season, the Comets edged the Marlies 4-3 to snap Toronto’s seven-game winning streak. It was Toronto’s first loss at home of the season (9-1-0-0). Kenny Agostino scored Toronto’s second goal at 18:22 of the first period on the power play during yesterday’s game. Agostino has 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in eight games and currently leads the team in goals (11).

With yesterday’s win, the Comets improved to 13-7-1-0 and extended their win-streak to three games. Reid Boucher registered a goal in yesterday’s contest and continues to lead the Comets in that department (15-8-23).

The Marlies were 8-3-0-1 in November and will be looking to carry that momentum into December and get a new streak started today.

Puck drops at 4:00 PM 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 Resized AHL Logos_AHL-Logo_UticaComets
14-3-2-1 Overall Record 13-7-1-0
0-1-0-0 Head To Head 1-0-0-0
0-1-0-0 Streak 3-0-0-0
75 Goals For 74
54 Goals Against 56
22.9% Power Play Percentage 22.5%
78.2% Penalty Kill Percentage 85.9%
K. Agostino (11) Leading Goal Scorer R. Boucher (15)
P. Aberg (23) Leading Points Scorer R. Boucher (23)
K. Kaskisuo (7) Wins Leader M. DiPietro (7)


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