The Marlies were dealt their first loss of the “Royal road trip” Wednesday night, dropping a 4-2 contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Marlies struck first in the contest as Dmytro Timashov deflected a Martin Marincin point shot to put Toronto on the board just over one minute into the game. Miro Aaltonen, who set up the goal after cutting off a breakout pass, earned the second assist.
Andrey Pedan tied the game for the Penguins ten minutes later, taking the two teams into the intermission even at 1-1.
Garret Sparks provided a standout performance in the second period, making 16 saves in the middle frame alone, however Ryan Haggerty scored the go-ahead goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 1:12 remaining. Sparks made 38 saves in total during the game.
Thomas DiPauli extended the lead for the Penguins early in the third, but the Marlies launched a late rally and refused to quit.
Nikita Soshnikov picked up his own rebound and deposited it into the net with 6:12 left to play in the third, and the Marlies maintained pressure throughout the remainder of the third.
With the net empty, DiPauli scored his second for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and closed out a 4-2 final.
The Marlies record moves to 9-4-0-0 with the loss while the Penguins move to 8-2-0-1 on the season.
Next up on the road trip is the Binghamton Devils (5-4-1-0), who the Marlies will face back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.
Toronto: D. Timashov (4) (M. Marincin, M. Aaltonen), N. Soshnikov (4) (T. Dermott)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (38/41)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: A. Pedan (1), R. Haggerty (5) (A. Pedan, L. Bengtsson), T. Dipauli (3) (T. Sestito, J. Tinordi), T. DiPauli (4) (L. Bengtsson, C. DeSmith)
Goaltender: C. DeSmith (22/24)
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Dmytro Timashov opened the scoring with a goal at 1:08 of the first period. Timashov has registered a point (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last three games.
- Nikita Soshnikov recorded his fourth goal of the season at 13:48 of the third period.
- Martin Marincin had the primary assist on Timashov’s first period goal.
- Miro Aaltonen registered the secondary assist on Timashov’s first period goal.
- Travis Dermott recorded the lone assist on Soshnikov’s third period goal. Dermott has four assists this season.
- Garret Sparks stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Sparks is now 6-2-0-0 on the season with a .940 Save Percentage and a 1.64 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a 42-24 edge in shots in all situations.
- Calle Rosén led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 5-3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
Goals: B. Smith (6)
Assists: M. Marchment (6), C. Mueller (6), B. Smith (6), N. Soshnikov (6)
Points: B. Smith (12)
PPG: D. Timashov (3)
Shots: N. Soshnikov (38)
+/-: T. Dermott (+10)
PIMS: T. Dermott (20)
On tonight’s opponent:
We got a little taste of what a top team looks like. We’re a much better team than we played today. We looked like a team that’s been on the road for nine days. We’re not going to make any excuses as a team but that’s not how we normally play, we’re capable of a lot more. We’ve been a lot better on this trip to this point. Today, we didn’t have it. We had a good start. We came out, controlled play early on, got a lead. Once they got their legs and started to come, we just couldn’t get off the mat.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
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November 22 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
The road trip keeps on rolling Wednesday night when the Marlies prepare to face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Wednesday’s contest should be a close one as both teams lead their respective decisions. The Marlies (9-3-0-0) enter on a three-game win streak that stretches back to last Wednesday in Laval. So far this season, the Marlies are 6-1-0-0 when playing on the road.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hold a 7-2-0-1 record overall this season and are 5-1-0-1 at home. The Penguins lost to Hershey 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday, their last time out.
Tonight’s game is the third straight in Pennsylvania for the Marlies, following a 4-1 win in Hershey on Saturday and a 5-1 win in Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Mason Marchment will look to continue building on his success going into the game as he has seven points (1G, 6A) in his past three games and was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. Marchment ranks third in scoring among all rookies leaguewide.
His linemate Ben Smith has also been on a tear of late and leads the team in goals (6) and points (12).
On defense, Calle Rosen has points in consecutive games and will look to extend his streak when the Marlies hit the ice.
At the other end, the Penguins are led offensively by rookie Daniel Sprong, who has 12 points (8G, 4A) so far this season. Dominik Simon is second in scoring for the Penguins with two goals and eight assists.
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05. Fans can tune in online at AHL Live or listen in to Marlies Radio.
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