Marlies Defeat Crunch
TORONTO MARLIES (3) AT SYRACUSE CRUNCH (2)
Toronto: S. Griffith (9) PP (C. O’Reilly, K. Rychel), B. Leipsic (14) (T. Moore)
Goaltender: G. Sparks 24/26
Syracuse: B. Thomas (3) (E. Condra, D. Masin), J. Racine (1) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: M. McKenna 31/33
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Seth Griffith opened the scoring on the power play with his ninth of the season at 7:41 of the first period. Griffith has 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 31 games with the Marlies.
- Brendan Leipsic scored his 14th of the season at 16:21 of the first period. Leipsic is riding a four-game point streak (2 goals, 3 assists) and has 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Cal O’Reilly picked up his 40th assist of the season. O’Reilly is the team’s leading point getter with 49 points (9 goals, 40 assists). O’Reilly previously registered 42 points (9 goals, 33 assists) in 47 games with the Rochester Americans before being acquired by the Marlies.
- Kerby Rychel and Trevor Moore both picked up an assist tonight.
- Garret Sparks stopped 24 of 26 shots for his 18th win of the season. Sparks holds the league’s third best Goals Against Average (2.07) and Save Percentage (.927).
- Seth Griffith – Goal (2016-17: 1/2)
- Kerby Rychel – Stopped (2016-17: 1/2)
- The Marlies improve to a 16-16-1-1 record on the road this season.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
- The Marlies outshot Syracuse 33 to 26. Leipsic led the way with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games and have won five straight.
HEAD TO HEAD
- The Marlies are 4-2-1-0 this season against the Crunch (1-1-1-0 on the road) and finish off their season series tomorrow.
- Toronto has outscored Syracuse 23-21 through six meetings.
- Leipsic leads the Marlies with six points (3 goal, 3 assists) in four games against the Crunch this season.
“It’s a positive sign that we were able to stay with it. When you get up to a 2-0 lead you want to be able to take that game in regulation but they got better, they got a push, they came hard as we expected them to do here on home ice. We weathered the storm as best we could, had the big kill in overtime and then find a way to get the second point. Our team has shown some real resilience and signs of growth here of late. Today getting the point is a good sign for us but there are things we can do to be better. We had a really good first period and okay second period. I thought they took it to us in the third, some things we can do a whole lot better there, we can clean it up and get back at it tomorrow.”
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
Saturday, April 1 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, April 4 vs St. John’s – 11:00 a.m. EST
Friday, April 7 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, April 8 vs Hershey – 5:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, April 9 vs Rochester – 5:00 p.m. EST
The Marlies return to action Friday night for the first of two straight road games in Syracuse as they battle for the top spot in the North Division. The two teams enter the weekend series tied with 79 points, and are meeting for the first time since Toronto’s 4-0 win last Sunday.
The Marlies are looking to pick up their fifth straight win in tonight’s game, while Syracuse are coming off of a 6-1 win over Binghamton Wednesday.
Mike Sislo will look to extend his scoring streak to seven games. He has 10 points (4G, 6A) over the course of his six-game streak, and has recorded 13 points in 11 games since joining the Marlies. Andreas Johnsson is riding a seven-game point streak, scoring nine points in that span.
Brendan Leipsic will try to continue his success against the Crunch this season when the teams hit the ice. He has five points (2G, 3A) through three games against Syracuse so far.
The Marlies enter the game with a record of 37-26-4-1, while the Crunch are 34-23-6-5. Toronto leads the season series 3-2-1-0.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 and you can catch the game live on AHL Live and Marlies Radio. Join the conversation online by following the Marlies on Twitter and tune into the #MarliesLive chat.
Following Friday’s game, the Marlies will stay in Syracuse for a rematch with the Crunch Saturday night.