The Marlies visited Laval for the first time this season Saturday afternoon, in a quick turnaround following last night’s game in Belleville.
Egor Korshkov got things going early in the first period, notching his 6th of the season at 6:37. The goal came on the power play as Jeremy Bracco spotted Korshkov on the doorstep and fed him a pass right on the tape that he tapped past Charlie Lindgren. Rasmus Sandin provided the secondary assist on the opening goal. The Marlies held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Marlies struck again just past the midway point of the game when Tanner MacMaster teed up Rasmus Sandin for a one-timer that beat Lindgren to put Toronto ahead by two. Timothy Liljegren added the extra assist. The Rocket battled back late in the frame to cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal from Joe Cox. Minutes later the home team evened things up 2-2 with a goal from Dale Weise. The score remained locked at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Toronto added two goals in the first half of the third period to jump ahead. Darren Archibald ripped a one-timer in close off a pass from Garrett Wilson at 2:35 of the third period to break the deadlock. At 7:45, Nic Petan sent Jeremy Bracco in alone and he fired a shot short side past Lindgren to make it 4-2. At the 11:00 mark, Laval’s Lukas Vejdemo brought the home team back within one. The Marlies responded at 13:08 as Pontus Aberg fired a shot on net that got redirected off a Rocket player past Lindgren. Timothy Liljegren and Pierre Engvall assisted on the power play marker. Laval answered back with two goals late in the frame to even the score 5-5 and send the game to overtime.
3-on-3 did not produce a winner so this one would need a shootout. Petan, Agostino and Aberg all shot for Toronto but were unsuccessful. Alex Belzile beat Joseph Woll with a backhanded shot in the third round of the shootout to seal a 6-5 win for the Rocket.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: E. Korshkov (6) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), R. Sandin (2) (T. MacMaster, T. Liljegren), D. Archibald (3) (G. Wilson), J. Bracco (2) (N. Petan, J. Schmaltz), P. Aberg (7) PP (T. Liljegren, P. Engvall)
Goaltender: J. Woll (47/52)
Laval: J. Cox (2) (N. Juulsen, L. Vejdemo), D. Weise (2) (Unassisted), L. Vejdemo (4) (G. Olofsson, J. Cox), C. Hudon (4) (D. Weise, M. Peca), C. Hudon (5) (O. Leskinen, D. Weise)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren (21/26)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Egor Korshkov opened the scoring for the third time this season at 6:37 of the first period on the power play. This is Korshkov’s fourth power play goal. He has eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Rasmus Sandin scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 11:58 of the second period and earlier added the secondary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Sandin has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in seven games.
- Darren Archibald scored Toronto’s third goal of the game at 2:35 of the third period. Archibald has three goals in 10 games this season.
- Jeremy Bracco scored at 7:45 of third period and earlier recorded the primary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal.Bracco has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through 10 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored on the power play at 13:08 of the third period. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (12) and goals (7) through 10 games.
- Tanner MacMaster registered the primary assist on Sandin’s second period goal. MacMaster has set a career high with points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren picked up the secondary assist on Sandin’s second period goal and the primary assist on Aberg’s third period power play goal. Liljegren has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 10 games.
- Garrett Wilson had the lone assist on Archibald’s third period goal. Wilson has four points (2 goals, 2 assist) in three consecutive games.
- Nic Petan recorded the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two games this season.
- Jordan Schmaltz collected the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal.
- Pierre Engvall registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Engvall has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 47 of 52 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-0-1-1 on the season with a 0.897 Save Percentage and a 3.36 Goals Against Average.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Nic Petan – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Kenny Agostino – Stopped (2019-20: 1/2)
- Pontus Aberg – Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
- Joseph Woll – 2/3 (2019-20: 7/9)
- The Marlies last allowed more than 50 shots on goal on January 30, 2015 in a 3-2 win against the Utica Comets.
- Toronto is the only AHL team without a regulation loss (7-0-2-1). This is the second-best start over 10 games since the 2007-08 team collected 18 points out of a possible 20 points.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-3 on the power play.
- Laval had a 53-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-0-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 0-0-0-1 against the Rocket. This is the first of eight games this season against Laval.
- The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg (7)
- Assists: J. Bracco (8)
- Points: P. Aberg (12)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (35)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+11)
- PIMS: E. Korshkov, J. Schmaltz (10)
- Toronto is 6-0-1-1 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 4-0-1-1 when leading after the first period and 2-0-0-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 2-0-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 3-0-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-0-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
- Jeremy Bracco has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
- Pierre Engvall has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
- Nic Petan has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Jordan Schmaltz has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Garret Wilson has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Belleville.
- November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
- October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).
- October 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On identifying trends through the beginning of the season:
I don’t know if I’d say trends, other than some of our play to the neutral zone, I think, we need to clean up and do better but a lot of our game I liked a lot to be honest. I liked how we stuck with it. We knew this was going to be a tough game for us to play here today with our travel coming in late and the quick turnaround here, playing against a team that I fully expected would be our toughest opponent that we’ve played to date here. Even last season playing against them with half the talent, they were one of the tougher teams we played against. We knew offence was hard to come by in that they shoot the puck a lot and spend a lot of time in your end and forecheck and work and all those things so it was going to be an extra challenge for our team today but I liked that we were able to play with the lead and do a lot of things to generate enough offence to score. We were good on special teams up until we weren’t in the third there when we needed it the most. All the things we wanted to do well I thought we did. Obviously, we know though that we have to be better in order to compete on a regular basis.
On the team’s identity:
I think we’re still trying to sort that out to be honest. We changed out lineup up a little bit here today. We’re waiting on some people to come into our lineup that I think are going to change the look of our team significantly. Obviously, Nic Petan’s arrival changes our group significantly. I think we’re still trying to sort that out and as I said, changing the lineup up a little bit today was just kind of experimenting on what we would look like if we would move things around and also just trying to utilize our depth but we’re a big, strong team with lots of experience and I don’t know if we’re playing like that quite yet. Still trying to find our way. It’s a little adjustment for me as a coach too. It’s a much different type of lineup and we’re trying to sort through that. I know we have spirit and we’ve got fight and that’s why we’ve been able to stick around and make sure we get points in every game.
November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. CT
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Marlies close out their weekend road trip today with a stop in Laval to take on the Rocket.
Today’s game marks the first of eight regular season matchups between these North Division rivals, and the Marlies will be looking to build off a convincing 7-4 win over the Belleville Senators last night. Toronto powered back with a four goal third period to come from behind and pick up their seventh win of the season. The Marlies have picked up a point in every game so far this season. Pontus Aberg continues to lead the Marlies with 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) including a goal in last night’s contest.
Laval comes into today’s game riding the high of a 2-1 shootout win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Rocket have won their previous three contests and have a league-best penalty kill (97.8%), allowing only one goal in 45 shorthanded situations. Alex Belzile leads the Rocket in scoring with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) through 12 games.
The Marlies were 7-2-1-0 against the Rocket last season and are 9-2-0-0 over the last five years when visiting Laval.
Puck drops at 3:00 PM on AHLTV and fans can check in on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.
Head to Head (2019-20 Regular Season)
||Head To Head
||Power Play Percentage
||Penalty Kill Percentage
|P. Aberg (6)
||Leading Goal Scorers
||A. Belzile (4)
|P. Aberg (11)
||Leading Points Scorer
||A. Belzile (9)
|K. Kaskisuo (5)
||C. Primeau (4)