TORONTO (3) AT SYRACUSE (2)
Toronto: B. Leipsic (15) (T. Moore, B. Findlay), F. Gauthier (3) (M. Sislo, A. Johnsson)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 30/32
Syracuse: K. Lynch (5) (T. McGinn), T. Richard (13) (T. McGinn, E. Condra)
Goaltender: K. Gudlevskis 21/23
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Brendan Leipsic put the Marlies on the board with his 15th of the season at 12:05 of the first period. Leipsic has scored in consecutive games and is riding a five-game point streak, collecting six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in that span. Leipsic has 45 points in 43 games this season.
- Frederik Gauthier tied the game with his third of the season at 6:07 of the third period. Gauthier has 11 points in 40 games with the Marlies this season.
- Trevor Moore picked up the primary power play assist on Leipsic’s second period goal. Moore has 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 51 games this season.
- Brett Findlay collected a power play assist on Leipsic’s second period goal. Findlay has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games with the Marlies this season.
- Mike Sislo picked up an assist, giving him 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 13 games since joining the Marlies.
- Andreas Johnsson registered an assist tonight. Johnsson has 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in his past nine games and 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) on the season.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 30 of 32 shots for his fourth win of the season. Kaskisuo holds a 1.47 Goals Against Average and .950 Save Percentage.
- Seth Griffith – Goal (2016-17: 2/3)
- Mike Sislo – Stopped (2016-17: 0/1)
- Trevor Moore – Stopped (2016-17: 1/2)
- Kerby Rychel – Stopped (2016-17: 1/3)
- Dmytro Timashov – Goal (2016-17: 1/ 2)
- The Marlies move two points ahead of Syracuse for first in the North Division.
- The Marlies improve to a 17-16-1-1 record on the road this season.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play.
- Syracuse outshot Toronto 32 to 23.
- The Marlies are 9-1-0-0 in their last ten games and have won a season’s best six games in row.
HEAD TO HEAD
- The Marlies close out their season series against the Crunch with a 5-2-1-0 record (2-1-1-0 on the road).
- Toronto outscored Syracuse 25-23 through six meetings.
- Leipsic led the Marlies with seven points (4 goal, 3 assists) in five games against the Crunch this season.
- Tobias Lindberg played in his 100th AHL game tonight. Lindberg has registered 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in his first two years in the American League.
- Seth Griffith is three games away from playing in his 200th AHL game and four points away from reaching 200 career points.
- Frederik Gauthier is four games away from playing in his 100th AHL game.
“There was a lot of pace, two good teams playing for points, a lot of emotion in the building, crowds were great, both games here were playoff type crowds. Guys were really coming, it felt like the kind of pace and the kind of attention you have in a three on three but it was the last ten minutes. Our line changes were important, we lost another guy to injury today which disrupted the flow on our bench and all those kinds of things. I thought our guys on the back-to-back responded pretty well all things considered. There are things we need to continue to get better at and we have to be aware of that, we can’t just take the six points, the two extras we get are in the skills competition and feel too good about ourselves because we’ve got to find another level in our game but certainly a step in the right direction against a good team.”
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
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
Friday, April 14 at St. John’s – 7:30 p.m. EST
Saturday, April 15 at St. John’s – 7:30 p.m. EST
The Marlies and Crunch are back at it Saturday night in Syracuse following Friday’s hard-fought shootout victory.
It’s the third straight game between the two teams who are fighting for the top spot in the North Division.
With last night’s victory, the Marlies are now in sole possession of the top spot with a record of 38-26-4-1. The Crunch sit in second place with a 34-23-6-6 record.
Brendan Leipsic enters the game on a four-game point streak, scoring two goals and three assists in that span. Leipsic also leads all Marlies players in points against Syracuse, with six points through four games played.
The Marlies notched another goal on the power play last night and special teams will continue to be important. Toronto ranks first in the Eastern Conference with a power play percentage of 23.0%.
Tonight’s game is the last of the regular season series between the Marlies and Crunch, and Toronto currently hold a 4-2-1-0 series lead.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00. You can watch all the action on AHL Live or join the conversation online by following the Marlies on Twitter and tuning in to the #MarliesLive chat.