Victory over St. John’s
Toronto: S. Oleksy (4) (B. Findlay, R. Clune), B. Leipsic (18) PP (D. Timashov, B. Findlay), T. Moore (12) (F. Gauthier), S. Griffith (10) (T. Dermott, S. Oleksy), R. Valiev (3) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: G. Sparks 25/28
St. John’s: C. Hudon (26) (J. Hanley, C. Terry), C. Hudon (27) (Unassisted), J. de la Rose (14) SHG (C. Terry, C. Lindgren)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren 19/23
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Steve Oleksy opened the scoring with his fourth of the season at 2:48 of the first period. Oleksy has eight points in 19 games since joining the Marlies.
- Brendan Leipsic gave the Marlies a 2-0 lead on the power play with his 18th of the season at 6:49 of the first period. Leipsic has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in his past ten games and 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) through 48 games this season.
- Trevor Moore scored his 12th of the season 23 seconds into the second period to give the Marlies a 3-1 lead. Moore has 32 points in 55 games this season.
- Seth Griffith gave the Marlies a 4-3 lead with his tenth of the season late in the second period which proved to be the game winner. Griffith has 43 points in 37 games with the Marlies this season.
- Rinat Valiev registered his third of the season on an empty netter at the end of the third period. Valiev has 13 points in 46 games.
- Brett Findlay picked up two assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season. Findlay has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 33 games with the Marlies this season.
- Rich Clune, Dmytro Timashov, Frederik Gauthier, Travis Dermott and Steve Oleksy all registered an assist tonight.
- Garret Sparks stopped 25 of 28 shots for his 21st win of the season. Sparks holds a 2.10 Goals Against Average and an .925 Save Percentage with five shutouts.
- The Marlies improve to an 18-17-1-1 record on the road this season.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
- The IceCaps outshot the Marlies 28 to 24.
- The Marlies are 8-2 in their past ten games and have won 12 of their past 15 games.
HEAD TO HEAD
- The Marlies hold a 7-4-0-0 record against the IceCaps this season (4-1-0-0 on the road).
- Toronto has outscored St. John’s 31-22 through 11 meetings this season.
- The Marlies hold a record of 28-19-3-1 record against the North Division this season.
- The Marlies are 24-5-3-0 when leading after the first period and 30-2-1-0 when leading after the second.
- Toronto is 28-14-2-0 when out shooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 11-7-1-0 on Friday nights (9-6-1-0 on the road).
“There were parts of the game that I think we played really well as a team, we gave up our lead but got a goal right back and didn’t give up a whole lot after that. That’s a positive for our team. The game didn’t go the way we thought it would, in terms of speed, physicality and those kinds of things but I thought the game and the way that it was, our guys handled it well and glad to get our two points.”
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
Saturday, April 15 at St. John’s – 7:30 p.m. EST
The Marlies are in St. John’s Friday night to finish off the regular season with the first of two straight games against the IceCaps.
The Marlies enter the game with a 6-4-0-0 lead in the regular season series and sit first in the North Division with an overall record of 41-28-4-1. St. John’s currently hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the division with a 35-29-8-2 record.
In their previous meeting on April 4, the Marlies earned a 5-2 win over the IceCaps in Toronto. Frederik Gauthier and Kerby Rychel each had a pair of goals in that game, while Brendan Leipsic added another.
Leipsic comes into Friday’s contest with ten points, including five goals, in his past nine games. He has 49 points in 47 games on the season.
Andrew Nielsen leads all Marlies players with seven points (2G, 5A) through 10 games against St. John’s this season.
Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 ET and you can catch all the action on Rogers Cable 10, AHL Live or Marlies Radio. Tune in online by following the Marlies on Twitter and joining the #MarliesLive chat.
Following Friday’s game, the Marlies and IceCaps will face off again Saturday night.