Tough Battle in St. John’s
Toronto: A. Nielsen (14) (A. Johnsson, S. Griffith)
Goaltender: G. Sparks 9/12 K. Kaskisuo 13/14
St. John’s: C. Terry (29) (M. Friberg), A. Camara (3) (D. Audette, Z. Redmond), C. Terry (30) PP (C. Hudon, J. de la Rose), D. Audette (10) (B. Farnham)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren 29/30
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Andrew Nielsen put the Marlies on the board with his 14th of the season at 10:34 of the second period. Nielsen finishes the season tied for fourth in rookie scoring for a defenceman with 39 points in 74 games.
- Andreas Johnsson picked up an assist tonight and closes out his rookie season with 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 75 games.
- Seth Griffith collected an assist tonight and finishes the season with 44 points (10 goals, 34 assists) in 38 games.
- The Marlies were in last place on January 19th and have since put together a 27-10-2-0 run.
- Toronto held an 18-18-1-1 record on the road this season.
- The Marlies finish the regular season with a 22.3% power play, highest in team history.
- Toronto went 0-for-1 on the penalty kill and 3-for-3 on the power play.
- The IceCaps outshot the Marlies 30 to 26.
- The Marlies finished the season with a 28-20-3-1 record against the North Division.
HEAD TO HEAD
- The Marlies closed out their season series against the IceCaps with a 7-5-0-0 record (4-2-0-0 on the road)
- Toronto outscored St. John’s 32-26 through 12 meetings this season.
- Andrew Nielsen registered eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games against the IceCaps this season and Brendan Leipsic picked up eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in seven games.
- The Marlies held a 9-14-0-0 record when trailing after the first period and 8-9-1-0 when trailing after the second.
- Toronto finished the season with a 14-14-2-1 record when being outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies end the season with a 10-11-1-1 record on Saturday nights (3-5-0-1 on the road).
“Their backs were against the wall, they played like a desperate team committed to a cause and our group just didn’t respond. Their best players were really good today; they were the real difference in the game all the way through from the forwards all the way down to the goaltender. They played a good team game and we just didn’t match it. I think the lesson for us is that’s what playoff hockey is all about. We won’t be caught off guard again, 76 are done and we’ll start a new season with playoffs. We know we’re going to be in for a battle with whoever we end up with and we’ve got to find another level to our game. I feel like in the last couple weeks we just haven’t been where we need to be. I feel like the few weeks previous to that was more an indication of what we’re capable of. We need to get back to that with a good week of practice and get ready to play for real.”
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
The Marlies close out the regular season series Saturday night with their second straight game against the IceCaps.
The Marlies took the first game by a 5-3 final over the IceCaps on Friday night, giving Toronto a 7-4-0-0 record in the regular season series.
Brendan Leipsic scored a power play goal for the Marlies, giving him 50 points on the season. He has 11 points (6G, 5A) in his past ten games.
Seth Griffith scored the game winner in yesterday’s victory. He now enters tonight’s game with 43 points since joining the Marlies in January.
Saturday’s game has major implications for both teams. The Marlies enter the game atop the North Division and would become North Division champions with a victory tonight or a Syracuse loss.
St. John’s currently holds the final playoff spot by a single point, and would clinch that final spot with a victory at home tonight or a Utica loss.
Game time is 6:00 and you can catch all the action on Rogers Cable 10 or AHL Live. Join the conversation online by following the Marlies on Twitter and tuning in to our #MarliesLive chat.