The Marlies have returned home following the longest road trip of the season, spanning six games over twelve days, including three against North Division rivals.
Despite the lengthy trip, the Marlies took five of six games on the road trip, including two of the final three over the past week.
On Wednesday night, the Marlies completed the Pennsylvania leg of the trip with a matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leaders of the Atlantic Division. Dmytro Timashov opened the scoring for the Marlies, but the Penguins responded with three straight goals. Nikita Soshnikov cut the lead to one late in the third period, but an empty net goal sealed it as the Marlies lost 4-2.
Two nights later, the Marlies travelled north to Binghamton for the first of two straight games against the Devils in their new home. Despite giving up the opening goal, the Marlies charged back in the second period, with goals from Nikita Soshnikov, Kerby Rychel and Martin Marincin. Marincin added an empty-netter as the Marlies won 4-1.
The next night, the Marlies skated to the same result. After giving up the first goal of the game, the Marlies scored four unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Devils 4-1 for the second straight night. Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen both scored, while Ben Smith added a pair of goals in the victory.
Across the three games, Soshnikov recorded a point in each game (2G, 1A), Marincin recorded three points (2G, 1A) as did Smith (2G, 1A), while Calle Rosen and Justin Holl each had a pair of assists from the blueline.
Garret Sparks earned his seventh victory of the season on Friday night, while Calvin Pickard picked up his third win in Saturday’s game.
The Marlies currently sit first in the North Divison with a record of 11-4-0-0. They return to action on Saturday when the Syracuse Crunch (4-6-1-2) come to town for the first of two straight games at Ricoh Coliseum. Purchase your tickets here.