The Marlies extended their winning streak to seven games, tying a franchise record, with three straight victories over North Division opponents this week.
Starting with a Wednesday road trip to Utica, the Marlies scored four consecutive goals to break a 1-1 tie midway through the second and skated to a 5-2 victory over the Comets. Justin Holl scored a pair in the victory, while Miro Aaltonen, Dmytro Timashov and Chris Mueller also found the back of the net.
Holl, Timashov, Mueller and Andreas Johnsson all finished with multi-point efforts in the victory, which moved the Marlies to 9-2-0-0 on the road this season.
In a matinee matchup on Saturday, the Marlies kicked off this year’s Air Canada Centre series with the first ever game against the Belleville Senators. It was a tough, gritty contest throughout, with Johnsson scoring the only goal for the Marlies as sixty minutes wasn’t enough to separate the two teams.
Neither side was able to score in overtime and the Marlies headed to the shootout for the first time this season. Both Miro Aaltonen and Dmytro Timashov scored on their efforts, while Garret Sparks shut the door on the Senators’ first two shooters and the Marlies took the first Battle of Ontario game by a 2-1 final.
The Marlies and Senators were right back at it on Sunday for round two of the new provincial rivalry at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies flew out of the gates as Kerby Rychel, Johnsson and Colin
Greening all scored in the opening period. Chris Mueller added another in the second and Kasperi Kapanen scored an empty-net goal as the Marlies beat the Senators 5-1.
Garret Sparks earned two victories over the course of the week and now holds a goals against average (GAA) of 1.50 and save percentage (SV%) of .947 through twelve games.
Calvin Pickard earned the win on Sunday to improve to 5-2 on the season with a 2.03 goals against average (GAA) and .930 save percentage (SV%).
The Marlies are now 16-4-0-0 through the first twenty games this season, marking the best start in franchise history. They also hold an 11-1-0-0 record against other North Division teams this season.
It’s a short, two-day break for the Marlies who return to Ricoh Coliseum Wednesday night to battle the Syracuse Crunch in our first Winning Weeknight game of the season. Get your tickets today.