The Toronto Marlies responded with a pair of wins this weekend after losing in a tough battle to the Syracuse Crunch at home last Wednesday.
Wednesday’s game against the Crunch was the third meeting between the two sides during the month of November. After taking the first two, the Marlies were unable to defeat the Crunch and earn their eighth straight win after a tough, tight battle at home.
The Crunch took a two-goal lead into the third period as the Marlies continued to press. Frederik Gauthier scored his first of the season to halve the deficit early in the third, but Syracuse went on to score an empty net goal and take the 3-1 victory. With the loss, the Marlies win streak ended at seven games, tying the all-time franchise record.
Two days later, the Marlies were looking to bounce back in Belleville with the third Battle of Ontario matchup in a week. Dmytro Timashov opened the scoring in the first period after breaking away from the defence and taking advantage of a poor line change.
The Senators responded early in the second, but Timashov was sprung on another breakaway to bury his second of the night and put the Marlies back in front. With under two minutes left to play in the second, Kerby Rychel deflected a Calle Rosen point shot to extend the lead to 3-1, which wound up being the final score.
Following Friday’s victory, the Marlies returned to Ricoh Coliseum to host the Hartford Wolf Pack. In the second and final meeting against each other, Travis Dermott opened the scoring in the second period for his first goal of the season.
Hartford responded with three straight goals, but the Marlies persevered and fought back late in the third period. Trevor Moore scored on a power play after a great no-look pass from Colin Greening with 5:38 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 3-2. With under two minutes left and the Marlies net empty, Moore scored again to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Timashov went end-to-end and buried a backhand shot to complete the comeback and improve the Marlies home record to 8-3-0-0.
Timashov finished the week with three goals, improving his season total to eight.
Dermott ended the week with three points, scoring once and adding two helpers over the three games.
Greening, Jeremy Bracco, Timothy Liljegren and Chris Mueller all ended the week with two assists for the Marlies.
Both Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard earned victories over the course of the week, and now have 11 and 6 wins, respectively. Sparks holds a .944 save percentage (SV%) while Pickard has a .933.
Following the four-point week, the Marlies record improved to 18-5-0-0 and a league-leading .783 points percentage.
After a week off, the Marlies return to action on Friday for the first of two straight games against the Rocket in Laval.