The Toronto Marlies started off their four-game road trip on a high note, topping the Rochester Americans 4-1 on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.
Things started off a little slowly for the Marlies, as they put just four shots on the opposing goal during the opening frame. But, Brett Seney found a way through, scoring his fifth goal of the season late in the first period to give the visitors the lead heading into the intermission.
The Marlies managed to hold off a persistent Rochester offence in the second, while Josh Ho-Sang added his team-leading sixth goal of the season just before the buzzer. The Amerks’ did not go away quietly as J.J. Peterka cut the Toronto lead in half early in the third period. But, despite a good effort from the home side, Mikhail Abramov scored his first professional goal on an Amerks’ empty net late in the third, then Alex Steeves found the back of the empty net as well, sending the Marlies home with a 4-1 win.
Erik Källgren was rock solid between the pipes for the visitors, turning aside 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the game. Toronto now sits third in the North division, behind Rochester and Utica. The Marlies are back in action on Saturday night when they head to Utica for a clash with the Comets. Puck drop is at 7:30pm ET.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: B. Seney (5) PP (S. Der-Arguchintsev), J. Ho-Sang (6) (K. Semyonov, B. McMann), M. Abramov (1) EN (B. Seney), A. Steeves (3) EN (K. Semyonov, A. Biega)
Goaltender: E. Kāllgren (30/31)
Rochester: J. Peterka (2) (S. Malone, E. Prow)
Goaltender: U. Lukkonen (18/20)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Brett Seney opened the scoring on the power play at 17:08 of the first period and had the lone assist on Abramov’s third period goal. This was Seney’s third multipoint game of the season.
- Josh Ho-Sang scored the game-winning goal at 19:43 of the second period. He is tied for second overall in goals (6). He has goals (4) in three consecutive games. This matches his previous consecutive goal streak in 2016-17.
- Mikhail Abramov scored an empty-net goal at 19:00 of the third period. This was his first professional goal.
- Alex Steeves scored Toronto’s second empty-net goal at 19:27 of the third period. He has points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev recorded the lone assist on Seney’s first period power play goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Kirill Semyonov had the primary assists on Ho-Sang’s second period goal and Steeves’ third period goal. He leads the Marlies in assists (7) and is tied for sixth overall.
- Bobby McMann registered the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s second period goal.He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games).
- Alex Biega picked up the secondary assist on Steeves’ third period goal.
- Erik Kāllgren stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced. He is now 3-2-0-0 this season with a 2.82 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-6 on the power play. This is Toronto’s third consecutive game with a power play goal.
- Rochester had a 31-22 edge in shots in all situations. Mikhail Abramov and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 against North Division opponents and 1-1-0-0 against the Rochester Americans.
Scoring first 5-0-0-0
Leading after 1 3-0-0-0
Leading after 2 4-0-0-0
Scoring a power play goal 4-0-0-0
Not allowing a power play goal 3-1-0-0
Outshot by opponent 2-2-0-0
Goals 6 (J. Ho-Sang)
Assists 7 (K. Semyonov)
Points 8 (K. Semyonov)
PPG 2 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 22 (J. Anderson)
+/-: +5 (K. Semyonov, A. Steeves)
PIMS 36 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On Erik Källgren:
He was really impressive. Not only in this game but given the circumstances prior to this when the last time we played this team he got pulled out after a few early goals in the first period. It wasn’t the start that he wanted. To have the resiliency to come back into this game against the same team and really single-handedly win the game for us, he was great tonight, put on a clinic. It was really good to see him respond like that against this team.
On tonight’s game:
Not a great start. We’re coming into a tough building to play in and a really strong opponent … Our game wasn’t where it needed to be. We should have brought our game to them that first period and then the power play gained some momentum for us. As the second period into the third, we started to find our game a little bit. It just was one of those nights where we didn’t have it. We need to find a way to manufacture it but we didn’t have it and we found a way to win a hockey game, a way to get better throughout a tough hockey game where we didn’t start out well. You can take some positives out of it but at the end of the day, it’s just not a good enough effort to come into a building like this against a top opponent in our division and have that kind of start and put our goalie under that pressure. It’s not good enough.
On tonight’s win against Rochester:
For sure, it was Erik in the net. He was just unbelievable. Without him, we wouldn’t have even stood a chance. On top of the that, we got a little bit of luck as well. As the game went on, we kind of found ourselves. We found energy and that’s what got us the win.
November 4: Loaned defenceman Matthew Hellickson to Newfoundland (ECHL)
November 4: Returned defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns on loan from Toronto (NHL)
November 4: Recalled defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns from loan by Toronto (NHL)
November 3: Returned forward Ryan Chyzowski on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL)
October 31: Released goaltender Andrew D’Agostini from PTO
October 31: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL)
*All times Eastern Standard Time
November 6 at Utica – 7:30 p.m.
November 13 at Chicago – 8:00 p.m.
November 14 at Chicago – 4:00 p.m.
November 17 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m.
November 20 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies are back on the road this weekend, starting with a game in Rochester on Friday night. A big two points are up for grabs as the 4-3 Marlies sit just two points back of the 5-2 Americans.
Both teams are coming off wins against the Belleville Senators. The Marlies defeated the Sens 5-2 in their last game on Saturday, while the Amerks’ found themselves in the win column against Belleville on Wednesday after a 4-3 victory. Both teams enter Friday’s matchup on a high note. The Marlies have won their last two games, while Rochester are riding a three-game winning streak.
A player to watch on the Amerks’ side is Jack Quinn. Quinn was named the AHL’s rookie of the month for October, and leads the team in scoring with 12 points so far. On the Marlies side, Josh Ho-Sang leads the team with five goals, including three in his last two games played.
Puck drops at 7:05 PM on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.