The Marlies are back in the win column after defeating the Monsters 3-2 in a shootout.
Marc Michaelis got the home side on the board with his first career AHL goal midway through the first period. Before the opening frame was over, the visitors added one of their own. Both teams added another goal each in the second frame, thanks to Joey Anderson of Toronto, and Josh Dunne of Cleveland.
There were plenty of scoring chances at both ends, but both goalies stood tall the rest of the way. Cleveland’s Jean-Francois Berube stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced, while Toronto’s Joseph Woll stopped 33 of 35 shots in his return to game action.
In the shootout, Josh Ho-Sang and Mikhail Abramov both scored for the Marlies, while Joseph Woll held it down in net, securing the win for the home team.
The Marlies head out on the road for their first two away games of the season this week, stopping in Laval on Wednesday and Belleville on Friday, before returning home to host the Senators on Saturday afternoon.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Cleveland: C. Fonstad (1) (J. Dunne), J. Dunne (1) PP (B. Gaunce, K. Stenlund)
Goaltender: J. Berube (38/40)
Toronto: M. Michaelis (1) (S. Der-Arguchintsev, J. McKenna), J. Anderson (2) (K. Semyonov, K. Rubins)
Goaltender: J. Woll (33/35)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Marc Michaelis opened the scoring at 12:16 of the first period. This was his first career AHL goal.
- Joey Anderson scored Toronto’s second goal at 6:18 of the second period. He has points (1 goal, 1 assist) in consecutive games.
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev recorded the primary assist on Michaelis’ first period goal. This is his second assist through four games this season.
- Jeremy McKenna registered the secondary assist on Michaelis’ first period goal. McKenna had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 28 games last season with the Marlies.
- Kirill Semyonov had the primary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. He has points (1 goal, 1 assist) in consecutive games.
- Kristīans Rubīns collected the secondary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. This is Rubīns’ first point of the season. He recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 22 games last season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced in his first game of the season. He is now 1-0-0-0 with a 1.86 goals against average and a 0.943 save percentage. This is Woll’s third career shootout (2-1).
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Kirill Semyonov – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Josh Ho-Sang – Goal (2021-22: 1/1)
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Brett Seney – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Mikhail Abramov – Goal (2021-22: 1/1)
- The Marlies are 56-64 in the shootout all time and 31-27 at home.
- Toronto went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 41-35 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 against North Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
Scoring first 1-0-0-0
Tied after 1 1-0-0-0
Tied after 2 1-0-0-0
Did not score a power play goal 1-2-0-0
Allowed a power play goal 1-1-0-0
Outshoot opponent 1-1-0-0
Goals 4 (B. Seney)
Assists 4 (K. Semyonov)
Points 5 (K. Semyonov)
PPG 1 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 13 (B. Seney)
+/-: +2 (J. Anderson, B. Seney, N. Robertson)
PIMS 10 (B. Seney)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On today’s game:
The first period was more of what we were looking for as a staff for the group. The second period was really tough. We had some guys that don’t kill that sat there for a long time. It was hard for them to get into the flow of the game. Back in the third, again we got into a flow, back into a rhythm. We got to use the depth of our roster and gain some momentum.
On how Toronto held back the push from Cleveland:
By our team sticking to a plan of having good structure offensively and defensively. We looked more like a group of five guys on the ice who were pulling in the same direction. And just the competitiveness of the guys being hungry to win a hockey game. The process was right today. Good to see the guys get rewarded when they do things right.
On the line of Anderson, Semyonov and Seney:
They’ve really been driving a lot for us. First and foremost, their competitiveness, how hard they work consistency. Relentless puck pressure and their ability to take away time and space and get a puck back quick, get back to offence faster. And then you couple that with how much skill they have and they’re able to make plays on the inside. They’ve really been a driving force for us to start the season.
On Joseph Woll:
He was, no pun intended, a wall back there. Made some really good saves at big key moments of the game and then to shut the door in the shootout. It’s really good to see him back and doing well. He’s come a long way these last couple of years and his work is paying off.
On Joseph Woll:
Woll was absolutely stellar. He’s been itching to get in the lineup. It was his first game of the year. Credit to him. He stood on his head. He made a couple of big saves. On certain plays, we hung him out to dry a little and he said, don’t worry guys, I got you. It’s nice to see that from Woller. He’s such a great guy, great energy in the room. That’s what you need from your goalie. He picks you up when you’re down and he stands up when you need him. Both our goalies are great at doing that and that’s our expectation of him this year.
October 18: Recalled forward Jeremy McKenna from loan to Newfoundland (ECL)
October 18: Goaltender Joseph Woll loaned from Toronto (NHL)
October 17: Recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from loan by Toronto (NHL).
October 15: Signed goaltender Andrew D’Agostini to a PTO.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
October 27 at Laval – 7:30 p.m.
October 29 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
October 30 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
November 5 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.
November 6 at Utica – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies are looking to finish the weekend on a high note when they welcome the Cleveland Monsters to Coca-Cola Coliseum. The two teams haven’t met since February 26th 2020 when the Marlies won 4-3 in overtime.
The Marlies are coming off a tough 7-3 loss to Rochester on Saturday. They will be looking to put a stop to Cleveland’s three-game winning streak. The Monsters will be playing their third game in as many days on Sunday, after winning two straight games in Belleville on Friday and Saturday.
On the Monsters side, Tyler Angle leads the way with six points so far this season. Kirill Semyonov is the Marlies top point scorer this season with four, after tallying his first career AHL goal in Saturday’s matchup.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM on Leafs Nation Network, and fans across Canada can also stream the game live in the official Toronto Maple Leafs App. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.