The Toronto Marlies defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 on Friday night. The two teams split the season series, both winning one game each.
In the first period, Joseph Blandisi scored for the third straight game, tallying his 11th of the season. Both teams exchanged chances, but the Marlies maintained their 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Early in the second, Nick Robertson capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway opportunity to score his 12th of the season, and give the Marlies a two-goal lead. Anthony Greco managed to get one back for the Wolf Pack later in the frame on the power-play. But, Alex Steeves scored a power-play goal of his own before the frame was over, restoring the Marlies two-goal lead.
In the third period, both teams pressured hard, but it wasn’t until late in the frame when Bobby McMann sealed the deal for the home team, finding the back of an empty Hartford net for his 22nd of the season. Rookies McMann and Steeves now both lead the team in goals with 22. They are just two goals away from breaking the Marlies rookie goal scoring record.
Michael Hutchinson stood tall in the Marlies crease, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced. The team now heads to Syracuse for a tilt with the Crunch on Saturday. Puck drop is at 7:00pm ET.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Hartford: A. Greco (20) PP (N. Merkley, K. Kinkaid)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (33/36) L
Toronto: J. Blandisi (11) (B. Seney, P. Myers), N. Robertson (12) SH (B. Seney), A. Steeves (22) PP (B. Seney, J. Duszak), B. McMann (22) EN, SH (P. Myers)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (27/28) W
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Joseph Blandisi opened the scoring at 4:37 of the first period. He has points (3-2-5) in five consecutive games.
- Nick Robertson scored shorthanded at 1:20 of the second period. This was his first career AHL shorthanded goal and second game-winning goal of the season. He has points (4-1-5) in five consecutive games.
- Alex Steeves scored on the power play at 18:57 of the second period. He is tied for fifth amongst rookies in goals (22).
- Bobby McMann scored shorthanded on the empty net at 17:40 of the third period. This was his third shorthanded goal of the season. He has points (3-1-4) in three games. He is tied for fifth amongst rookies in goals (22).
- Brett Seney had the primary assists on Blandisi’s first period goal and Steeves’ second period goal. He also had the lone assist on Robertson’s second period goal. This was his sixth three-point game of the season. He has 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 55 games this past season.
- Phil Myers recorded the secondary assist on Blandisi’s first period goal and the lone assist on McMann’s third period goal.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the secondary assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He is sixth overall in assists (42).
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced.
- Toronto has scored 14 shorthanded goals this season and are tied for first overall in the league. This is third most shorthanded goals recorded by the club in a season. Eight different Marlies have recorded a shorthanded goal.
- The Marlies went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 24-7-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 18-16-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Toronto had a 37-28 edge in shots in all situations. Nick Robertson led the Marlies with seven shots on goal. Toronto is 14-6-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 8-7-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the regular season 1-1-0-0 against the Wolf Pack.
Scoring first 26-9-1-1
Leading after 1st 18-6-2-1
Leading after 2nd 26-4-2-1
At home 18-14-2-1
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
Goals 22 (B. McMann, A. Steeves)
Assists 42 (J. Duszak)
Points 52 (B. Seney)
PPG 8 (A. Steeves)
Shots 162 (A. Steeves)
+/- +15 (B. Seney)
PIMS 101 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
We got better as the first period went on. First four shifts or so were definitely not the direction we wanted the game to go in to start. The team did a good job of recognizing it and finding our way back in the game and found some momentum in special teams. We got stronger as the game went on.
On Brett Seney:
He’s been the catalyst for our team all season. With Anderson out, those two guys have a lot of chemistry and play well together but he’s been really strong in levelling up some other guys who have had an opportunity to play with him. He was a big part of the win tonight.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
April 16 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
April 20 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
April 22 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 24 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
April 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies host the Hartford Wolf Pack in the first half of a weekend back-to-back. The two teams last met back on January 19th, when Hartford won 5-2.
The Wolf Pack are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Belleville on Wednesday, and are 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 games. The Marlies are coming off of a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday and are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games.
Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Bobby McMann and Alex Steeves, both are currently just three goals shy of the Marlies rookie scoring record with 21 each. Also, Brett Seney currently leads the team in points with 49. On the Hartford side, Anthony Greco leads the way with 56 points.
Puck drops at 7:00pm ET on Leafs Nation Network, and AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.