The Toronto Marlies extended their winning streak to five games on Saturday night with a win 4-3 overtime win against the Hershey Bears.
The Bears had a strong first period, putting 22 shots on net, and scoring one goal to give themselves a 1-0 lead after the first 20. In the second period, Filip Král scored his second in as many games to even the score. Garrett Pilon gave the home side the lead once again, but Alex Steeves tied the game at two just a few moments later.
In the third, it was the Marlies who took the lead, thanks to a power-play goal from Josh Ho-Sang early in the frame. The lead didn’t last long, as Tobias Geisser tied it up once again. The two teams remained knotted at three after 60 minutes so overtime was needed.
In the extra frame, Steeves tallied his second of the game just 1:21 in to give the visitors the win. Erik Källgren entered the game in relief of an injured Joseph Woll, and stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced in the win.
The Marlies travel to Lehigh Valley for a clash with the Phantoms on Sunday. Puck drop is at 3:05pm ET.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: F. Kràl (2) (M. Abramov), A. Steeves (10) (C. Krys, C. Douglas), J. Ho-Sang (11) PP (M. Abramov, M. Hollowell), A. Steeves (11) (M. Abramov, J. Ho-Sang)
Goaltender: J. Woll (26/28), E. Källgren (15/16) W
Hershey: A. Jonsson-Fjallby (10) SH (L. Johansen, B. Pinho), G. Pilon (12) PP (A. Jonsson-Fjallby, C. Franson), T. Geisser (2) (J. Snivley, G. Pilon)
Goaltender: Z. Fucale (18/22) L
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Filip Kràl put the Marlies on the board at 5:21 of the second period. He has points (2-4-6) through four consecutive games. Kràl has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games with the Marlies.
- Alex Steeves scored at 14:10 of the second period and at 1:21 of overtime for the game-winning goal. He has points (4-1-5) in his last four games. Steeves is tied for third overall in goals (11) amongst AHL rookies.
- Josh Ho-Sang scored on the power play 50 seconds into the third period and later added the secondary assist on Steeves’ game-winning goal. He has 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in 25 games this season.
- Mikhail Abramov had the lone assist on Kràl’s second period goal and the primary assists on Ho-Sang’s third period goal and Steeves’ overtime goal. He has points (2-6-8) in his last six games.
- Chad Krys recorded the primary assist on Steeves’ second period goal.
- Curtis Douglas registered the secondary assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 26 games this season.
- Mac Hollowell picked up the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s third period goal. He has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in his last eight games.
- Joseph Woll stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in 34:10 of action before leaving the game due to injury. Erik Källgren stopped 15 of 16 shots he faced in relief of Woll.
- This was Toronto’s fourth overtime win of the season.
- Toronto went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 11-6-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 7-5-1-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Hershey had a 44-22 edge in shots in all situations. Alex Steeves led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 13-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Hershey Bears. Toronto visited Hershey tonight for the first time since March 15, 2019 (5-4, OTW).
- Toronto is on a 10-game, 4,958 kilometre road trip and will face off against seven teams – Belleville Senators, Cleveland Monsters, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It will be Toronto’s first meeting of the season with four opponents (HER, HFD, GR, WBS). The Marlies return to Coca-Cola Coliseum on Feb. 5.
Trailing after 1 5-7-0-0
Tied after 2 3-1-0-0
On the Road 7-5-0-0
1 Goal Game 6-2-1-1
*Amongst active players
Goals 11 (J. Ho-Sang, A. Steeves)
Assists 19 (J. Duszak)
Points 20 (J. Duszak, J. Ho-Sang)
PPG 5 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 65 (A. Steeves)
+/- +5 (A. Steeves)
PIMS 50 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the team’s first period:
This is an extremely hard building to play in. Notorious for coming out with strong starts. They have a good crowd. We didn’t come out with the start that we have recently in the last few games. On top of them coming out strong and us being flat, we may it hard on ourselves. The guys were saying the right things in the first intermission and responded in the second.
On Joseph Woll leaving the game in the second period:
I think one of our defenceman accidentally collided into him into the side of his leg. He may have tweaked his knee a little bit. Well assess and have our doctors look at it and see what comes of it. It was a heck of a job for him up until that point. Really kept us in the game with how many shots there were and then for how hard it is for Källgren to come in cold off the bench and play the way he did and give us a chance to win the game is great.
ALEX STEEVES (2 GOALS)
On tonight’s game:
We felt coming out of the first period only down one was kind of a moral victory for us. I don’t think it was our best period. We had a really good talk in the locker room that started with the players and I think that helped us gather some steam and have a better second period, score a power play goal which was huge and then the overtime goal is good to pick up the extra point in a tough barn.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
January 16 at Lehigh Valley – 3:05 p.m.
January 19 at Hartford – 7:00 p.m.
January 21 at WB/Scranton – 7:05 p.m.
January 22 at WB/Scranton – 6:05 p.m.
January 24 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies open up their 10-game road trip Saturday night in Hershey. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season.
The Bears currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with an 18-10-2-2 record. The Marlies are right behind them in fifth with a 15-10-1-1 record. Hershey is 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games.
The Marlies head into Hershey riding a season-high four game winning streak. Their most recent win came on Wednesday when they defeated the Senators 4-2. Hershey is coming off of a 4-3 loss in a shootout against Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Some players to watch for on the Marlies side include defenceman Joseph Duszak who leads the team in points with 20, and Mac Hollowell who has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his last seven games. On the Hershey side, Joe Snively leads the team with 31 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.