The Toronto Marlies opened up the weekend with a loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Friday night.
The game started off well, with chances for both teams throughout the opening frame. It was Cleveland who broke through first, with goals from Brett Gallant and Tyler Sikura in the first period. Joey Anderson was able to find the back of the net for the Marlies on the power-play halfway through the second period. But, that would be all for the Marlies offensively.
The Monsters went on to add three goals in the final frame, thanks to Liam Foudy, Jake Christiansen, and Trey Fix-Wolansky. The Marlies are now 4-4-1-1 against North Division opponents and 1-1-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
The two teams meet again on Saturday afternoon in Toronto at 4:00pm.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Anderson (5) PP (A. Steeves, J. Duszak)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (28/33)
Cleveland: B. Gallant (2) (K. Stenlund, J. Christiansen), T. Sikura (4) (K. Stenlund, L. Foudy), L. Foudy (5) (Unassisted), J. Christiansen (5) (D. Simpson, K. Stenlund), T. Fix-Wolansky (3) PP (B. Gaunce, J. Christiansen)
Goaltender: D. Tarasov (35/36)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Joey Anderson put the Marlies on the board at 10:05 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Anderson has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 12 games this season.
- Alex Steeves recorded the primary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. He has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Joseph Duszak registered the secondary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. He has assists (7) in six consecutive games. Duszak is second overall in the league in assists (13).
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 of 33 shots he faced.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto has recorded power play goals in consecutive games.
- Toronto had a 36-33 edge in shots in all situations. Alex Steeves led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-4-1-1 against North Division opponents and 1-1-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
Trailing after 1 2-4-0-0
Trailing after 2 1-4-0-0
Scoring on the power play 4-1-1-0
Allowing a goal on the power play 3-4-1-1
Outshooting opponent 3-2-0-0
Goals 8 (J. Ho-Sang, B. Seney)
Assists 13 (J. Duszak)
Points 13 (J. Duszak, B. Seney)
PPG 2 (J. Ho-Sang, B. Seney)
Shots 38 (B. Seney)
+/- +4 (A. Biega, J. Duszak, J. Ho-Sang)
PIMS 38 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
I thought we could have easily been in this game. Their goalie had a really strong one. We were for the most part out chancing them through the first two periods and just couldn’t find the back of the net. Their goalie found a way to make some saves and I felt as though throughout the game we were in it all the way.
On the impact of recent call-ups including Ryan Chyzowski:
There was some opportunity today for guys to get in the lineup and play up in the lineup; get some ice time, responsible roles on the power play. It was a good opportunity for guys today to prove themselves in some spots, get some more ice time and thought everyone did a really good job with it. Chyzwoski won some big faceoffs for us and had an impact, brought some good energy. It’s good to know and see that we have good depth in the organization for guys that can fill in when we’re short some bodies.
November 25: Recalled forward Ryan Chyzowski from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 23: Returned forward Joey Anderson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
*All times Eastern Standard Time
November 27 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
December 4 vs Springfield – 4:00 p.m.
December 5 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m.
December 10 at Springfield – 7:05 p.m.
December 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies are in Cleveland on Friday to take on the Monsters. This is their first trip to Cleveland this season.
In the two previous meetings between the two teams this season, both have gone past regulation. The first one ended with a 3-2 Toronto victory in a shootout, while the most recent matchup on Sunday resulted in a 6-5 Cleveland win in overtime. The Marlies have played past regulation in four straight games.
The Marlies are 4-3-1-1 against North Division opponents and 1-0-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters this season. Cleveland are currently just ahead of the Marlies in the North Division standings, sitting second, while Toronto occupies third place.
Players to watch on the Marlies side include Brett Seney who leads the team with 13 points. He has points (3-4-7) in three consecutive games. Also, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev who is the Marlies leading rookie scorer with 11 points. On the Monsters side, Jake Christiansen leads the way with 14 points, while Brendan Gaunce leads the team in goals with seven.
The first half of the home-and-home series between the two teams begins Friday night at 7:00pm. The two will meet again on Saturday afternoon in Toronto at 4:00pm.