The Toronto Marlies found themselves back in the win column on Thursday night, after defeating the Belleville Senators 5-2 in their return to action.
It was a bit of a slow start to the first period as both teams tried to find their footing again. But, it was Brett Seney who broke the ice first for the Marlies, scoring his team-high 11th goal of the season 15 minutes into the first.
Under 30 seconds into the second frame, Josh Ho-Sang notched his 10th goal of the season on the power play. Just 30 seconds later, Belleville cut the lead in half after Scott Sabourin added one of his own.
In the third period, Antti Suomela tallied his first as a Marlie, then just 23 seconds later, Curtis Douglas extended the Marlies lead to three with his fourth of the year. Rourke Chartier added another for the home side before the frame was over, but Kyle Clifford sealed the deal with the empty net goal late in the frame.
Joseph Woll was stellar in the Marlies crease, stopping 45 of the 47 shots he faced in the game.
The two teams will meet again on both Saturday and Monday as the three game series continues at Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday at 3:00pm ET.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: B. Seney (11) (Unassisted), J. Ho-Sang (10) PP (F. Kràl, A. Steeves), A. Suomela (1) (B. Seney, C. Dahlström), C. Douglas (4) (F. Kràl, C. Dahlström), K. Clifford (1) EN (A. Steeves, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (45/47)
Belleville: S. Sabourin (4) (M. Del Zotto), R. Chartier (2) (M. Guenette, C. Pare)
Goaltender: T. Parks (24/28)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Brett Seney opened the scoring at 15:07 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Suomela’s third period goal. He has points (3-2-5) in his last four games with the Marlies.
- Josh Ho-Sang scored 27 seconds into the second period on the power play. He has tied his career AHL season-high in goals (10).
- Antti Suomela scored at 8:11 of the third period. This was his first goal with Toronto.
- Curtis Douglas scored at 8:33 of the third period. He has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games this season.
- Filip Kràl recorded the primary assists on Ho-Sang’s second period goal and Douglas’ third period goal. He has assists (4) in three consecutive games.
- Alex Steeves had the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s second period goal and the primary assist on Clifford’s empty net goal. He has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 14 games with the Marlies.
- Carl Dahlström registered the secondary assists on Suomela and Douglas’ third period goals. This is his second multi-assist game of the season.
- Mac Hollowell picked up the secondary assist on Clifford’s third period goal. He has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in nine games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 45 of 47 shots he faced. He is 10-3-2 when making 30 or more saves with the Marlies.
- This is Toronto’s first game since December 15 due to league COVID-19 protocols.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 7-5-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 7-4-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the power play.
- Belleville had a 47-29 edge in shots in all situations. Kyle Clifford led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 8-6-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 6-6-1-1 against North Division opponents and 3-0-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 15-6 this season. The club’s last game against the Senators was on Oct. 30 (5-2 W).
Leading after 1 5-1-1-1`
Leading after 2 6-1-1-1
3 Goal Game 4-1-0-0
Goals 11 (B. Seney)
Assists 18 (J. Duszak)
Points 19 (J. Duszak)
PPG 4 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 51 (B. Seney)
+/- +6 (B. Seney)
PIMS 50 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
First, Joe Woll played phenomenal for us and gave us an opportunity to win this game. Heavily outshot in the first two periods and he shut the door. He looked very composed, in control the whole time. His ability to recover the pucks in and around the crease. In the third, we would found our game, we found our compete, our passion, our spirit for playing and doing the things that brought us success in wins prior to this Christmas break. The first period, there was compete there. I thought before the first TV timeout, it was good intention with how we were playing but then we started getting sloppy with our puck management, turning pucks over, made us spend a lot more time in our D zone. Their power play gave them a lot more momentum for them which kind of us put on our heels. Once we got through the second period and into the third, we finally found it and we found a way to find the back of the net. Good job by our guys to find a way.
FILIP KRÀL (2 ASSISTS)
On the challenge of returning after a long break:
It’s always challenging but we had a couple of good practices to get ready for the game. The first period was kind of hard to get used to it but after that, everyone was used to it and it was fine.
On the team’s third period:
We talked in the dressing room and talked through the first two periods and we didn’t play good. We knew we needed to be better. We just played our game in the last period.
On tonight’s game:
The first two periods, I don’t think we deserved to win but the third one was pretty good from us. We played good in the third. Obviously, it’s a good win for us to finish 2021 and be better in 2022.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
January 1 vs. Belleville – 3:00 p.m.
January 3 vs. Belleville – 3:00 p.m.
January 5 vs. Utica – 7:00 p.m.
January 7 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
January 8 at Laval – 3:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies return to action on Thursday night when they head to Belleville to take on the Senators. The two teams have met twice so far this season, with both teams earning one victory each.
The Marlies are looking to get back into the win column after losing three in a row. Belleville have won two straight. The Marlies haven’t played since December 15th, while the Senators have been sidelined since December 12th.
Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Brett Seney who leads the team in goals with 10. While Jake Lucchini leads the way for the Senators with 19 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.