The Toronto Marlies six-game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday night, as they fell 5-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Marlies are now 5-3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
In the first period, the Marlies outshot the Wolf Pack 12-8, but it was the home side who scored the only goal of the period, thanks to leading scorer, Jonny Brodzinski.
In the second, Ryan Chyzowski snuck one past Keith Kinkaid early in the frame to tie the game at 1. But, just 40 seconds later, Hartford took the lead back thanks to Austin Rueschhoff. Later in the period, Bobby McMann tied the game with his ninth of the season.
But, that would be all for the Marlies offensively in this one. Rueschhoff, Alex Whelan, and Anthony Greco all tallied goals for the home side in the third period, en route to a 5-2 victory.
The Marlies will be looking to get back in the win column on Friday when they head to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two straight games. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: R. Chyzowski (4) (C. Douglas), B. McMann (9) (F. Kràl, C. Dahlström)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (25/29)
Hartford: J. Brodzinski (11) (T. Gettinger), A. Rueschhoff (8) (P. Khodorenko, A. Bitetto), A. Rueschhoff (9) (J. Richards), A. Whelan (5) (A. Bitetto, M. O’Leary), A. Greco (8) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (28/30)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Ryan Chyzowski put the Marlies on the board at 3:18 of the second period. He has four goals in 13 games with the Marlies this season.
- Bobby McMann scored at 11:27 of the second period. He has recorded a goal (3) in three consecutive games.
- Curtis Douglas had the lone assist on Chyzowski’s second period goal. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games this season.
- Filip Kràl recorded the primary assist on McMann’s second period goal. He has points (2-10-12) in nine of his last 11 games.
- Carl Dahlström picked up the secondary assist on McMann’s second period goal. He has 10 assists through 27 games this season.
- Erik Källgren stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced.
- Toronto went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play. Toronto is 5-5-0-1 when not scoring on the power play and 10-6-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Toronto and Hartford both had 30 shots in all situations. Brett Seney led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 5-3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
- 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 5-8-0-0
Tied after 2 4-2-0-0
On the Road 8-6-0-0
3 Goal Game 4-2-0-0
*Amongst active players
Goals 13 (J. Anderson)
Assists 21 (J. Duszak)
Points 25 (B. Seney)
PPG 5 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 71 (A. Steeves)
+/- +10 (B. Seney)
PIMS 55 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
They’re a highly skilled team. You could tell the pace of play was fast. You could tell there was a lot of skill on both sides with our team and their team. I felt it was pretty evenly matched throughout the game. If you look at outside of the empty net goal, the goals all came off of turnovers. That’s not to say we did a lot of good things with the puck but some puck decisions or mistakes we made with the puck ultimately resulted in grade A scoring chances which they capitalized on. The team had push, had effort right from the start. It didn’t feel like at any point the team wasn’t into it or that the compete and the process wasn’t there. Källgren still made some big saves for us. It was a weird game. Felt like we were in it for the most part with them but the puck play and the turnovers hurt us.
On the line of Joseph Blandisi, Ryan Chyzowski and Jack Kopacka:
It was excellent. Kopacka’s really turned on the last three, four games. He’s starting to use his tools – his power and his stride and just using his pace to drive the play up the rink and winning 50-50 pucks, setting up the o-zone for the team. Blandisi is abrasive, plays inside of contact, gets inside the net. They’re doing a lot of good things. Chyzowski has added a lot to our team the last couple of games in terms of his energy, his compete and his passion for playing the game. It’s been nice these last few games where we have these lines that step up in really big roles that build momentum for our group at the right times. Clune, Dougie are another couple of guys who have done that in the past couple of games who have done that for us. Guys are taking turns stepping up. That line definitely did it for us tonight.
BOBBY McMANN (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s game:
We said it from the start, they’ve got some skill. Right from the backend to their forwards. They’ve got some good players and I think we matched that quite well actually. I was happy with our group effort. We were playing with some passion. We’ve been finding that lately and really playing as a team and this one just didn’t go our way.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
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.
January 28 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
January 29 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies head to Hartford on Wednesday for a battle with the Wolf Pack. The Marlies are looking for their seventh straight win.
This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The last meeting between these two teams came back on February 13th, 2019, where the Wolf Pack edged the Marlies 3-2.
The Marlies are coming off of a 4-3 OT win vs. Lehigh Valley on Sunday, while the Wolf Pack took home a 4-0 win vs. Laval on Saturday. Toronto is 7-3-0-0 in their last 10, while Hartford is 4-4-1-1.
Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Joey Anderson who picked up his second hat trick of the season in Sunday’s game, and has points (5-1-6) in his last two games with the Marlies. Brett Seney tallied four points in Sunday’s victory. He and Anderson are currently tied for the team lead in goals with 13. On the Hartford side, Jonny Brodzinski leads the team with 24 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.