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Marlies Fall To Senators In Battle Of Ontario

The Toronto Marlies fell 5-4 to the Belleville Senators on Wednesday night. The Marlies are now 6-3-1-0 against the Sens this season.

In the first period, Joey Anderson making his return to the lineup after missing seven games with a concussion, scored his 21st of the season on the power-play to get the visitors on the board first. Brett Seney followed up with his 17th of the season later in the frame, and the Marlies took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

In the second, Viktor Lodin got the Sens on the board just under four minutes in. Mark Kastelic and Cole Reinhardt both found the back of the net later in the frame, to give the Senators their first lead of the game. But, with just three seconds remaining, Nick Robertson scored his 13th of the year on the man-advantage to tie the game before the intermission. Robertson extends his point streak to seven.

In the third, Lassi Thomson capitalized on an early chance to give the home side the lead once again. Nick Robertson scored his second of the game late in the frame to tie the game at four. But, with just over a minute left, Viktor Lodin tallied his second of the night to give the Senators the win.

The Marlies return to action on Friday when they head to Laval for a tilt with the Rocket. Puck drop is at 7:00pm ET.

Game Notes: 

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: J. Anderson (22) PP (A. Steeves, B. Seney), B. Seney (17) (C. Krys, P. Holmberg), N. Robertson (13) PP (J. Duszak, B. Seney), N. Robertson (14) (J. Ho-Sang, P. Myers))
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (20/25) L

Belleville: B. Lodin (3) (Unassisted), M. Kastelic (13) (D. Heatherington, J. Bernard-Docker), C. Reinhardt (14) (E. Sokolov, M. Guenette), L. Thomson (10) (A. Agozzino, J. Lucchini)
Goaltender: M. Sogaard (24/28) W

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Joey Anderson opened the scoring on the power play at 3:50 of the first period. This was his eighth power play goal of the season. He has 36 points (22 goals, 14 assists) in 51 games this season. This was his first game since Mar. 30 against Abbotsford due to injury.
  • Brett Seney scored at 18:21 of the first period. He also had the secondary assists on Anderson’s first period goal and Robertson’s second period goal. He has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in his last four games. Seney has seven three-point games this season.
  • Nick Robertson scored on the power play at 19:57 of the second period and at even-strength at 9:54 of the third period. He has points (6-2-8) in seven consecutive games. This is his third multi-goal game of the season.
  • Alex Steeves recorded the primary assist on Anderson’s first period goal. He is 10th overall amongst rookies in points (22-23-45).
  • Chad Krys picked up the primary assist on Seney’s first period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 31 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Pontus Holmberg registered the secondary assist on Seney’s first period goal. This was his first career AHL point in his AHL debut.
  • Joseph Duszak had the primary assist on Robertson’s second period goal. This was his 24thpower play assist and 50th point this season.
  • Josh Ho-Sang recorded the primary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 43 games this season.
  • Phil Myers collected the secondary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He has four assists in 11 games with the Marlies.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 20 of 25 shots he faced.

OF NOTE

  • The Marlies went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 24-8-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 17-11-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill. Toronto has recorded two or more power play goals in 12 games this season.
  • Toronto had a 28-25 edge in shots in all situations. Phil Myers and Nick Robertson led the Marlies with four shots each on goal. Toronto is 14-7-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 18-14-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 6-3-1-0 against the Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 40-27 through 10 games.
RECORD WHEN

Scoring first                            26-10-1-1
Leading after 1st                      18-7-2-1
Tied after 2nd                            5-5-0-0
On the road                             17-14-1-0
April                                       
3-5-0-0
Wednesday                              7-7-0-1
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               22
(J. Anderson, B. McMann, A. Steeves)
Assists            43 (J. Duszak)
Points              55 (B. Seney)
PPG                 8 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               165 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +15 (B. Seney)
PIMS                101 (R. Clune)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On tonight’s game:

Given the circumstances where we are in the season, how important this game was, the results are really tough to swallow right now. First period, we had a great start. Thought our team came out the right way and were emotionally charged and playing hard for one another. Second period, they became more physical, got us stuck in our defensive half of the ice for a good chunk of that period and then special teams, our power play got us momentum coming back, going into the third and we got back to our game and found our way through the neutral zone a little better there in the third. We got back to it to finish off was a good push, but the results are disappointing.

 

On Pontus Holmberg’s debut:

I thought he looked really good. He just got here a couple of days ago, jet lag, gauntlet of things he had to do to prepare and get ready for today. He held his own and did a really god job and added to our team. You can see how responsible he is and how smart he is in tight spaces with the puck.

 

On what needs to be done against Laval for a victory:

For the most part, what we did today. Get off to a good start, have the first period like we did in today’s game and try to keep that momentum going into the second period but the process, the effort, the team was in the right mindset today.

 

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

April 22 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 24 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
April 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 28 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 30 at Belleville – 3:00 p.m.

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies head down the highway to face the Belleville Senators in a mid-week battle of Ontario. The two teams last met back on February 19th when the Sens won 5-4 in overtime. The Marlies are 6-2-1-0 against Belleville so far this season. The two teams meet three more times in the regular season.

Belleville has been hot as of late, winning four straight games. The Marlies will look to put an end to Belleville’s winning streak on Wednesday, as they look to make a final push for the playoffs.

Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Brett Seney who leads the team in points overall with 52. As well as rookie Alex Steeves who leads the team in goals with 22. On the Sens side, Jake Lucchini leads the team with 48.

Puck drops at 7:00pm ET on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.

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