The Toronto Marlies winning streak came to an end on Wednesday, as they fell 6-5 to Laval in a shootout.
The Marlies got off to a hot start, as Brett Seney opened the scoring just over five minutes in. Josh Ho-Sang added another midway through the first, then Rafaël Harvey-Pinard brought the Rocket within one before the intermission.
The Marlies didn’t let up, adding three more in the middle frame, courtesy of Seney, Joey Anderson, and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. Gabriel Bourque added one more for Laval before the end of the middle frame.
But, Laval’s forecheck was relentless, as Louie Belpedio, Lukas Vejdemo, and Cole Caufield all found the back of the net in the final frame to tie the game at five and send the game to overtime.
Neither team managed to breakthrough in the extra frame, so a shootout was needed. Both goalies stood tall in net, until the ninth round, when Harvey-Pinard managed to get one past Michael Hutchinson for the win.
The Marlies look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 4:00pm at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Laval: R. Harvey-Pinard (2) (K. Roy, L. Vejdemo), G. Bourque (2) (X. Ouellet, L. Belpedio), L. Belpedio (2) PP (C. Schueneman), L. Vejdemo (2) SH (Unassisted), C. Caufield (2) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: M. McNiven (17/22), K. Poulin (14/14) W
Toronto: B. Seney (6) (M. Michaelis, J. Duszak), J. Ho-Sang (7) (M. Michaelis, B. Seney), B. Seney (7) (M. Michaelis, J. Ho-Sang), J. Anderson (4) (M. Abramov, S. Der-Arguchintsev), S. Der-Arguchintsev (3) (A. Steeves, K. Gabriel)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (13/14), M. Hutchinson (24/28) L
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Brett Seney opened the scoring at 5:38 of the first period and later scored at 6:49 of the second period. He also later the secondary assist on Ho-Sang’s first period goal. This was Seney’s fourth multipoint game of the season.
- Josh Ho-Sang scored at 10:55 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Seney’s second period goal. He has recorded points (5-3-8) in six of his last seven games.
- Joey Anderson scored at 13:23 of the second period. Anderson has five points (4 goals, 1 assists) in 10 games with the Marlies this season.
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev scored at 14:05 of the second period and added the secondary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. He has goals (3) in three consecutive games. Der-Arguchintsev has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in his last seven games.
- Marc Michaelis recorded the primary assists on both of Seney’s goals as well as Ho-Sang’s first period goal.
- Joseph Duszak picked up the secondary assist on Seney’s first period goal. He has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Mikhail Abramov registered the primary assist on Anderson’s second period goal. He has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Alex Steeves had the primary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period goal.
- Kurtis Gabriel collected the secondary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period goal.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 of 28 shots he faced in relief of Erik Källgren who left the game due to injury.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Brett Seney – Stopped (2021-22: 0/2)
- Josh Ho-Sang – Goal (2021-22: 2/2)
- Mikhail Abramov – Stopped (2021-22: 1/2)
- Alex Steeves – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Joseph Duszak – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – Stopped (2021-22: 0/2)
- Joey Anderson – Goal (2021-22: 1/1)
- Filip Král – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Pavel Gogolev – Stopped (2021-22: 0/1)
- Toronto went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
- Laval had a 43-36 edge in shots in all situations. Marc Michaelis led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-3-0-1 against North Division opponents and 0-1-0-1 against the Laval Rocket.
Scoring first 6-0-0-1
Leading after 1 4-0-0-1
Leading after 2 5-0-0-1
Not scoring on the power play 3-4-0-1
Allowing a goal on the power play 3-3-0-1
Outshot by opponent 4-3-0-1
Goals 7 (J. Ho-Sang, B. Seney)
Assists 8 (J. Duszak)
Points 10 (J. Ho-Sang)
PPG 2 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 31 (B. Seney)
+/- +8 (A. Biega)
PIMS 36 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
It’s tough because we did a lot of good things in the first half. We accomplished everything we wanted to set out with our start, we played the way we wanted to play. We definitely got comfortable once we got the lead. It’s going to be a good lesson for our group. This is a tough league, that was a tough opponent, especially a rival opponent. We really just left too much time and space for them as the game went on.
JOEY ANDERSON (1 GOAL)
On the third period:
We just took our foot off the gas. I think we came out there and played two periods exactly how we wanted to. We had the game in our hands and it was just bleh. The third period was just kind of empty from us, and then we leave Hutchy out to dry there. The breakdowns we had obviously led to pucks in our net. It’s just not acceptable to come out after a period like that.
November 16: Loaned forward Kyle Clifford from Toronto (NHL).
November 15: Returned forward Joey Anderson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
*All times Eastern Standard Time
November 20 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m.
November 21 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
November 26 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
November 27 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
December 4 vs Springfield – 4:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies return home to face the Laval Rocket in the first of three home games this week.
The two divisional rivals meet at Coca-Cola Coliseum for the first time this season. In their previous meeting in Laval earlier this season, the Rocket were victorious, shutting out the Marlies 5-0. The Marlies will be looking to flip the script on Wednesday night.
The two teams are very close in the standings. Toronto holds a slight edge with 14 points, compared to the 13 that belong to Laval.
The Marlies come into Wednesday’s game riding a two game win streak, after winning back-to-back games in Chicago last weekend. The Rocket lost to Utica in their most recent game 5-3.
Some players to watch in this Wednesday matchup include Josh Ho-Sang, who currently leads the team with six goals and eight points. As well as, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, the Marlies leading rookie, who scored his first two goals of the season last weekend, including the game winner on Sunday. On the Rocket side, Laurent Dauphin leads the way with 12 points.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on Leafs Nation Network and AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.