Toronto Marlies Top Abbotsford Canucks In Saturday Matinee

The Toronto Marlies defeated the Abbotsford Canucks 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in the first half of a back-to-back. Toronto improves to 16-15-1-0 at Scotiabank Arena.

In the first period, it was the home team who got on the board first. Joey Anderson scored on the power-play at 1:16 to give the Marlies the early lead. Later, Noel Hoefenmayer scored at 11:48 to extend the lead to two heading into the second period.  

During the second period, the Marlies power-play struck again with a goal by Semyon Der-Arguchintsev at 4:01 in the frame. Halfway through the period, Abbotsford responded with two goals by John Stevens and Linus Karlsson to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes.  

Early in the third period, Abbotsford scored with a goal by Lane Pederson at 6:25 to tie the game at three. Later, Mikhail Abramov scored on the power-play at 13:13 to earn his first of the season. Shortly after, Adam Gaudette potted the empty net to earn his ninth of the season and make it 5-3 Marlies.  

The two teams meet again November 20th at Coca Cola Coliseum. Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV. 

Game Notes:



Abbotsford: J. Stevens (3) (J. Dowling, K. Rau), L. Karlsson (4) (C. Wouters, C. Wolanin), L. Pederson (4) (T. Nielsen, W. Kalynuk)
Goaltender: A. Silovs (20/24) L

Toronto: J. Anderson (9) PP (N. Hoefenmayer, L. Shaw), N. Hoefenmayer (2) (A. Steeves, L. Shaw), S. Der-Arguchintsev (40 PP (J. Blandisi, M. Abramov), M. Abramov (1) PP (J. Blandisi, A. Gaudette), A. Gaudette (9) EN (N. Abruzzese, M. Hellickson)
Goaltender: D. Ferguson (17/19), K. Petruzzelli (9/10) W


  • Joey Anderson opened the scoring at 1:16 of the first period on the power play. This was his fourth power play goal of the season. He has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games with the Marlies.
  • Noel Hoefenmayer scored at 11:48 of the first period and earlier recorded the primary assist on Anderson’s first period goal. He is tied for fourth amongst defenceman in points (2-10-12).
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev scored at 4:01 of the second period. This was his 50th career AHL point. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games this season.
  • Mikhail Abramov scored the game-winning goal on the power play at 13:13 of the third period and earlier had the secondary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period goal.
  • Adam Gaudette scored on the empty net at 18:57 of the third period and earlier recorded the secondary assist on Abramov’s power play game-winner. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. He has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 13 games this season.
  • Logan Shaw had the secondary assists on Anderson’s power play goal and Hoefenmayer’s goal, both in the first period. He has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in 14 games this season.
  • Alex Steeves registered the primary assist on Hoefenmayer’s first period goal. He has five goals and 10 assists through 14 games this season.
  • Joseph Blandisi picked up the primary assists on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period goal and Abramov’s third period goal. He has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 11 games this season.
  • Nick Abruzzese had the primary assist on Gaudette’s third period goal. He has four goals and five assists in 14 games this season.
  • Matthew Hellickson recorded the secondary assist on Gaudette’s third period.
  • Dylan Ferguson stopped 17 of 19 shots he faced 39:54 of action. Keith Petruzzelli stopped 9 of 10 shots to capture the win. He is 7-1-0 this season with a 2.84 goals-against average and a 0.908 save percentage.


  • Toronto is 16-15-1-0 at Scotiabank Arena.
  • The Marlies went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 3-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 10-2-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 6-0-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • This is the first time Toronto has recorded three power play goals this season. This is their sixth multi-power play goal game of the season.
  • Abbotsford had a 29-25 edge in shots in all situations. Noel Hoefenmayer led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 4-2-1-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 against Pacific Division opponents and are 1-0-0-0 against the Abbotsford Canucks.

Scoring first               
Leading after 1st                      5-0-1-0
Leading after 2nd                      7-0-1-0      
At home                                   7-2-1-0
Saturday                                  6-0-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               9
(J. Anderson, A. Gaudette)
Assists            11 (L. Shaw)
Points              18 (L. Shaw)
PPG                 4 (J. Anderson, L. Shaw)
Shots               50 (A. Gaudette)
+/-                    +7 (M. Rifai)
PIMS                31 (M. Rifai)




On what can be cleaned up from today’s win:
Consistency has been a big word in our room. We have found consistent starts. That was something we really wanted to focus on at the beginning of the season and I feel as though the team has a done a good job at that. The first period lead that we got set us up for success. You’d like the group in the second period to come out and really give (Abbotsford) nothing. I felt like we got a little comfortable, some poor puck decisions through the middle of the rink which fueled their opportunities. But then found a way again in the third period to get a win.

On Keith Petruzzelli in relief:
The big glove save in the third period was beautiful. We obviously don’t want to give up a chance like that but he kept us in the game. It’s always tough coming into a game partial way like that and to play the way he did was great. Yesterday was not a reflection on him (6-1 loss against Belleville). Being up, it had been some time since he had been in some game action and it can always take a little bit to find your timing, but he played well for us yesterday. Yesterday was more about the team giving up the chances that he did.

On Mikhail Abramov’s game-winning goal:

(It was) huge. The season hasn’t gone to plan as he would have expected with opportunity and ice time. He’s doing a great job at finding his way. He didn’t get to start the season in training camp and get his legs under him like the other guys did. He’s a great player that we really believe in and it was good to see him like that.



On today’s game:

It’s always tough playing back-to-backs but we came out hard and got off to a good start which is what we’ve been focusing on. Definitely got to clean up the middle of the game to have a full 60 minutes of controlling the game but credit to us, we didn’t give up, we didn’t get down on ourselves. We just went back to work in the third period. There’s definitely things to work on and the good thing about back-to-back-to-backs is we’ve got another game tomorrow to work on stuff.

On Keith Petruzzelli:
He’s been great all year. He’s been an anchor for us all year. Coming in cold like that after a back-to-back is not something easy to do but he came in and Ferguson played great to start us off and then Petruzzelli picked it up after he went out and held us in there.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

November 20 vs. Abbotsford – 4:00 p.m.
November 23 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
November 25 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
November 26 vs. Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
December 3 vs. Syracuse – 4:00 p.m.

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies host the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday Afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in the first half of a back-to-back. This will mark the first of four matchups between the two clubs this season.  

The two teams last met in March during the 2021-22 season, where the Marlies won 4-3 in Overtime. During the 2021-22 season, the Marlies were 2-2-0-0 against the Canucks.  

Toronto is coming off of a 6-1 loss to the Belleville Senators on Friday night to fall to a 9-2-1-0 record. While Abbotsford is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Laval Rocket on Wednesday night to fall to a 5-5-0-1 record.  

Players to look out for on the Marlies side include Joey Anderson and Logan Shaw who both lead the team with 16 points. On the Canucks side, Linus Karlsson leads the team with ten points.  

Puck drop is at 1:30pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV.  

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