Toronto Marlies Win in Overtime Against Syracuse Crunch

The Toronto Marlies came out on top against the Syracuse Crunch with the 4-3 overtime win on Friday night.

Late in the first, Joey Anderson scored on the power play at 16:30 to give the Marlies the early lead. Shortly after, Jordie Benn scored at 19:06 to give the team a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the second, Syracuse responded with an early goal by Trevor Carrick. In the final minutes of the second, Joey Anderson scored his second of the night at 17:09. He now has 9 points in his last four games.

In the third, Alex Barre-Boulet scored two goals in the period to tie the game at 3. 60 minutes was not enough, the game needed overtime.

In the extra frame, both teams exchanged chances, but it was Nick Abruzzese who scored the overtime winner to send the Marlies home with a win.

Keith Petruzzelli stood tall for the Marlies stopping 37 out of 40 shots.

The Marlies return to action on Saturday against Utica at 7:00pm on AHLTV.



Toronto: J. Anderson (5) PP (A. Steeves, N. Hoefenmayer), J. Benn (1) (M. Abramov, S. Der-Arguchintsev), J. Anderson (6) (J. Benn, N. Hoefenmayer), N. Abruzzese (2) (W. Villeneuve, M. Abramov)
Goaltender: K. Petruzzelli (37/40) W

Syracuse: T. Carrick (2) (R. Jones, G. Smith), A. Barre-Boulet (1) (R. Jones), A. Barre-Boulet (2) (S. Day)
Goaltender: M. Lagace (33/37) OT/L


  • Joey Anderson opened the scoring on the power play at 16:30 of the first period and scored his second of the game at 17:09 of the second period. He has points (6-3-9) through four consecutive games. Anderson has recorded multiple goals in three consecutive games for the first time in his professional career.
  • Jordie Benn scored at 19:06 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Anderson’s second period goal.
  • Nick Abruzzese scored the game-winning goal at 3:58 of overtime. This was his first career professional game-winning goal.
  • Alex Steeves recorded the primary assist on Anderson’s first period goal. He has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in six games this season.
  • Noel Hoefenmayer had the secondary assists on Anderson’s first and second period goals. He has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in five games this season.
  • Mikhail Abramov registered the primary assist on Benn’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Abruzzese’s overtime goal.
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up the secondary assist on Benn’s first period goal. He has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in six games this season.
  • William Villeneuve recorded the primary assist on Abruzzese’s overtime goal.
  • Keith Petruzzelli stopped 37 of 40 shots he faced. He is 4-0-0 this season with a 1.97 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage.


  • This was Toronto’s first overtime game of the season.
  • The Marlies went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-6 on the power play. The Marlies have picked up a power play goal in each of their first six games of the season.
  • Syracuse had a 40-37 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Gaudette led the Marlies with eight shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are on an eight-game road trip and return to Toronto on Nov. 19 at Scotiabank Arena.

Scoring first                           
Leading after 1st                     
Leading after 2nd
On the road                             1-1-0-0
Friday                                      1-1-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               6
(J. Anderson)
Assists            4 (S. Der-Arguchintsev, N. Hoefenmayer,               L. Shaw)
Points              9 (J. Anderson)
PPG                 2 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               23 (A. Gaudette)
+/-                    +4 (J. Anderson, M. Rifai)
PIMS                17 (C. Douglas)



On tonight’s game:

It’s always a tough building. This team, even from past years and proving again this year, they’re very disciplined, structured hockey team. They make it really tough to earn any kind of ice. I thought our team did a really good job to start. We came out hard. Appreciate our process and where we were going in the first, drew a lot of penalties because of it. We were skating, we were physical. The second period we started to lose a little bit of the skating, the physicality. They picked up another level. The last couple of games, the second period has not been as consistent as we want but it’s good that we’re finding consistent starts, that gives us a chance in the game. We found it again in the third. This team early on has really shown a lot of maturity throughout a game when they know they start to lose it or don’t have it, they’re able to regain pressure and momentum and things turn in the right direction again.

On Keith Petruzzelli’s performance:

Really proud of him and how he played. He kept us in that, especially in the second where he made some huge saves. And for a tough bouncer (Syracuse’s first goal) like that to go in and to not lose his composure, stay in the game, make the next big save, that shows how mentally tough he is as a goaltender.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

October 29 at Utica – 7:00 p.m.
November 2 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
November 4 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
November 5 at Belleville – 7:05 p.m.
November 11 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies kick off their eight-game Royal Road Trip Friday night in Syracuse. The Marlies will be on the road for three weeks, returning home to play the Abbotsford Canucks at Scotiabank Arena on November 19th.

The two teams last met on Wednesday night in Toronto where the Marlies won 5-3. Toronto’s special teams made a huge impact in that game, as the Marlies scored two power-play goals and one short-handed goal. Toronto has scored a power-play goal in their last four games. The Marlies have a  3-2-0-0 record, while the Crunch are 1-2-0-2.

Some players to watch on the Marlies side is Joey Anderson who has seven points (4G, 3A) in his last three games. Logan Shaw also has five points (1G, 5A) in his first five games with the Marlies. On the Crunch side, Felix Robert leads the team with 10 points.

Puck drop is at 7:00pm EST on AHLTV.

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