The Toronto Marlies opened the weekend with a 3-2 overtime win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night. Toronto improves to 19-8-0-1 when playing at home and 6-2 in overtime games this season.
In the first, both teams exchanged chances, but neither were able to convert.
Late in the second, Hartford opened the scoring with a goal by Will Lockwood at 15:04 to take the 1-0 lead. Shortly after, Radim Zohorna earned his first as a Marlie at 18:46 to tie the game at one after 40 minutes.
Halfway through the third, Toronto added another with a goal by Kyle Clifford at 11:11 to take the 2-1 lead. Before the period was over, Jake Leschyshyn scored at 19:23 to tie the game at two and send it to overtime.
In the extra frame, it was Logan Shaw who scored the overtime winner at 2:39 to secure the win for the home team. This marked Shaw’s third game-winning goal of the season and his second overtime goal of the season.
Joseph Woll stood tall in the Marlies crease stopping 21 of the 23 shots he faced.
The Marlies return to action on March 12th when they visit the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is at 3:05pm on AHLTV.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Hartford: W. Lockwood (13) (W. Cuylle), J. Leschyshyn (2) (A. Clendening, T. Gettinger)
Goaltender: L. Domingue (31/34) OT/L
Toronto: R. Zohorna (11) (W. Villeneuve, M. Ellis), K. Clifford (6) (W. Villeneuve), L. Shaw (18) (W. Villeneuve, P. Holmberg)
Goaltender: J. Woll (21/23) W
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Radim Zohorna put the Marlies on the board at 18:46 of the second period. This was his first goal as a Marlie in his third game. Zohorna has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 43 games this season.
- Kyle Clifford scored at 11:11 of the third period.
- Logan Shaw scored at 2:39 of overtime. This was his third game-winning goal of the season and his second overtime goal. Shaw has 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) in 55 games this season.
- William Villeneuve recorded his first career three-point game with primary assist on Zohorna’s second period goal and Shaw’s overtime winner and the lone assist on Clifford’s third period goal. He has 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) in 44 games with the Marlies.
- Max Ellis had the secondary assist on Zohorna’s second period goal. He has 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Pontus Holmberg picked up the secondary assist on Shaw’s overtime goal. He has points (3-2-5) in five consecutive games. Holmberg has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 24 games with the Marlies.
- Joseph Woll stopped 21 of 23 shots he faced. He is 16-1-0 this season with a 2.22 goals against average and 0.933 save percentage.
- Toronto is 6-2 in overtime games this season.
- The Marlies went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play. Toronto is 12-8-0-0 when not scoring on the power play and 18-5-0-1 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Toronto had a 34-23 edge in shots in all situations. Logan Shaw and Alex Steeves led the Marlies with six shots on goal. Toronto is 19-7-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-2-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack.
Not scoring first 18-11-0-0
Tied after 1st 14-9-0-0
Tied after 2nd 9-3-0-0
At home 19-8-0-1
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
Goals 18 (B. McMann, L. Shaw)
Assists 40 (L. Shaw)
Points 58 (L. Shaw)
PPG 9 (B. McMann, L. Shaw)
Shots 170 (L. Shaw)
+/- +19 (R. Zohorna)
PIMS 101 (N. Hoefenmayer)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On Toronto pushing back after Hartford tying the game late:
It was great. I really liked how our team pushed back as the game went on. I think Woll would like to have that one back but, for how much he’s bailed us out, for how much he’s done for us this year, it was nice to reward him, for the players to come back and get this one for him.
WILLIAM VILLENEUVE (3 ASSISTS)
On Logan Shaw scoring in overtime:
It was a pretty good feeling. He’s been our leader since the beginning of the season, and also he got into a fight … that’s not in his nature but it just shows that he’s ready to do everything for us. That’s a good reward for him, and we’re just happy.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
March 12 at Rochester – 3:05 p.m.
March 17 vs. Charlotte – 1:30 p.m.
March 18 vs. Charlotte – 4:00 p.m.
March 22 vs. Milwaukee – 7:00 p.m.
March 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies return home to host the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday evening in their first of two meetings in the regular season.
Currently, Toronto sits atop the Eastern Conference in first place with a 38-16-2-1 record, while Hartford is in 12th with a 24-23-3-7 record on the season.
Toronto heads into Saturday’s game with a 3-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, while Hartford is coming off a high-scoring 8-4 loss to the Rochester Americans on Friday.
Players to look out for on the Marlies side include Joseph Blandisi who has points (2-2-4) in four consecutive games, and Nick Abruzzese who has 41 points (15G, 26A) in 57 games. On the Wolf Pack side, Will Cuylle leads the way with 32 points (19G, 13A).
Puck drop is at 5:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV.