The Toronto Marlies defeated the Belleville Senators 6-5 in a Shootout on Wednesday night in the first of two straight games. Toronto improves to 6-0-0-0 for January and 14-3-1-0 when playing on the road.
Halfway through the first, the Senators opened the scoring with a goal by Angus Crookshank at 13:17 to make it 1-0. Before the period was over, Joseph Blandisi notched his tenth of the season at 19:47 to tie the game at one apiece.
In the second, Belleville regained the lead with a goal by Cole Cassels at 5:11 to make it 2-1. Shortly after, Logan Shaw scored on the power-play at 9:14 to tie the game once again. Less than a minute later, Toronto added another goal by Pontus Holmberg to take the lead and make it 3-2. Later, Belleville responded with a goal by Kyle Betts at 17:08 to tie the game at three. Shortly after, Logan Shaw earned his second of the night with a power-play goal at 18:43 to give Toronto a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.
Just 29 seconds into the third, Toronto added another goal by Nick Abruzzese to extend their lead to two. Abruzzese is currently tied for third overall amongst rookies in points (11-17-28). Shortly after, Belleville added two unanswered goals by Matthew Boucher to tie the game at five and send it to overtime.
In the extra frame, neither team was able to convert in overtime so the game headed to a shootout.
In the shootout, Logan Shaw scored the lone goal to secure the win for Toronto. Shaw has points (5-10-15) in six consecutive games and is currently second overall in the league in points (15-29-44).
Erik Källgren stood tall in the Marlies crease stopping 25 of the 30 shots he faced.
The Marlies return to action on January 20th when they play Belleville in the second of two straight games. Puck drop is at 7:05pm on AHLTV.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Blandisi (10) (M. Ellis, M. Abramov), L. Shaw (14) PP (J. Anderson, N. Abruzzese), P. Holmberg (2) (S. Der-Arguchintsev, T. Miller), L. Shaw (15) PP (S. Der-Arguchintsev, N. Hoefenmayer), N. Abruzzese (11) (L. Shaw, N. Hoefenmayer)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (25/30) W
Belleville: A. Crookshank (12) PP (C. Cassels), C. Cassels (4) (J. Lukosevicius, J. Aspirot), K. Betts (1) (J. Larsson, A. Crookshank), M. Boucher (2) (K. Betts, J. Lukosevicius), M. Boucher (3) (J. Lukosevicius, J. Aspirot)
Goaltender: K. Mandolese (35/40) SO/L
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Joseph Blandisi scored at 19:47 of the first period. He has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. Blandisi has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 33 games this season.
- Logan Shaw scored at 9:14 and at 18:43 of the second period, both goals on the power play. He later added the primary assist on Abruzzese’s third period goal. This was his 10th multipoint game of the season. He has points (5-10-15) in six consecutive games. Shaw is second overall in the league in points (15-29-44).
- Pontus Holmberg scored at 10:22 of the second period. He has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 28 games with the Maple Leafs this season.
- Nick Abruzzese scored 29 seconds into the third period and earlier had the secondary assist on Shaw’s second period goal. He has three goals and six assists in five consecutive games. Abruzzese is tied for third overall amongst rookies in points (11-17-28).
- Max Ellis had the primary assist on Blandisi’s first period goal. He has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 27 games this season.
- Mikhail Abramov recorded the secondary assist on Blandisi’s first period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Joey Anderson registered the primary assist on Shaw’s second period goal. He has points (1-3-4) in consecutive games.
- Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up the primary assists on Holmberg’s and Shaw’s goals, both in the second period. He has 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists) through 34 games this season.
- Tommy Miller recorded the secondary assist on Holmberg’s second period goal.
- Noel Hoefenmayer registered the secondary assists on Shaw’s second power play goal of the second period and Abruzzese’s third period goal. He has points (1-3-4) in consecutive games.
- Erik Källgren stopped 25 of 30 shots he faced. He has been in net for all three of Toronto’s shootout games (2-1) this season.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Joey Anderson – No goal (2022-23: 1/2)
- Logan Shaw – Goal (2022-23: 1/2)
- This was Toronto’s second shootout win of the season (2-1).
- The Marlies are 14-3-1-0 on the road and lead the AHL in winning percentage (0.806). This was Toronto’s eighth consecutive road win.
- Toronto is on their annual Boat Show Road Trip which includes eight games from Jan. 14 to Jan. 29. Toronto is 2-0-0 on the trip with their opening 7-5 win over the Rochester Americans on Jan. 14.
- The Marlies went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and 2-for-7 on the power play. Toronto is 20-4-1-1 when scoring on the power play and 12-4-1-0 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill. Toronto is 9-0-1-1 when scoring more than one power play goal.
- Toronto had a 41-30 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson and Logan Shaw led the Marlies with six shots on goal. Toronto is 11-5-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 17-7-0-1 against North Division opponents and are 5-2-0-0 against the Senators this season. Toronto has outscored Belleville 24-22 through seven games.
Not scoring first 13-5-0-0
Tied after 1st 9-6-0-0
Leading after 2nd 17-0-1-1
On the road 14-3-1-0
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
Goals 16 (A. Gaudette)
Assists 30 (L. Shaw)
Points 45 (L. Shaw)
PPG 8 (L. Shaw)
Shots 108 (L. Shaw)
+/- +10 (M. Kokkonen)
PIMS 76 (N. Hoefenmayer)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
Every time we’ve been in this building, there’s been lots of momentum swings. There was a little bit of a slow start. They always come out really strong in this building. They’re hard to play against in the first period. I thought we found our game in the second. The power play brought momentum. We got to our style of play in the second period, five-on-five which is also brough momentum and in the third period, they make a big push but we’re able to hold on through the extra time to shootout.
JOSEPH BLANDISI (1 GOAL)
On facing Belleville on Friday:
Just keeping things consistent. It’s always hard to play a team twice in a row. We know they’re going to come hard and want revenge so, I think we just have to keep our game consistent and keep doing what we’ve been doing as of late.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
January 20 at Belleville – 7:05 p.m.
January 21 at Laval – 3:00 p.m.
January 24 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PST)
January 25 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PST)
January 27 at Manitoba – 7:00 p.m. (CST)
The Toronto Marlies continue their annual Boat Show Road Trip with a game against the Belleville Senators on Wednesday night in the first of two straight games. This will be the seventh of twelve meetings between the two clubs this season.
The two teams last met on December 28th where the Marlies won 4-2 over the Senators. Toronto is currently 4-2-0-0 against Belleville this season. Currently, Toronto sits atop the North Division standings in first place with a 24-9-1-1 record, while Belleville is in fifth place with a 15-18-3-0 record.
Toronto will look to continue their momentum heading into Wednesday’s game. The Marlies are coming off a 7-5 win over Rochester on Saturday night, extending their win streak to five in a row. The Senators are coming off a 4-2 loss to Manitoba on Saturday and have currently won three of their last five games.
Players to look out for on the Marlies side include Logan Shaw who is on a five-game point streak (3-10-13) and leads the team in points with 42, as well as Noel Hoefenmayer who has 26 points (9G, 17A) in 33 games this season. On the Senators side, Egor Sokolov leads the way with 36 points (11G, 25A).
Puck Drop is at 7:05pm on AHLTV.