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Toronto Marlies Top Rocket In Divisional Matchup

The Toronto Marlies defeated the Laval Rocket 5-1 on Friday night, picking up a big two points. The Marlies are now 2-3-0-1 against the Rocket this season.

In the first period, Laval outshot Toronto 12-9 and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission courtesy of Joël Teasdale. But, in the second, the Marlies came out strong, putting up three goals to take a 3-1 lead. Joey Anderson scored his team-leading 23rd of the season, while captain Rich Clune tallied his fourth of the year, and Philippe Myers scored his first as a Marlie late in the frame.

In the third, Nick Robertson scored his 15th of the season on a breakaway. Robertson extends his point streak to eight games (3-7–10), and now has 27 points in 25 games played this season. Newcomer Pontus Holmberg scored his first career AHL goal late in the frame, finding the back of an empty Laval net and securing a win for the visitors. Michael Hutchinson stood tall in the Marlies crease stopping 35 of the 36 shots he faced.

The Marlies return to Coca-Cola Coliseum for their final home game of the regular season on Sunday when they host the Belleville Senators. Puck drop is at 4:00pm ET.

Game Notes: 

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: J. Anderson (23) (B. Seney), R. Clune (4) (J. Ho-Sang, J. Duszak), P. Myers (1) (N. Robertson, C. Dahlström), N. Robertson (15) (Unassisted), P. Holmberg (1) EN (B. Seney, J. Anderson)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (35/36) W

Laval: J. Teasdale (13) (L. Condotta, T. Paquette-Bisson)
Goaltender: K. Poulin (26/30) L

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Joey Anderson put the Marlies on the board at 9:26 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on Holmberg’s third period goal. He has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games. Anderson has 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) in 52 games this season.
  • Rich Clune scored the game-winning goal at 14:06 of the second period. This was his fourth goal and first game-winning goal in 55 games this season.
  • Phil Myers scored at 15:51 of the second period. He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. This was his first goal with the Marlies.
  • Nick Robertson scored unassisted at 10:13 of the third period and earlier picked up the primary assist on Myers’ second period goal. He has points (7-3-10) in eight consecutive games.
  • Pontus Holmberg scored on the empty net at 14:33 of the third period. This was his first career AHL goal in his second game.
  • Brett Seney had the lone assist on Anderson’s second period goal and the primary assist on Holmberg’s third period goal. He has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his last five games.
  • Josh Ho-Sang recorded the lone assist on Clune’s second period goal. He has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 44 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak had the secondary assist on Clune’s second period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Duszak has 51 points (7 goals, 44 assists) in 58 games this season.
  • Carl Dahlström collected the secondary assist on Myers’ second period goal. He has 14 assists in 47 games this season.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced.

OF NOTE

  • The Marlies went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 12-20-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 18-11-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Laval had a 36-31 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 22-20-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 19-14-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-3-0-1 against the Rocket. Laval has outscored Toronto 25-21 through six games.
RECORD WHEN

Not scoring first                      10-18-2-0
Trailing after 1st                       10-17-1-0
Leading after 2nd                      27-4-2-1
On the road                             18-14-1-0
April                                       
4-5-0-0
Friday                                      7-5-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               23
(J. Anderson)
Assists            44 (J. Duszak)
Points              57 (B. Seney)
PPG                 8 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               168 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +17 (B. Seney)
PIMS                103 (R. Clune)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On tonight’s game:

This is a tough building to come in in the first period, sold out crowd. This team plays very heavy. I thought our team did a really good job being prepared and ready for that. Once we go through that energy and that push by Laval, we got stronger, we got better. A couple of big kills by our penalty kill, they were really important in the win today. Hutchy making some big saves. We’ve been chasing a 60-minute game all year, I think this was as close to it as we’ve had.

 

On Rich Clune and his game-winning goal:

It’s electric. Cluner does a lot for our group and when he can add offensively like that, it’s a big lift. The boys get really vibrant on the bench and excited for him. He does so much for us in other areas.

 

On Filip Král leaving the game in the first period:

Kind of a weird play. It was a great play by him. A good hit on the entry against, put the guy into the glass and got a stall. Things we definitely ask our D to do. Just unfortunate how the skate, probably of the opponent, grazed him on the inside of the leg. A leg laceration so just for precautionary reasons, we made sure we kept him out, not knowing how deep it was or what was the damage.

 

JOEY ANDERSON (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

 

On tonight’s game:
This was one of our most complete games. It was a must-win for us. There are no excuses. It has to be that way and it’s got to be that way the rest of the year.

 

On the penalty kill:
Just like the rest of the game, we were winning battles. A lot of the inconsistencies with our team this year have been competing and battles and structure. Tonight, we battled the whole time. Even when things weren’t perfect, we competed, blocked shots, didn’t panic when things broke down. Those are the things we need to do if we want to do anything come into the springtime, we’ve got to have that effort every night.

 

RICH CLUNE (GAME-WINNING GOAL)

 

On tonight’s game:
Based on our penalty kills, that was probably the difference of us being down a few goals early. You could really see the character and the courage and what we know we have in that room, we have a tight-knit group who will do things for each other and it came out there with the blocks and the clears and the saves. That’s what gave us momentum to get going in that game

 

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

April 24 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
April 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 28 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 30 at Belleville – 3:00 p.m.

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies head east to Laval for a Friday night battle with the Rocket. The Marlies are 1-3-0-1 against the Rocket so far this season. The two teams last met back on February 23rd when Laval won 6-4.

The two teams are in an intense battle for playoff positioning in the North Division. Laval can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Marlies on Friday night, while the Marlies need a win to keep themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Both teams are coming off of a loss to the Senators in their last game. The Marlies fell 5-4 to Belleville on Wednesday, while the Rocket lost 4-1 on Monday evening.

Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Brett Seney and Nick Robertson. Seney leads the team in points with 55 so far this season, while Robertson has points (6-2-8) in seven consecutive games. On the Rocket side, Jean-Sébastien Dea leads the active roster with 47 points and 25 goals.

Puck drops at 7:00pm ET on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.

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