The Toronto Marlies fell 5-2 to the Belleville Senators in the 2021-22 season finale on Saturday. The Marlies failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
In the first period, Cole Reinhardt got things started for the home side, giving them a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.
In the second period, Logan Shaw and Clark Bishop extended the Belleville lead to three goals, but Josh Ho-Sang managed to get one back before the period was over, making it 3-1 at the break.
In the final frame, the Marlies brought the pressure, outshooting the Sens 15-6. But, Clark Bishop and Andrew Agozzino both found the back of an empty Marlies net as the visitors went on to a 5-2 victory.
The Toronto Marlies would like to thank all the incredible Marlies fans for their support all season long. The team is looking forward to seeing everyone back at Coca-Cola Coliseum in the fall.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Ho-Sang (16) (T. Kivihalme), N. Robertson (16) (J. Ho-Sang, C. Krys)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (22/25) L
Belleville: C. Reinhardt (15) (L. Shaw), L. Shaw (15) PP (V. Lodin), C. Bishop (5) (M. Wedman), C. Bishop (6) EN (A. Agozzino, S. Sabourin), A. Agozzino (20) EN (E. Sokolov)
Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (32/34) W
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Josh Ho-Sang put the Marlies on the board at 17:15 of the second period and later added the primary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games this season.
- Teemu Kivihalme had the lone assist on Ho-Sang’s second period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 32 games this season.
- Chad Krys recorded the secondary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 36 games with the Marlies.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced.
- The Marlies went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 12-22-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 20-19-3-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Toronto had a 34-26 edge in shots in all situations. Josh Ho-Sang led the Marlies with six shots on goal. Toronto is 14-8-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
- The Marlies are 20-16-3-1 against North Division opponents and finish the regular season 6-5-1-0 against the Senators. Toronto outscored Belleville 45-36 through 12 games.
Not scoring first 11-20-2-0
Trailing after 1st 11-19-2-0
Trailing after 2nd 4-20-1-0
On the road 19-15-2-0
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
Goals 26 (J. Anderson)
Assists 45 (J. Duszak)
Points 59 (B. Seney)
PPG 8 (J. Anderson, B. McMann, A. Steeves)
Shots 177 (A. Steeves)
+/- +16 (B. Seney)
PIMS 110 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On today’s game:
The effort was there. I’m really proud of the team and what we’ve been able to accomplish and how we’ve been able to grow this year. In this game, they left it all on the ice. Right now, it stings quite a bit. It’s tough to digest and process. We truly felt our team was and is good enough to make the playoffs and be a part of the postseason. Definitely not short in effort and ability today.
On today’s game:
This group we showed obviously a lot of heart all the way throughout the season. I thought we deserved better. It’s really disappointing the outcome. Every guy in that locker room can be really proud of themselves this year. Not only took steps as players but as people too. There’s a lot of good to take out of it.
On Rich Clune and the team’s bond this season:
It’s a good learning experience. You look at a guy like Rich Clune and he’s one of our oldest, most veteran players. He’s the reason why he’s played so long and has had such a good career because of the type of person he is on and off the ice and the work ethic he puts in. For myself and every guy in that locker room when times got tough, we turned to him. He’s a good friend and a guy I’m going to keep in touch with the rest of my life. Outside of hockey, he’s just a role model for this whole team.
The Toronto Marlies visit the Belleville Senators for the final game of the 2021-22 regular season. This will be the final of 12 meetings between the two teams in the regular season. Toronto is 6-4-1-0 against Belleville so far.
The Marlies can clinch a playoff spot with one point in Saturday’s game. The Sens have already secured their spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Marlies are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to Laval on Thursday, while the Sens last played on Sunday when they went to Toronto.
Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Joey Anderson and Bobby McMann. Both recorded a three-point performance in Thursday’s game. Anderson leads the team in goals with 26, while McMann just set the Marlies rookie goal scoring record with his 24th goal of the season. Brett Seney leads the team in points with 59. On the Senators side, Jake Lucchini leads the team with 51 points.
Puck drops at 3:00pm ET on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.