The Toronto Marlies wrapped up their Royal Road Trip with a 6-1 loss to the Belleville Senators on Friday night.
In the first period, both teams exchanged chances, but the goalies stood tall to keep the game tied at zero heading into the second.
In the second period, it was the home team who opened the scoring. Egor Sokolov scored at 3:14 on the power-play to give the Senators the early lead. Throughout the period, Belleville continued to apply pressure. Rourke Chartier, Ridly Greig, and Cole Cassels all scored to extend the Senators lead to four, after 40 minutes of play.
Early in the third, Toronto responded with a goal by Joseph Blandisi at 1:57 to make it 4-1. Cole Cassels and Egor Sokolov both added another for the visitors before the game was over to make it 6-1.
The Marlies return to action Saturday night for a back-to-back against the Abbostford Canucks at Scotiabank arena. Puck drop is at 1:30pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV.
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Blandisi (2) (A. Gaudette, M. Ellis)
Goaltender: K. Petruzzelli (32/38) L
Belleville: E. Sokolov (3) PP (M. Guenette, A. Bibeau), R. Chartier (8) (J. Lucchini, V. Lodin), R. Greig (3) PP (R. Chartier, M. Guenette), C. Cassels (2) (L. Thomson, B. Saulnier), C. Cassels (3) (B. Saulnier, S. Sabourin), E. Sokolov (4) PP (P. Daoust, R. Greig)
Goaltender: A. Bibeau (32/33) W
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Joseph Blandisi put the Marlies on the board at 1:57 of the third period. He has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 10 games this season.
- Adam Gaudette recorded the primary assist on Blandisi’s third period goal. He has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in 12 games this season.
- Max Ellis had the primary assist on Blandisi’s third period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Keith Petruzzelli stopped 32 of 38 shots he faced.
- Toronto finished their annual Royal Road Trip 6-1-1-0 and outscored their opponents 31-27.
- The Marlies went 5-for-8 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 0-1-0-0 when not scoring on the power play and 4-3-1-0 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Belleville had a 38-33 edge in shots in all situations. Max Ellis and Adam Gaudette led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 4-2-0-0 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 7-2-0-0 against North Division opponents and are 1-1-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.
Not scoring first 3-2-0-0
Tied after 1st 4-2-0-0
Trailing after 2nd 2-3-0-0
On the road 6-2-1-0
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
Goals 8 (J. Anderson, A. Gaudette)
Assists 10 (S. Der-Arguchintsev)
Points 16 (J. Anderson, L. Shaw)
PPG 4 (L. Shaw)
Shots 45 (A. Gaudette)
+/- +7 (M. Rifai)
PIMS 31 (M. Rifai)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
(This game was) definitely not the way we saw it going. The first period, we took way too many penalties. When you put yourself in a spot where you have a lot of guys who are burning energy, killing off that many minutes in the first period and then you have guys sitting there on the bench that aren’t able to get into the game and get into a flow of their shifts, it disrupts good momentum for us. The first period was tough. When we did get back to five-on-five, I thought we were doing okay. We had a good start even strength after the first period. Ultimately, the disconnect of killing that many in the first just leaked into the second. We had a really hard time gaining momentum against a team that was skating well tonight.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
November 19 vs. Abbotsford – 1:30 p.m. (Scotiabank Arena)
November 20 vs. Abbotsford – 4:00 p.m.
November 23 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
November 25 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
November 26 vs. Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
The Toronto Marlies wrap up their Royal Road Trip with a game against the Belleville Senators on Friday night. The two teams last met on November 5th in Belleville, where the Marlies won 5-2.
Both teams are coming off a win heading into Friday night. Toronto won 3-2 in Overtime against Grand Rapids, while Belleville won 8-7 in a shootout against Cleveland. Following their wins, Toronto improves to a 9-2-1-0 record, while Belleville improves to a 6-6-1-0 record.
Toronto’s power-play will look to extend their hot streak. The team has recorded a power-play goal (17) in each of their first twelve games of the season, setting an all-time franchise record for consecutive games with a power-play goal. Currently, the Marlies are 9-2-1-0 when scoring on the power-play.
Players to watch out for on the Marlies side includes Joey Anderson and Logan Shaw who both lead the team with 16 points, and Noel Hoefenmayer who leads all Toronto defensemen with ten points. On the Belleville side, Jake Lucchini leads the team with 15 points.
Puck drop is at 7:05pm on AHLTV.