“We knew this was going to be a tough game for us to play here today with our travel coming in late and the quick turnaround here, playing against a team that I fully expected would be our toughest opponent that we’ve played to date here. Even last season playing against them with half the talent, they were one of the tougher teams we played against. We knew offence was hard to come by in that they shoot the puck a lot and spend a lot of time in your end and forecheck and work and all those things so it was going to be an extra challenge for our team today but I liked that we were able to play with the lead and do a lot of things to generate enough offence to score.” — SHELDON KEEFE.

TORONTO MARLIES (7-0-2-1 – 17 Points) vs. LAVAL ROCKET (7-5-1-0 – 15 Points)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019

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TORONTO11300-35
LAVAL02301-36

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET  |    SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: E. Korshkov (6) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), R. Sandin (2) (T. MacMaster, T. Liljegren), D. Archibald (3) (G. Wilson), J. Bracco (2) (N. Petan, J. Schmaltz), P. Aberg (7) PP (T. Liljegren, P. Engvall)
Goaltender: J. Woll (47/52)

Laval: J. Cox (2) (N. Juulsen, L. Vejdemo), D. Weise (2) (Unassisted), L. Vejdemo (4) (G. Olofsson, J. Cox), C. Hudon (4) (D. Weise, M. Peca), C. Hudon (5) (O. Leskinen, D. Weise)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren (21/26)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Egor Korshkov opened the scoring for the third time this season at 6:37 of the first period on the power play. This is Korshkov’s fourth power play goal. He has eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in 10 games this season.
  • Rasmus Sandin scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 11:58 of the second period and earlier added the secondary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Sandin has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in seven games.
  • Darren Archibald scored Toronto’s third goal of the game at 2:35 of the third period. Archibald has three goals in 10 games this season.
  • Jeremy Bracco scored at 7:45 of third period and earlierrecorded the primary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Bracco has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through 10 games this season.
  • Pontus Aberg scored on the power play at 13:08 of the third period. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (12) and goals (7) through 10 games. 
  • Tanner MacMaster registered the primary assist on Sandin’s second period goal. MacMaster has set a career high with points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four consecutive games.
  • Timothy Liljegren picked up the secondary assist on Sandin’s second period goal and the primary assist on Aberg’s third period power play goal. Liljegren has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 10 games.
  • Garrett Wilson had the lone assist on Archibald’s third period goal. Wilson has four points (2 goals, 2 assist) in three consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan recorded the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two games this season.
  • Jordan Schmaltz collected the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal.
  • Pierre Engvall registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Engvall has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 10 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 47 of 52 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-0-1-1 on the season with a 0.897 Save Percentage and a 3.36 Goals Against Average.

IN THE SHOOTOUT

·        Nic Petan – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)

·        Kenny Agostino – Stopped (2019-20: 1/2)

·        Pontus Aberg – Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)

·        Joseph Woll – 2/3(2019-20: 7/9)

OF NOTE…

  • The Marlies last allowed more than 50 shots on goal on January 30, 2015 in a 3-2 win against the Utica Comets.
  • Toronto is the only AHL team without a regulation loss (7-0-2-1). This is the second-best start over 10 games since the 2007-08 team collected 18 points out of a possible 20 points.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-3 on the power play.
  • Laval had a 53-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 4-0-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 0-0-0-1 against the Rocket. This is the first of eight games this season against Laval.
  • The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: P. Aberg (7)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (8)
  • Points: P. Aberg (12)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (35)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+11)
  • PIMS: E. Korshkov,J. Schmaltz (10)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 6-0-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 4-0-1-1 when leading after the first period and 2-0-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 2-0-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 3-0-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-0-0-1 in November.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Pontus Aberg has points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Jeremy Bracco has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
  • Pierre Engvall has assists (2) in consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.
  • Rasmus Sandin has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
  • Jordan Schmaltz has assists (2) in consecutive games.
  • Garret Wilson has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Belleville.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
  • October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).
  • October 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On identifying trends through the beginning of the season:
I don’t know if I’d say trends, other than some of our play to the neutral zone, I think, we need to clean up and do better but a lot of our game I liked a lot to be honest. I liked how we stuck with it. We knew this was going to be a tough game for us to play here today with our travel coming in late and the quick turnaround here, playing against a team that I fully expected would be our toughest opponent that we’ve played to date here. Even last season playing against them with half the talent, they were one of the tougher teams we played against. We knew offence was hard to come by in that they shoot the puck a lot and spend a  lot of time in your end and forecheck and work and all those things so it was going to be an extra challenge for our team today but I liked that we were able to play with the lead and do a lot of things to generate enough offence to score. We were good on special teams up until we weren’t in the third there when we needed it the most. All the things we wanted to do well I thought we did. Obviously, we know though that we have to be better in order to compete on a regular basis.

On the team’s identity:
I think we’re still trying to sort that out to be honest. We changed out lineup up a little bit here today. We’re waiting on some people to come into our lineup that I think are going to change the look of our team significantly. Obviously, Nic Petan’s arrival changes our group significantly. I think we’re still trying to sort that out and as I said, changing the lineup up a little bit today was just kind of experimenting on what we would look like if we would move things around and also just trying to utilize our depth but we’re a big, strong team with lots of experience and I don’t know if we’re playing like that quite yet. Still trying to find our way. It’s a little adjustment for me as a coach too. It’s a much different type of lineup and we’re trying to sort through that. I know we have spirit and we’ve got fight and that’s why we’ve been able to stick around and make sure we get points in every game.


NEXT GAME:

November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. CT
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET

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