ICEHOGS 4, MARLIES 2: "I hope (Rasmus Sandin) dominates (with Sweden at the World Juniors). I hope he does really well and he gets to play with the puck and he has a lot of success. He already has good confidence, but it would be good if he came back with a nice swagger and just kept things rolling." — A.J. MacLEAN.

TORONTO MARLIES (17-7-2-1 – 37 Points) vs. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (15-10-0-1 – 31 Points)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019

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ROCKFORD2114
TORONTO1102
Rasmus Sandin with the Maple Leafs in October.

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Rockford: J. Quenneville (6) (P. Holm, P. Kurashev), P. Kurashev (4) (M. Entwistle, N. Beaudin), J. Quenneville (7) PP (A. Wedin, B. Youds), N. Moutrey (4) EN (J. Quenneville, P. Kurashev)
Goaltender: K. Lankinen (11/13)

Toronto: R. Clune (2) (J. Schmaltz, K. Rubins), A. Brooks (7) (M. Read)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (20/23)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Rich Clune scored at 14:14 of the first period. Clune has recorded goals (2) in consecutive games.
  • Adam Brooks scored at 1:18 of the second period. Brooks has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) through 18 games this season.
  • Jordan Schmaltz recorded the primary assist on Clune’s first period goal. This is Schmaltz 200th career AHL game. He has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 20 games this season.
  • Kristians Rubins registered the secondary assist on Clune’s first period goal. Rubins has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games.
  • Matt Read picked up the lone assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Read has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 21 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 9-3-1-0 on the season with a .914 Save Percentage and a 2.46 Goals Against Average. He turned away a penalty shot at 19:22 of the second period taken by MacKenzie Entwistle. This is his second successful save on a penalty shot this season.

OF NOTE…

  • Defenceman Rasmus Sandin was loaned to Team Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship. He has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) through 19 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Toronto has faced three penalty shots this season, with two (Oct. 5 vs Belleville and Dec. 15 vs Rockford) against Kasimir Kaskisuo and one (Dec. 8 vs San Antonio) against Joseph Woll. Toronto has stopped all three attempts.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on December 1 that Greg Moore was named head coach of the Toronto Marlies. He will join the Marlies on December 16.
  • Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for today’s game against Rockford. Toronto went 7-5-0-0 under Davison and MacLean, outscoring their opponents 35-34.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-2 on the power play.
  • Rockford had a 24-13 edge in shots in all situations. This is the fewest shots for Toronto in a game this season. Adam Brooks and Tyler Gaudet led the Marlies with two shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-3-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-2-0-0 against the Rockford IceHogs.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (14)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (18)
  • Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (24)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (69)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur, G. Wilson (+12)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 6-3-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-5-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 11-3-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 5-1-1-0 in Sunday games and are 3-4-0-0 in December.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Adam Brooks has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Rich Clune has goals (2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford. Heleft Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • December 15: Returned defenceman Martin Marincin on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 15: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 13: Returned forward Nic Petan on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 13: Reassigned defenceman Mac Hollowell by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • December 9: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

   POSTGAME QUOTES

ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN

On the losses this weekend:
I just think we didn’t generate enough chances or anything to the net, really. Our lack of quality in the attack in the third was pretty much our demise for the weekend.

On special teams:
thought the power play looked good today. They were moving it around. There was good movement of the puck and our bodies. But it was the same as what we talked about five-on-five. We just need to generate a few more shots to the net and that’ll be the message going into next week.

On what kind of player Team Sweden will get in Rasmus Sandin at the World Juniors:
A terrific one. He’s smart, moves the puck well, he can skate and defend. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

On what he hopes to see out of Sandin’s performance at the World Juniors:
I hope he dominates. I hope he does really well and he gets to play with the puck and he has a lot of success. He already has good confidence, but it would be good if he came back with a nice swagger and just kept things rolling.

DECEMBER 15th, 2019 – TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA – The AHL Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Coca-Cola Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo credit: Christian Bonin/TSGphoto.com)



NEXT GAME:

December 21 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 26 vs Belleville – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 28 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET

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