TEXAS 5, MARLIES 3: POSTGAME NOTES: “The group really wanted this hockey game. We thought as a staff the process was there – the team played the right way, the effort, our details, our habits, controlled a good portion of the game, controlled the puck, played the style of game we wanted to play. I think the frustration sets in, we just didn’t get the result we wanted but if we’re looking at the longevity of this group and the direction we’re going, tonight was some good signs.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (20-14-2-1 – 43 Points) vs. TEXAS STARS (17-17-2-2 – 38 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: R. Clune (3) (T. Liljegren), N. Petan (5) PP (K. Agostino, R. Sandin), N. Petan (6) PP (R. Sandin, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (21/25)

Texas: T. Kero (2) PP (A. Louis, S. Johns), S. Johns (1) PP (Unassisted), J. Robertson (13) (Unassisted), T. Felhaber (2) (S. Johns, R. Gardner), M. Mersch (13) EN (S. Johns, T. Kero)
Goaltender: L. Bow (29/32)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Rich Clune put the Marlies on the board at 10:10 of the first period. This was his 50th career AHL goal and his third in 10 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored twice on the power play at 7:26 and 10:15 of the third period. This is Petan’s fourth multi-point game of the season. Petan has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 12 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren picked up the lone assist on Clune’s first period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in six consecutive games.
  • Kenny Agostino recorded the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. Agostino has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four consecutive games. Agostino has 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Petan’s first goal and the primary assist on Petan’s second goal in the third period. This was Sandin’s first game since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.
  • Jeremy Bracco collected the secondary assist on Petan’s second goal of the third period. This is Bracco’s 12th power play assist.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 21 of 25 shots he faced. He is now 11-5-1-0 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the eighth game where Toronto has scored multiple power play goals this season.
  • Toronto had a 32-26 edge in shots in all situations. Nic Petan led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and finish their regular season series 2-2-0-0 against the Texas Stars.
  • Toronto played the Texas Stars on Nov. 16 and 17, winning both games in the back-to-back by a combined score of 12-7. Toronto recorded their most goals scored in a period (6) and in a game (8) with Kenny Agostino picking up his first hat trick of the season.
  • Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (18)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (25)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (30)
  • PPG: N. Petan (5)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (98)
  • +/-:  P. Aberg, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+8)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 7-8-2-1 (17 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
  • The Marlies have been outscored 65-54. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (9) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (11) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-0) and Joseph Woll (2-4-1-1) have combined to make 526 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 5-4-0-0 when tied after the first period and 3-10-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-5-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-4-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-4-0-0 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-6-7) in six consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has goals (3) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Ben Harpur (concussion)did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 8: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Rasmus Sandin by Toronto (NHL) from Sweden (WJC).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether the team improved from the previous game:
It’s tough to talk on it. The group really wanted this hockey game. We thought as a staff the process was there – the team played the right way, the effort, our details, our habits, controlled a good portion of the game, controlled the puck, played the style of game we wanted to play. I think the frustration sets in, we just didn’t get the result we wanted but if we’re looking at the longevity of this group and the direction we’re going, tonight was some good signs.

On if the power play got the looks he wanted:
Yes and no. There are still times where we’re a little slow. We give the PK time to get comfortable. We need to find a way to be more of a threat and get more interior looks. It’s definitely an area we’ve got to be better at power plays, got to execute and find ways to have more of an impact on the hockey game and find a way to be a little more dynamic.

On the play of the defencemen:
I was really happy with our D. I thought our gaps were phenomenal. I thought we denied lines. I thought we got pucks out of their hands early, allowed us to counter and play fast and really have the ice tilted. They really steered the ship for us tonight.

NEXT GAME:

January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET
January 19 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET

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