CHARLOTTE 7, MARLIES 3: “Loss for words right now. I think pretty frustrated, I think the whole group’s frustrated. We all haven’t been good enough. It’s going to take a group effort to climb our way out of this. Can we? Yes. Will we? Yes. Today’s another frustrating day. We’re going to find a way to right the ship.” — GREG MOORE

TORONTO MARLIES (21-16-2-2 – 46 Points) vs. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (24-14-3-0 – 51 Points)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: J. Schmaltz (2) (J. Bracco, C. Conrad), H. Elynuik (3) (J. Duszak), K. Agostino (20) PP (Marchment, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: J. Woll (24/31)

Charlotte: M. Geekie (11) PP (J. Bean, A. Nedeljkovic), D. Gust (7) (R. McKeown, J. Bean), J. Gauthier (19) (M. McCormick), E. Luostarinen (7) (Unassisted), S. Lorentz (14) PP (F. Claesson, C. Priskie), M. Geekie (12) (F. Claesson, J. Pritchard), S. Lorentz (15) (M. Geekie, R. McKeown)
Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (14/17)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jordan Schmaltz put the Marlies on the board at 11:15 of the second period. Schmaltz has 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) through 29 games this season.
  • Hudson Elynuik scored at 12:14 of the second period. Elynuik has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 34 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino scored on the power play at 12:14 of the second period. Agostino has 13 points (9 goals, 4 assists) in his last 15 games. Agostino is tied for fifth overall in the AHL in goals (20). He is the first Marlie to reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in his AHL career.
  • Jeremy Bracco recorded the primary assist on Schmaltz’s goal and the secondary assist on Agostino’s power play goal, both in the second period. Bracco is fourth overall in the AHL in assists (29).
  • Colt Conrad registered the secondary assist on Schmaltz’s second period goal. This was his first point in his first game with the Marlies this season. Conrad has 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) through 24 games with Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • Joseph Duszak picked up the lone assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Duszak has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) through eight games this season.
  • Mason Marchment collected the primary assist on Agostino’s second period power play goal. He has eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) through nine career games against Charlotte. He has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 24 of 31 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-10-1-1 on the season with a .890 Save Percentage and a 3.60 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
  • Charlotte had a 31-17 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino, Hudson Elynuik and Mason Marchment led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 1-2-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 0-1-0-1 against the Charlotte Checkers.
  • 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 (20)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (29)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (33)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (103)
  • +/-:  J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+7)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (60)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 8-10-2-2 (20 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 81-69. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Nic Petan in assists (11) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-1-1) have combined to make 657 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-9-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-12-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 14-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 6-2-1-0 in Sunday games and are 2-6-0-1 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Mason Marchment has points (3-2-6) in three 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 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 17: Assigned forward Trevor Moore from Toronto (NHL) on a conditioning loan.
  • January 14: Ressigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 14: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • January 14: Returned forward Mason Marchment on loan from Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
Loss for words right now. I think pretty frustrated, I think the whole group’s frustrated. We all haven’t been good enough. It’s going to take a group effort to climb our way out of this. Can we? Yes. Will we? Yes. Today’s another frustrating day. We’re going to find a way to right the ship.

On where he sees breakdowns in Toronto’s play:
D-zone, we definitely have to be a little bit tighter. We’re still allowing too much inside and getting to our goaltender. We’ve got to be able to close out on the D-zone when it’s a fifty-fifty puck and win our battles. There’s just an intensity in the game of hockey it needs to have and for the team to have throughout the entire bench. We had it for the second period today. Again, first period was not what we wanted in terms of talking about it and our slow start yesterday but just a little bit more heart, a little bit more possession, a little bit more our style and doing the things that we preach here and we’re having a hard time finding that consistency.

NEXT GAME:

January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 25 at Cleveland – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET

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By Terry Koshan

Pathetic, really.

The Maple Leafs slinked into their bye week on Saturday night and said bye-bye to their playoff spot.

The aim for many players as they get away from their livelihoods is to forget about work and relax, but we’re not sure how that can be possible for the Leafs considering their recent play.

Once the Leafs return from the break on Jan. 27 in Nashville to start a two-game trip, they’re going to try to put behind them the first true skid in the Sheldon Keefe era.

The Leafs were on auto pilot before 19,502 at Scotiabank Arena, losing 6-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

As such, the Leafs will scatter for warmer climates with just one win in six games, going 1-3-2. This after Toronto won nine of 10.

And worse: The Leafs have fallen out of a playoff spot, sitting in fourth in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s not a good feeling,” captain John Tavares said. “We have to dig down and ask ourselves where we want to get to and how bad that we want to get there.

“Everyone is invested 100%, but when we have games like this, it gets in the way of us building what we want to build.”

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