MARLIES 4 AT CLEVELAND 5 (OT) POSTGAME NOTES: “There was a lot of improvement. You can definitely look at our past and what the record has been as of late and fall back on that. But if you just look at this one game, the team put in a great effort. I thought the team really competed hard, much better in our D-zone, our fifty-fifty battles, our O-zone looked great tonight, got a lot of interior shots something’s that we’ve been missing in the past.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (21-17-3-2 – 47 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (20-20-2-2 – 44 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: B. Harpur (1) (P. Aberg, D. Archibald), N. Petan (9) (K. Rubins, P. Aberg), T. MacMaster (9) (G. Wilson, M. Hollowell), K. Agostino (21) (P. Aberg, M. Hollowell).
Goaltender: J. Woll (19/24).

Cleveland: D. Barach (5) (A. Peeke, M. Fortier), K. Sherwood (6) (M. Dano, R. MacInnis), T. Fix-Wolansky (5) PP (P. Bittner, S. Matteau), K. Sherwood (7) (C. Thurkauf, A. Peeke), S. Matteau (10) (A. Clendening, D. Simpson).
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (7/10), M. Kivlenieks (29/30).

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Ben Harpur opened the scoring at 14:25 of the first period. This is his first goal for the Marlies this season. Harpur has eight points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 29 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored at 14:53 of the first period. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. Petan has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 17 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored at 15:25 of the first period. MacMaster has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 37 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 15:39 of the third period. Agostino has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his last 10 games. Agostino is tied for fifth in the League in goals scored (21).
  • Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on Harpur’s goal in the first period, the secondary assist on Petan’s goal in the first period and the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Aberg has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in five games against Cleveland this season. This is his 11th multi-point game of the season.
  • Darren Archibald registered the secondary assist on Harpur’s first period goal. Archibald has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 28 games this season.
  • Kristians Rubins collected the primary assist on Petan’s first period goal. Rubins has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson picked up the primary assist on MacMaster’s first period goal. Wilson has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 36 games this season.
  • Mac Hollowell had the secondary assists on MacMaster’s first period goal and Agostino’s third period goal. Hollowell has four assists through 15 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-10-2-1 on the season with a .886 Save Percentage and a 3.67 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto scored three goals in 60 seconds in the first period. Toronto previously recorded three goals in 59 seconds against the Laval Rocket on December 27, 2019.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 40-24 edge in shots in all situations. Matt Read led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 10-9-3-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (29)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (35)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (110)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+8)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (60)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 8-11-3-2 (21 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 91-75. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (14) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-4-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-2-1) have combined to make 704 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 16-3-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 9-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 13-0-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-6-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-4-2-2 in Saturday games and are 2-7-1-1 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Nic Petan has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Mason Marchment left today’s game against Cleveland in the first period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 25: Returned defenceman Jake Muzzin from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 25: Returned forward Trevor Moore from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 23: Returned forward Colt Conrad on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 23: Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to conditioning loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 20: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On what improvements he saw from Toronto:
There was a lot of improvement. You can definitely look at our past and what the record has been as of late and fall back on that. But if you just look at this one game, the team put in a great effort. I thought the team really competed hard, much better in our d-zone, our fifty-fifty battles, our o-zone looked great tonight, got a lot of interior shots something’s that we’ve been missing in the past. The players really executed a lot that we asked of them today.

On Matt Read (6 shots):
He probably had four or five grade A chances. He really showed up in the game, helped our team find some momentum, some energy and he was one of the guys that really got interior and helped threaten.

On Pontus Aberg (3 assists):
He’s a big part of our team, he’s a top-six forward. He has a ton of ability and talent. When he brings it consistently with his effort and his compete and what he did tonight, he’s a heck of a hockey player.

On the AHL All-Star break:
I think every team in this league needs a break. It’s a long season. We’ve been through a lot lately, battling some consistency stuff. This break will be good for us. We’ll come back from it fresh. We’ll get back to our routine and back to building details and habits that we want to build and we’ll find positives out of tonight and what the team did.

NEXT GAME:

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
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET

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MARLIES 2 AT CLEVELAND 5. POSTGAME NOTES: “You get the timing back within a game like this. It’s a high level of hockey here still. There’s lots of skill on this team and lots of skill in the league, and you accomplish that by coming and playing here.” — JAKE MUZZIN.

TORONTO MARLIES (21-17-2-2 – 46 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (19-20-2-2 – 42 Points).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: T. Moore (1) (T. Liljegren, N. Petan), J. Bracco (4) PP (N. Petan, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/31)

Cleveland: D. Simpson (7) (C. Thurskauf, T. Fix-Wolanksy), D. Simpson (8) (Unassisted), T. Fix-Wolanksy (4) PP (K. Stenlund), P. Bittner (5) EN (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), D. Barach (4) EN (S. Matteau)
Goaltender: M. Kivlenieks (35/37)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Trevor Moore put the Marlies on the board at 3:54 of the first period. This was Moore’s first goal for the Marlies in two games this season.
  • Jeremy Bracco scored on the power play at 18:16 of the third period. This was Bracco’s first power play goal. He has 13 assists on the power play this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Liljegren has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games and has recorded a point (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games. This is Liljegren’s sixth multi-point game of the season.
  • Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 16 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced. He is now 11-6-1-1 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 37-33 edge in shots in all situations. Timothy Liljegren, Scott Pooley and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 10-9-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-0-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
  • 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 (105)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+6)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (60)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 8-11-2-2 (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 86-71. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (14) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-4-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-1-1) have combined to make 685 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-10-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-13-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-6-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 4-4-0-0 in Friday games and are 2-7-0-1 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games.
  • Mason Marchment has points (3-2-6) in three consecutive games.
  • Trevor Moore has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren left tonight’s game against Cleveland in the third period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 23: Returned forward Colt Conrad on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 23: Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to conditioning loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 20: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether he saw improvements in Toronto’s play tonight despite the loss:
I think for a lot of people you could say that results are needed, we’ve been working together through a lot as a group. There was a lot of good stuff in today’s game. Again we’ve been talking about the starts of our games, again today was not good enough. We lost the game in the first five, ten minutes. We’ll keep reiterating that but we can’t expect to come out that slow. The lack of intensity in the D-zone is a problem, it got better as the game went on but we’ve got to be able to manufacture that from the start.

On the lack of intensity in the defensive zone:
It’s a mindset. As soon as there’s a fifty-fifty puck, we’ve got to close, we’ve got to separate somebody. We can’t get beat off the walls and back to our net, we’re not protecting our net, we’re not boxing out, we’re not getting sticks and when there is a chance for us to be strong and win a battle along the wall, we’ve got to come up with those pucks. We just haven’t built a mindset in our D-zone to do that yet.

On whether defensive zone issues have impacted Toronto’s penalty kill:
Yes and no. It’s a little bit different. The concept’s the same. As soon as the pucks out of their hands and they’re not under full control, we’ve got to be able to close and outnumber somebody and win a battle and then exit. So in that sense, yes. There were moments in the game still where we do that but it’s not consistent enough. I thought the second half of the ice towards their net, we did a lot of good stuff. Some better o-zone than we’ve seen in the last games and we threatened the net a lot better.

DEFENCEMAN JAKE MUZZIN

“You get the timing back within a game like this. It’s a high level of hockey here still. There’s lots of skill on this team and lots of skill in the league, and you accomplish that by coming and playing here.”

NEXT GAME:

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
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET