CHARLOTTE 4, MARLIES 3: "This team is still fighting to find that consistent play and we had to have known and we talked about the response they were going to have after yesterday and the first period was a little lethargic. But some games in the past after getting down the team had a hard time coming back and generating. Today is a good sign of them moving in the right direction and they competed, they found their way back into the game and they gave themselves a chance to win." GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (22-18-3-2 – 49 Points) vs. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (25-17-3-0 – 53 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Charlotte: O. Kaski (8) PP (J. Bean, M. Geekie), C. Bishop (4) (T. Broadhurst, G. Forsling), M. Geekie (15) (J. Kuokkanen, J. Bean), J. Gauthier (22) SH (Unassisted)
Goaltender: A. Nedeljkovic (31/34)

Toronto: T. Liljegren (5) PP (A. Brooks, J. Bracco), H. Elynuik (3) (B. Harpur, T. Liljegren), G. Wilson (8) (J. Schmaltz, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: J. Woll (6/8), K. Kaskisuo (17/19)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Timothy Liljegren scored on the power play at 14:09 of the second period to put the Marlies on the board. He added the secondary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. Liljegren has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in his last 13 games.
  • Hudson Elynuik scored at 5:52 of the third period. Elynuik has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) through 37 games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson scored at 9:08 of the third period. This was his 400th career AHL game. Wilson has 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) through 38 games this season.
  • Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Liljegren’s second period power play goal. Brooks has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 24 games with the Marlies.
  • Jeremy Bracco registered the secondary assist on Liljegren’s second period power play goal. Bracco is fifth in the League in assists (30).
  • Ben Harpur collected the primary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. He has three points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. Harpur has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) through 31 games this season.
  • Jordan Schmaltz picked up the primary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Schmaltz has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) through 32 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster had the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. MacMaster has recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through three straight games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 6 of 8 shots he faced in 19:19 of action. Woll is now has a .885 save percentage and a 3.71 goals against average. Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief of Woll. He is now 12-7-2-1 on the season and has a .912 Save Percentage and a 2.67 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 34-27 edge in shots in all situations. Jordan Schmaltz led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-3-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish their regular season series 1-2-0-1 against the Charlotte Checkers.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (35)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (115)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Toronto’s home record is 14-7-0-0 (28 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
  • The Marlies have outscored their opponents 75-56. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (7-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (4-4-0-0) have combined to make 474 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-11-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-14-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-7-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 0-1-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Ben Harpur has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 31: Returned defenceman Kevin Gravel on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 31: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • January 30: Released forward Giovanni Fiore from PTO

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On Toronto’s third period:
Yeah, we saw the ceiling of what our team was. We controlled the period. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity or time or space for them to make plays. A lot of good signs. Not the start we want, got better as the game went on. We started to find that the third period was what we want to see consistently. This team is still fighting to find that consistent play and we had to have known and we talked about the response they were going to have after yesterday and the first period was a little lethargic. But some games in the past after getting down the team had a hard time coming back and generating. Today is a good sign of them moving in the right direction and they competed, they found their way back into the game and they gave themselves a chance to win.

On Kasimir Kaskisuo replacing Joseph Woll:
Just didn’t really like how the couple goals went in. Kaskisuo gave us a great game yesterday. We’re trying to build some momentum for the team and wanted to put him in there to stabilize things for our group.

On Timothy Liljegren (1 goal, 1 assist):
He might have been our best player on the ice tonight. He generates a lot. His skating and his ability to get pucks back transitions the game. He’s an elite player who’s starting to find his way and he has been for some time but tonight he definitely showcased that.

NEXT GAME

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
February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET


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