MARLIES 4, ROCHESTER 0: "You could tell the energy in the locker room. The guys were excited to play tonight, they can feel the momentum they’re starting to gain in games. Even though the results haven’t been there, they’re very proud of the work they’ve put in. The start was great. It was a good opportunity for us to come out and gain some momentum." — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (23-20-3-2 – 51 Points) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (27-15-2-4 – 60 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Rochester: No goals
Goaltender: A. Hammond (21/23)

Toronto: M. Marchment (9) (N. Petan, T. Kivihalme), M. Marchment (10) PP (K. Agostino, J. Duszak), M. Read (6) EN (G. Wilson), J. Duszak (2) EN (T. Gaudet, K. Gravel)
Goaltender: J. Woll (38/38)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Mason Marchment opened the scoring at 52 seconds in the first period and on the power play at 19:21 of the second period. He has five goals through his last two games and is the first Marlie to score five consecutive goals. Marchment has 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) through 21 games.
  • Matt Read scored on the empty net at 16:02 of the third period. Read has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 34 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak scored on the empty net at 19:06 of the third period and earlierhad the secondary assist on Marchment’s second period goal. Duszak has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) through 10 games with the Marlies and has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. He has four assists through two games. Petan has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 22 games with the Marlies.
  • Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Kivihalme has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) through 42 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino picked up the primary assist on Marchment’s second period goal. He was selected as third star. Agostino has 35 points (21 goals, 14 assists) in 39 games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson had the lone assist on Read’s third period goal. Wilson has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 40 games.
  • Tyler Gaudet recorded the primary assist on Duszak’s third period goal.
  • Kevin Gravel registered the secondary assist on Duszak’s third period goal. This is Gravel’s first point with the Marlies and his first game since November 9 due to illness.
  • Joseph Woll stopped all 38 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Woll is now 8-11-2-1 on the season with a .890 save percentage and a 3.53 goals against average. Woll was selected as first star of the game.

OF NOTE…

  • Kenny Agostino was awarded a penalty shot at 12:24 of the second period which was stopped by Rochester. Toronto was awarded a penalty shot in consecutive games (Baptiste, Feb. 7 at Belleville).
  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
  • Rochester had a 38-25 edge in shots in all situations. Mason Marchment led the Marlies with seven shots on goal for the second consecutive game.
  • The Marlies are 11-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-1-0-0 against the Rochester Americans.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (36)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (120)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Toronto’s home record is 15-8-0-0 (30 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 80-60. 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 (5-5-0-0) have combined to make 535 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 17-5-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 10-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 15-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 16-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 9-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 1-3-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Joseph Duszak has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Mason Marchment has goals (5) in consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has assists (4) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

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

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 5: Returned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 4: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 4: Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 3: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s start with Marchment scoring 52 seconds into the game:
Yeah, that’s something that we had struggled with in the stretch here. You could tell the energy in the locker room. The guys were excited to play tonight, they can feel the momentum they’re starting to gain in games. Even though the results haven’t been there, they’re very proud of the work they’ve put in. The start was great. It was a good opportunity for us to come out and gain some momentum.

On what he likes about Nic Petan’s line with Kenny Agostino and Mason Marchment:
Just their compete level. They seemed to build some chemistry. Marchment builds a lot of time and space for guys. He gets under the skin of the opponent and that opens up time and space for Kenny and Petey to make plays and I think there’s a good combination of skill there.

On the shutout helping Joseph Woll’s confidence going forward:
Huge. He came up big tonight. You could just tell his body language was really calm, he was assertive, he was tracking the puck really well. It was a solid game for him.

On Adam Brooks not dressing and Nic Petan leaving the game:
We’ll see. No real status or timeline on either of them. Nothing major but we definitely miss those guys if they’re not in our lineup, they’re big players. But we’ll see in the future.

On Kevin Gravel’s play today (first game since Nov. 9):
I was really surprised. That was my first opportunity to even watch him play in a game. It’s been a long road, we’re really proud of the work he’s put in. He’s a great person. For the team to get a win, for him to play the way he did, to get the minutes he did, is a really fun story to see and we’re really proud of him.

KEVIN GRAVEL (1 ASSIST)

On his first game since Nov. 9:
It was good. It was good to get back out there. It was another game of the year for a lot of guys but for me, it kind of meant a little more. Kind of in an unknown position there for a while in terms of health so you don’t really know what’s going to happen. It felt good to be out there and then to contribute to the team and be back on the ice to play a game again.

On not playing through a difficult stretch of games for the Marlies:
Yeah it’s hard to watch. Obviously you want to be there for the guys and you want to be able to work through that with them and help the guys out. You’re close as a team and you go through the good times together and you go through the bad times together. You can ask anyone, they don’t like watching, whether it’s one game or three months. It’s always tough to be on the sidelines. It was good to get back, it was good to be on the ice again.

On Joseph Woll’s performance:
It was really good, really good. Especially the first period there, they had close to I think 20 shots on goal in the first. Kind of bought us a little bit of time there and let us get a chance to get our feet underneath us. We got the lead there and he made a couple of ten-bell saves for us on the PP and the PK as well. He was great for us. It’s good to be able to shut the door for him and get him that shutout and have his back there too.

JOSEPH WOLL (SECOND CAREER SHUTOUT, 38 SAVES)

On the significance of today’s shutout:
I think it was big for me but I think it was really huge for the team. I think we’ve been on a little bit of a downward spiral lately so I think a big win like that against a good team is something we can really build on.

On how he has stayed focused through difficult games:
I think the biggest thing is keeping with your routine. I think it’s easy to start changing a lot of things when you’re going through some adversity but for me and for the team it’s just been come in every day and keep getting better and sticking with it.

On Mason Marchment:
He’s been awesome. He’s one of those players that you love to have on your team and probably hate to play against so he can do it all really. He’s scoring a lot of big goals for us, he’s creating some havoc around the net. I love to see it.

NEXT GAME:

February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET

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