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MARLIES 4, CLEVELAND 3 (OT): “They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.” –GREG MOORE.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

TORONTO MARLIES (27-22-3-2 – 59 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (24-26-4-2 – 54 Points)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Cleveland: T. Fix-Wolansky (10) (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), R. MacInnis (7) PP (T. Fix-Wolansky, A. Clendening), A. Clendening (7) PP (B. Troock, R. MacInnis)
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (27/31)

Toronto: M. Salomaki, (K. Rubins, T. Gaudet), M. Kapla (1) (T. Gaudet, M. Salomaki), T. Gaudet (3) PP (T. Kivihalme, T. MacMaster), T. MacMaster (11) (K. Agostino, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (14/17)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Miikka Salomaki opened the scoring at 3:48 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Kapla’s first period goal. This was his first game as Marlie. This was his third multipoint game of the season. Salomaki has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) through 42 games this season.
  • Michael Kapla scored 7:24 of the first period. This was Kapla’s first goal with the Marlies. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) nine games.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored on the power play at 3:30 of the second period. He earlier registered the secondary assist on Salomaki’s goal and the primary assist on Kapla’s goal, both in the first period. This was Gaudet’s first AHL career three-point game since Oct. 28, 2016. He has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored 23 seconds into overtime and earlierpicked up the secondary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. This was MacMaster’s third game-winning goal and his first overtime goal of the season.
  • Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Salomaki’s first period goal. Rubins has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) in 41 games this season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme had the primary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. Kivihalme has 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 48 games.
  • Kenny Agostino registered the primary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He leads the Marlies in points (23-18-41). He has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last eight games.
  • Mac Hollowell had the secondary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 14 of 17 shots he faced. Woll is now 10-12-3-2 on the season with a .885 save percentage and a 3.64 goals against average. Woll is 2-1 in overtime games this season.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto last won a game at home in overtime on February 15, 2020 against Belleville. Korshkov scored the game-winning goal in the 7-6 win.
  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 31-17 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto held Cleveland to two shots in the third period.
  • The Marlies are 13-13-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (23)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (41)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (131)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+17)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 12-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 6-5-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 9-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 3-4-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 5-6-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • No current point streaks

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
  • February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.

On special teams:
Yeah, chances were there. Their goaltender played well. Special teams are always a rollercoaster. You get streaky on and off and hopefully we can find an ‘on’ streak soon.

On the recent additions of forwards Matt Lorito and Miikka Salomaki:
Great additions to the team. Salomaki had great chemistry with Gaudet and Read. They spent the majority of their game in the offensive zone mostly because they worked hard. They moved their feet, they take away time and space, and then when they did get the puck they had good movement, they stayed in motion and they were predictable to play with. And then Lorito was great. Really good addition to the power play. He has a knack for making plays on the walls. He attacks downhill and we’re really excited to have him.

TYLER GAUDET (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On playing with Matt Read and Miikka Salomaki:
Salomaki came in and he had a great game. He gelled well with us. As you know, Read’s obviously a great player and he’s been hot lately so the three of us just kind of gelled and it worked out nicely.

On Tanner MacMaster:
He’s chippy and he’s fast and skilled. He’s been producing for us a lot and I’m just happy he got that in (the overtime goal) and it was a great play by Agostino as well. Good to finish it off that way.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

NEXT GAME:

February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 2 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CT
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET.

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