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TORONTO MARLIES (1-2-0-0 – 2 Points) vs.
ROCHESTER AMERICANS (2-1-0-0 – 4 Points)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021
1 2 3 OT FINAL
ROCHESTER 4 1 2 – 7
TORONTO 2 1 0 – 3
Rochester: J. Quinn (3) (J. Peterka, J. Schuldt), B. Warren (1) (Unassisted), R. MacInnis (1) (M. Pekar, M. Mersch), J.
Quinn (4) (J. Peterka, B. Davidson), L. Weissbach (1) (M. Jankowski, J. Teves), M. Mersch (1) (M. Jankowski), L.
Weissbach (2) (M. Mersch, M. Jankowski)
Goaltender: A. Dell (27/30)
Toronto: B. Seney (3) (J. Anderson, F. Král), B. Seney (4) (J. Kopacka), K. Semyonov (1) (M. Hellickson, C. Douglas)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (3/7) L, A. D’Agostini (18/21)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Brett Seney scored at 5:28 and 18:25 of the first period. Seney has four goals through three games this season with
the Marlies. He is tied for the AHL lead in goals.
- Kirill Semyonov scored at 15:39 of the second period. This was his first career AHL goal. He collected three assists
in Toronto’s home opener on Oct. 16 against Manitoba.
- Joey Anderson recorded the primary assist on Seney’s first goal of the opening period. Anderson has two points
(one goal, one assist) through three games.
- Filip Král registered the secondary assist on Seney’s first goal of the opening period. This was Král’s first career AHL
- Jack Kopacka picked up the lone assist on Seney’s second goal of the first period.
- Matt Hellickson collected the primary assist on Semyonov’s second period goal. This was his first career AHL point
in his AHL debut.
- Curtis Douglas recorded the secondary assist on Semyonov’s second period goal. This was his first career AHL
- Erik Källgren stopped three of seven shots he faced in 13:06 of action. He is now 1-2-0-0 on the season with a 0.870
save percentage and a 4.51 goals against average. Andrew D’Agostini stopped 18 of 21 shots he faced in relief of
- Toronto went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play.
- Toronto had a 30-28 edge in shots in all situations. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Filip Král and Brett Seney led the
Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 0-1-0-0 against North Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Rochester Americans.
Trailing after 1 0-2-0-0
Trailing after 2 0-2-0-0
Did not score a power play goal 0-2-0-0
Did not allow a power play goal 1-1-0-0
Outshoot opponent 0-1-0-0
Goals 4 (B. Seney)
Assists 3 (K. Semyonov)
Points 3 (K. Semyonov, B. Seney)
PPG 1 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 11 (B. Seney)
+/-: +1 (Multiple players)
PIMS 6 (C. Douglas, J. Duszak)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On today’s game:
To start the game, some good life, some good jump. The guys did a good job sticking to the game plan early. We
generated some good scoring chances; we had a lot of momentum going. A couple of unfortunate bounces. The real
positive takeaway early in the game was even with the goals against, the bench stayed positive. Their process today was
much better than it was even last weekend early on in the game and even in the second, we found a way to generate
momentum, start fighting back. The early goal in the third, you can tell the bench deflated a little bit. It’s tough looking at
these games. You look at the final result and it’s definitely not good enough and not a result that we want to have. If we’re
comparing last weekend and how we came out for the first half of this game, there was much improved gameplay for our
team. So, we’re going to stick to some of the positives here at the beginning. Tomorrow is another big opportunity for us,
and you could tell this one stings. These two last losses were big, and we need to make sure that when we’re coming to
play and we’re generating offence, there’s got to be more structure to our offence. It’s a little loose right now and we’re
going to tighten it up and make sure that we’re putting ourselves in a good spot offensively and defensively, not just
On Brett Seney’s performance through three games:
Really impressive. His work ethic, the way he thinks the game. For someone his size even at this level, he doesn’t just
rely on soft skill. He works hard, he helps get pucks back, he puck pressures. It’s just easy to read off of him. He’s just
doing everything the right way and he gets rewarded for it, for playing the right way.
- October 18: Recalled forward Jeremy McKenna from loan to Newfoundland (ECL)
- October 18: Goaltender Joseph Woll loaned from Toronto (NHL)
- October 17: Recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- October 15: Signed goaltender Andrew D’Agostini to a PTO.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
October 24 vs. Cleveland – 4:00 p.m.
October 27 at Laval – 7:30 p.m.
October 29 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
October 30 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
November 5 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.
TORONTO FC (1) – CF MONTRÉAL (1) POST GAME SUMMARY
MTL – Sunusi Ibrahim 55’
TOR – Jozy Altidore 90+5’
TOR – Patrick Mullins 6’ (caution)
TOR – Noble Okello 54’ (caution)
TOR – Jonathan Osorio 58’ (caution)
MTL – Emanuel Maciel 58’ (caution)
TOR – Jacob Shaffelburg 64’ (caution)
Toronto FC 6-17-8 26 points
CF Montréal 11-10-10 43 points
TORONTO FC – Quentin Westberg; Auro Jr., Michael Bradley (C), Chris Mavinga, Richie Laryea; Mark Delgado, Noble Okello, Jonathan Osorio; Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (Jozy Altidore 66’), Patrick Mullins (Alejandro Pozuelo HT), Jacob Shaffelburg (Jayden Nelson 85’)
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Bono, Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta, Julian Dunn, Nick DeLeon, Jordan Perruzza
CF MONTRÉAL – James Pantemis; Joel Waterman, Rudy Camacho, Kamal Miller; Zachary Brault-Guillard (Zorhan Bassong 85’), Emanuel Maciel (Ahmed Hamdi 66’), Samuel Piette (C), Mathieu Choinière; Joaquín Torres (Bjørn Johnsen 89’), Djordje Mihailovic, Sunusi Ibrahim (Matko Miljevic 84’)
Substitutes Not Used: Sebastian Breza, Mustafa Kizza, Aljaž Struna, Ballou Tabla, Rida Zouhir
JAVIER PÉREZ – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC
Q. Your team really came on strong in the second half. Do you feel this is a game where you finally — your team finally got what it deserved?
I think we deserved more. I think the numbers say that we deserved more, and it’s a little bit unbelievable that we were 10 seconds away from going empty-handed. We crossed the ball 19 times against five from them. We got more possessions. We got the expected goal higher than them. Everything was on our side except one thing, which is the scoreboard. So I think in the end, we are happy with that point. I think the team looks like a team, and I think — I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I’m every day with the players and I’m every day with the guys and I know how hard they are working, how they are trying to get out of this situation, and it’s very difficult, but I think tonight, that extra effort that it was needed, they put it — they put them — they put it on the field, the energy, and in the end, we got a point, I think well deserved.
Q. I think it was earlier this week, you were asked about the team’s lack of finishing in front of goal and you didn’t really have any sort of definitive answers. I wonder if today, was it just a matter of just on Pantemis was playing really well and you ran into a hard goalkeeper before Jozy scored with a free kick late in the game?
No, I think — I still struggle to find answers because we have the opportunities. Again, the statistics, they showed up, goal expected is 2.7, visitors 1.8. I think we have enough opportunities to be ahead in the scoreboard, but we were not.
Obviously it’s no question, right. When I say is no — I don’t have answers; I do have answers. We are not a team that is really built to capitalize or have players that they score a lot of goals, and when we look at the goals that we scored this season, it’s very well spread out with our players. I mention already that in our previous press conference with maybe also the top scorer, but we have a lot of players with three goals. That means with we don’t really have goal scorers. We have a team that collectively we enjoy playing and we have the possession, we are a possession-based team but we don’t have players that they can capitalize with a lot of goals. That’s the answer, really, to the question.
But I think — I think we have the ability to move the ball quick. We have the ability to have the control of the game. And I think this is an appealing part of the game, too. I would like to have more players, they can find double-digits scoring goals. That would be helpful for the team. I think the way we have to go is finding that collective effort to score goals — goal-scoring opportunities, and again, I think to know we have the chances. We just struggled to capitalize.
Q. Just listening to you, it sounds like you’re disappointed by this point. Would that be fair to say that you’re a little bit disappointed by this result and that you’re not coming way with more here?
No, I’m not disappointed. I think it would be ungrateful to be disappointed, because we didn’t have any points all the way up till the 90-minute plus, almost four, right. I think we have to be very grateful that we got a point out of this game. We were very close to be empty-handed. So the only thing I’m saying is that we did all the right things to — and we were the better team statistically to get away with three points.
Somehow we didn’t capitalize, we don’t score the goals. But I think it would be unfair to be unhappy or to be — I think it would be being ungrateful for that point that I think tonight, it was well-deserved because the players, they gave everything and they played really well.
Q. We haven’t seen Michael Bradley play at center back a whole lot. I asked you a question earlier this week about the back three last match, it’s very much the same here with Michael. Was this a necessity they played at center back or was that something you wanted to try out?
It was both things. It was a necessity, and it was something that I had in mind. I think that proves that when Michael needs to step up for the team, does it, and tonight he showed up again. He came up big doing a great job as a center back.
I think that’s an example right there for the rest of the team and for everybody else. He inspires us in a way that he played tonight, and he embraced the role.
Q. In the past you’ve talked about how hard Jozy has worked in training to get back. Tonight we got the pay off and we got to see Jozy the way we used to see him, causing havoc, creating scoring chances and then delivering the final blow. Can you just talk a little bit about his performance and his fight really to get back on the pitch given everything that’s happened to him this year?
Yes, I think I mentioned already that every time I was even coming here to the stadium, seeing him in the training facility, working by himself, it’s difficult for me because I know how emotional and how much he wants to succeed and to help the club.
But at the same time, when I come here to the games and I see that he’s working really hard, and tonight, I think it was paying off for him. I think it was really a relief. It was a great relief to see that finally he can come, help the team, being part of the group. I think it paid off all the effort that he made.
Now we have to keep building up on that. I think his quality is undeniable. His quality is right there, and I think he can be the player that he was before. Again, I think it’s been a really difficult year for him, being out with a lot of rhythm that has been cut out of his training or his games. When I first was in charge, I thought he was going to come back. Then he got the injury, and he’s been out for a long time.
So hopefully now, the team that it starts to look like a team, we can fight together for this last stretch of the season, and we can get a title and we can add up some points in the table.
JOZY ALTIDORE – FORWARD, TORONTO FC
Q. It’s been a long, difficult season for both you and the team. I’m just wondering, how good did that goal feel tonight?
It felt great to score again. Especially against Montréal, who is always an added bonus with the rivalry. So it was great to see the people that came out tonight behind the goal, to see them out there even with the season we had, knowing obviously it’s an important game, that was special. To have that moment with them and just talk with them a bit, and manage to come out with a result tonight, not many positives, but it was a positive.
Q. Can you just sort of break down the goal a little bit? Pantemis came up with some pretty big saves on you. Was he cheating off his line? How did you bend it over the free kick? Can you give us some insight?
No, I just tried to hit the target. It was a good distance to go around the wall or up and over the wall. I just figured I’d try to go around that. Haven’t tried that in a while, so said, let me try to go around with a little bit of power and caught him by surprise. I’m happy it worked out, and like I said, I’m happy we were able to get a result, a somewhat positive result.
Q. Obviously you’re happy to get the goal. How happy does it make you to maybe put a serious dent in their playoff aspirations?
Oh, that was obviously a plus. You know, we don’t have much to play for with the season winding down aside from the Canadian championship, so obviously we are aware that they are pushing for a playoff spot. You want to be respectful to everybody else who are competing and trying to make the playoffs. Obviously whether it was Montréal, doesn’t matter who it was, we were going to try to give our best, especially at home but obviously it feels a bit sweeter when you slow Montréal down a bit. That never gets old.
Q. I know you’re a big supporter of a lot of the young guys on this team, and what have your thoughts been on seeing guys like Jahkeele and Noble and Jayden all getting chances?
Yeah, I’m very happy. It’s something to be said because, you know, Jahkeele, when I came here, I used to see him at some of the camps. He was a little guy, and to see him now getting meaningful minutes, to see him locked in improving every day, it brings me so much joy because a lot of these guys were is he very young when I arrived, and to see them making a difference and playing important minutes, it’s just as rewarding as winning a trophy.
To see Noble today in a different role in a tough game, I thought he was fantastic. Never looked phased. Was in control throughout the 90 minutes and then Jacob, we all know he’s been great throughout this season, and Jahkeele now emerging. We have some very, very good young players that have to continue working, but the talent is there. To see Jayden Nelson come on and be full of energy, pushing the game, trying to help us get that goal, like I tell you, it means so much because we spent a lot of time with these guys over the years, and to see them now playing and getting important minutes, it means the world. Hopefully it’s something to build on and they can keep improving as the season goes on and into next season.
Q. You guys launched wave after wave of attack the last few minutes. Was there any sense at all that the goal might come as long as you kept playing hard?
Yeah, I mean, myself, I think I got robbed the first one. I didn’t — I was surprised as how open I was and he made a good point-blank save, and I just wasn’t — I don’t have that game sharpness, normally a couple of chances, even the second one I should just pass in the goal.
I think it’s kind of the story of the season. We’ve never quite lifted off fully as a group. You know, certain guys in, certain guys out. It’s been the story of our year.
But the quality is there, and I think you saw that, and to be able to repeat attacks like you said. Look, we have to take the positives away, and we put a team, a good team that’s fighting for the playoffs on the road.
Q. It’s been a hectic schedule recently and the club has been cautious with you and the other players in terms of minutes, bringing you on off the bench. You talked about game sharpness just now. How do you feel in terms of your game and your fitness at this stage?
To be honest, I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time. You know, I kind of paid the price playing with some injuries, with some broken bones here and there. Eventually, they catch up to you, but to be able to have the surgery and my foot is starting to feel much much better, just to be able to run and not feel pain is a huge boon. So I’m excited about that and I’m taking it day-by-day, but I feel so much better now finally, and I just want to play.
I just want to play. I missed the game. I’m just disappointed about how this year has gone, and you know, I’ll be the first guy to tell you it’s disappointing. But nobody is running away from anything. We take all the criticism on the chin and rightly so, but you know, there’s more here. I’m a firm believer in that. People will come up with their pitchforks but that’s part of the business. I just feel better, man. Like I told you, to run and move around without pain, it just feels amazing, because it’s been awhile. I’m just very, very happy and I just thank God for that.
-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
Q: Sheldon, you can’t be happy, what are your thoughts after that game?
“I have a lot of thoughts obviously. Not many good ones. I thought that after the first little segment in the first period we found our game and I thought we were going really well. I thought we started the second period, the first couple of shifts, really well. Offence in our zone, we were moving around a little
bit, we had some chances, and then had a turnover in the offensive zone and didn’t have structure coming back. Ends up in our net and before we’re gathered it’s in our net again and it’s 3-1. It got away on us. It got away on us there and then obviously there’s a lot of things to not be happy about from that
point on but tough game to assess in a lot of ways because I thought we were going pretty well there for a good chunk of time and then two pucks are in our net in a hurry and the game really changed from there. I didn’t like how we managed it from that point on. It’s tough playing from behind, we’ve been
doing it too much here lately and this one got away from us. We give Pittsburgh full marks, they were fast and competitive all through the game. They don’t make it easy on you. So at times when we were careless with the puck they made us pay for it and it was pretty consistent all the way through.”
JOHN TAVARES (5 SHOTS)
Q: What’s the concern level for yourself, and Auston and Mitch, that it’s not really going here with goals?
“Well, when you give up – what was it? – 12 in two games, we could have scored four or five but it wouldn’t have mattered so first we have to take care of the areas defensively. I think the type of players
we are and the skillsets we have, you just continue to work at it and do the right things, play a strong game and trust and believe in yourself. I think history will tell us that eventually you’re going to break through and find a way. You’ve just got to continue to stay with it and work at your game and find ways
to help the team in all areas.”
Q: Was there something with the chemistry that’s perhaps not working? There were a lot of passes
that just weren’t connecting.
“I think we’ve had opportunities through all six games so far this year. Certainly there’s been times the
puck hasn’t gone in. At times, we probably haven’t been as clean on plays but when you see some of the
goals that are being scored, there’s a lot of goals just going off people and in right now. We’ve just got to
continue to stay with it. Spezza’s group has scored some goals on second efforts and second and third
opportunities and just staying on pucks and hounding it. That’s what you’ve got to continue to do when
things aren’t coming as easy or not going in the way you’d like it to. It’s a long season and we’ve just got
to keep our foot on the gas and take care of our overall game and eventually that’ll come.”
MITCH MARNER (20:18 TOI)
Q: How concerned are you after tonight’s result?
“I don’t think we can be concerned. We’re still early in the season. Obviously, it’s not what we wanted but day off tomorrow in Carolina. Fresh page. Just make sure we go over what we did wrong tonight. We know a lot of the things we did wrong. We’ve got to make sure we’re covering each other, helping each
other out. We didn’t do a very good job of that tonight so we’ve just got to make sure we get ready for Carolina. It’s obviously a good team over there. We’ve got to make sure we bounce back
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-1 – 5 Points) at
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (3-0-2 – 8 Points)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 0 0 1
PITTSBURGH 1 4 2 7
- Jason Spezza scored at 12:44 of the first period for the Maple Leafs. Spezza has scored in back-to-back games and leads Toronto with three goals on the season.
- Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Engvall has notched an assist in backto-back games, the first time in his NHL career to do so.
- Wayne Simmonds posted the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Simmonds has recorded an assist in back-to-back games.
- Jack Campbell stopped 16-of-21 shots through two periods.
- Michael Hutchinson relieved Campbell to start the third period and stopped 10-of-12 shots he faced.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
PITTSBURGH 10 (9) 11 (8) 12 (8) 33 (26)
TORONTO 16 (11) 10 (7) 3 (3) 29 (21)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
PITTSBURGH 18 (15) 16 (11) 15 (11) 49 (37)
TORONTO 29 (21) 20 (15) 11 (9) 60 (45)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 0-2-0 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 84-81-17-7 in 189 games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and 37-49-6-4
in 96 games played in Pittsburgh.
- Toronto is 2-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 0-1-1 against the Metropolitan
Division this season.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 6 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts 10 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins 7 (Kämpf)
Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits 3 (Sandin, Bunting)
Blocked Shots 3 (Muzzin)
Takeaways 1 (Holl, Kaše, Matthews, Sandin, Rielly, Brodie, Nylander)
TOI 22:59 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 2:35 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI 5:40 (Kämpf)
Shifts 28 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 78.57% (Matthews – 22 for, 6 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Toronto is 1-3-1 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 1-2-0 when tied after one period and 0-3-0 when trailing after two periods.
- Toronto is 1-1-0 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 1-1-0 in Saturday games and 0-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
- Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 23 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Muzzin finished the game
with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 65.71% (23 for, 12 against).
- Jack Campbell, Timothy Liljegren, Michael Bunting appeared in their first career NHL game against
- Sandin registered three hits during the game, tying his second-best single-game high.
Oct. 25 Leafs at Carolina PNC Arena 7:00 pm ET
Oct. 27 Leafs at Chicago United Center 7:30 pm ET
Oct. 30 Leafs vs. Detroit Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Nov. 2 Leafs vs. Vegas Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Nov. 4 Leafs vs. Tampa Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Nov. 6 Leafs vs. Boston Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET