TORONTO MARLIES (17-12-2-1 – 37 Points) vs.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS (13-16-1-3 – 30 Points)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2022
GAME SUMMARY | GAME SHEET | PHOTOS | SCRUMS
Toronto: J. Kopacka (3) (B. Seney, J. Blandisi), M. Abramov (4) (F. Král, J. Kopacka)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (31/34) L
W-B/Scranton: V. Puustinen (13) (F. Robert, F. Hallander), A. Nylander (13) (V. Puustinen, J. Rikola), A. Nylander (14) PP (J. Riikola, V. Puustinen)
Goaltender: A. D’Orio (22/24)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Jack Kopacka opened the scoring at 9:46 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Abramov’s goal. This is Kopacka’s second multi-point game of the season.
- Mikhail Abramov scored at 15:44 of the first period. He has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 32 games this season.
- Brett Seney recorded the primary assist on Kopacka’s first period goal. He has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in his last eight games.
- Joseph Blandisi registered the secondary assist on Kopacka’s first period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Blandisi has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 10 games with the Marlies this season.
- Filip Král had the primary assist on Abramov’s first period goal. He is tied for fifth in assists (13) amongst all rookie defencemen.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced.
- The Marlies are 5-2 in overtime games this season.
- Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 5-5-1-1 when not scoring on the power play and 7-6-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had 34-24 edge in shots in all situations. Joseph Blandisi led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 13-8-2-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 5-4-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-1-0 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- Toronto is on a 10-game, 4,958 kilometre road trip and will face off against seven teams – Belleville Senators, Cleveland Monsters, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It will be Toronto’s first meeting of the season with four opponents (HER, HFD, GR, WBS). The Marlies return to Coca-Cola Coliseum on Feb. 5.
Scoring first 12-1-1-1
Leading after 1 9-1-2-1
Leading after 2 12-1-2-1
On the Road 8-7-1-0
1 Goal Game 7-2-2-1
*Amongst active players
Goals 12 (B. Seney)
Assists 22 (J. Duszak)
Points 26 (B. Seney)
PPG 5 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots 73 (A. Steeves)
+/- +10 (B. Seney)
PIMS 55 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
I thought throughout the entire game the effort was better. It was a good response from yesterday’s game. This team that we’re playing is really hard working. They don’t make it easy to gain inches of the ice and gain zones. It was a good start. Overall, a more consistent 60 minutes which is what we’ve been looking for. During that stretch of games where we had more success in the win column, this is more of what we looked like and how we were playing. It’s definitely not the result we want, especially having the lead but in terms of the effort and how we played, it was in a much better place.
On Michael Hutchinson:
He did a great job, especially against a team that’s a volume shooting team. He definitely kept us in there, gave us a chance to win the game. It’s really, really hard with the dynamic now of taxi squads and the COVID season to expect these guys to come in, not having played that long and also knowing tat they’d do anything for the organization given the position that they are in. Good on him for coming in today and putting in a good effort.
JOSEPH BLANDISI (1 ASSIST)
On tonight’s game:
We were upset coming into this one tonight. I think we came out pretty hard but it’s one of those games that we got to find a way to hold the lead. It’s on the veteran guys on the ice at the end of the game – myself included I’ve got to get the block there.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
January 24 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.
January 28 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
January 29 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
February 2 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.
February 3 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.