LAVAL ROCKET (22-15-3-0 – 47 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (23-14-3-1 – 50 Points)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022
Laval: T. Dello (3) (S. Niku), R. Harvey-Pinard (8) (J. Dea, J. Ylonen), X. Ouellet (5) (Unassisted), A. Fortin (4) (S. St. Amant, T. Paquette-Bisson), J. Teasdale (3) (R. Harvey-Pindard), R. Harvey-Pinard (9) SH, EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: C. Primeau (30/34) W
Toronto: K. Clifford (3) (A. Steeves), J. Kopacka (5) (C. Douglas, A. Biega), A. Steeves (15) PP (B. Seney, J. Duszak), M. Hollowell (4) (A. Steeves, N. Robertson)
Goaltender: J. Woll (30/35) L
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kyle Clifford put the Marlies on the board at 12:46 of the first period. He has goals (2) in consecutive games.
- Jack Kopacka scored at 14:41 of the first period. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. Kopacka has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 32 games with the Marlies.
- Alex Steeves scored on the power play at 2:52 of the third period. He also registered the lone assist on Clifford’s first period goal and the primary assist on Hollowell’s third period goal. He has points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games. This was his first career three-point game.
- Mac Hollowell scored at 12:40 of the third period. He has points (2-3-5) in five of his last six games.
- Curtis Douglas recorded the primary assist on Clifford’s first period goal. He has assists (3) in consecutive games. Douglas has 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games this season.
- Alex Biega had the secondary assist on Kopacka’s first period goal. This was his 100th career AHL assist.
- Brett Seney had the primary assist on Steeves’ third period power play goal. He has assists (3) in consecutive games. Seney has 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 36 games with the Marlies.
- Joseph Duszak picked up the secondary assist on Steeves’ third period power play goal. He has points (2-4-6) in his last six games.
- Nick Robertson recorded the secondary assist on Hollowell’s third period goal. He has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in nine games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 30 of 35 shots he faced. This was his first game since January 15 against Hershey.
- Toronto has recorded four more goals in 25 games (20-2-2-1) this season.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play. Toronto is 17-9-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 11-7-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Laval had a 36-34 edge in shots in all situations. Brett Seney and Alex Steeves led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 15-10-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 13-9-2-1 against North Division opponents and 1-3-0-1 against the Rocket. Toronto has been outscored by Laval 24-16 through five games.
Not scoring first 6-13-2-0
Trailing after 1 6-11-1-0
Trailing after 2 2-11-1-0
At home 12-6-2-1
*Amongst active players
Goals 17 (J. Anderson)
Assists 27 (J. Duszak)
Points 38 (B. Seney)
PPG 6 (J. Anderson)
Shots 99 (B. Seney)
+/- +12 (B. Seney)
PIMS 57 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the final Laval goal:
Coming back in the d-zone, we just need a better sorts and structure. In chaos moments like that, the energy or feel of the game is heightened. The experience and maturity of staying calm, seeing the game clearly, knowing our responsibilities. We just needed a better job of coming back and finding our spots there.
On Alex Steeves:
He’s done a great job (adjusting to professional hockey). Sometimes it’s not easy to be a first-year pro, especially from college when you’re playing two games on the weekends. He’s feeling the length of a pro season, the amount of games that we play. We have a big month coming up with a lot of games. Just the day-to-day management of your routine, your habits and taking care of your body, the recovery process. He’s handled it well, not just himself but a lot of our guys. Through January we had a big stretch of games, whether it was the COVID break or different things happening, we got through that tough stretch and now we’re in a little bit of a better place.
On Joseph Woll’s first game returning from injury:
Good. It was a tough one. They did a really good job at setting up the o-zone and just relying on point shots. It’s never easy for a goalie. I think most coaches in the game of hockey say get to the eyes of the goalie and be the screen. They made it really hard on us today, but he fought through a lot and made some good saves.
ALEX STEEVES (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)
On Laval’s final goal:
We just got the shot blocked as we’re trying to get pucks to the net. Before the timeout, we got a really good look, a look that we wanted and the goalie made a really nice save and that’s kind of how it goes. The goalie makes a big save at a big time and we weren’t able to tie it up, so definitely frustrated but we had some good looks at the end. It’s tough being on the power play with the net empty. It’s kind of a high risk, high reward and they had a great block and they were able to get it in. It’s frustrating but I think we were getting some chances there and we just got the short end of the stick.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
February 26 at Rochester – 2:35 p.m.
February 27 vs. Rochester – 4:00 p.m.
March 2 vs. Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m.
March 5 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.
March 6 at Cleveland – 12:00 p.m.