TORONTO MARLIES (30-22-3-1 – 64 Points) vs.
ROCHESTER AMERICANS (30-23-4-3 – 67 Points)
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022
Toronto: A. Steeves (18) (T. Kivihalme), B. McMann (18) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (26/28) W
Rochester: S. Malone (11) PP (O. Laaksonen, A. Ruotsalainen), S. Malone (12) (E. Prow, R. MacInnis)
Goaltender: U. Luukkonen (27/29) L
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Alex Steeves scored 30 seconds into the second period. He is tied for fifth overall amongst rookies in goals (18). Steeves has 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Bobby McMann scored unassisted at 3:51 of the third period. He has five goals through his last four games.
- Teemu Kivihalme had the lone assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He has two assists in 16 games this season.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced. This was his second win in a shootout this season.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Joey Anderson – Goal (2021-22: 3/3)
- Nick Robertson – Goal (2021-22: 0/1)
- This was Michael Hutchinson’s 100th career AHL win. He is 100-62-12-15 over 10 seasons, playing for Toronto, Springfield, Manitoba, St. John’s and Providence. Through his career, he has a 0.919 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average.
- This was Joey Anderson’s first winning goal in a shootout this season. He has scored in each of his shootout attempts.
- Toronto went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 8-12-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 15-7-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Toronto had a 30-28 edge in shots in all situations. Bobby McMann led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 11-4-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
- The Marlies are 17-12-2-1 against North Division opponents and finish the regular season 4-2-0-0 against the Americans. Toronto outscored Rochester 22-17 through six games.
Not scoring first 8-15-2-0
Trailing after 1 7-14-1-0
Trailing after 2 3-15-1-0
On the road 18-14-10-1
|MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players|
Goals 21 (J. Anderson)
Assists 36 (J. Duszak)
Points 46 (B. Seney)
PPG 7 (J. Anderson)
Shots 135 (A. Steeves)
+/- +16 (B. Seney)
PIMS 89 (R. Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On what he liked in tonight’s game:
The commitment and the buy-in. Everybody played pretty well. Hutchinson had a great game for us, made some really huge saves five-on-five and then the shootout there, his patience to shut the door on them. A lot of good efforts from a lot of guys.
On the importance of forwards Alex Steeves and Bobby McMann’s performance:
They’ve meant a lot to our team. They are a big part of it. Both of them are in a lot of situation whether it’s power play, penalty kill, five-on-five, we lean on them for a lot of things. The timeliness of them stepping up in big games like this has been something that has set them apart.
On heading into the last month of the season:
Just the preparedness for us to know how we need to play and prepare ourselves for hopefully the playoffs. It’s starting to feel like that anyways. This was a game where you could tell every shift was so important, every play was a big play no matter how big or small it was. It’s going feel like that the rest of the way. Regardless if it’s a divisional opponent or not, the points matter and everyone can start to feel it. You get to this time of year and teams are tighter and not giving up as many offensive chances and making less mistakes. Just our team’s consistency and patience to sticking to our plan and being confident in what we’re doing.
MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (100th CAREER AHL WIN)
On the team’s defence:
We had a really good defensive effort tonight. After their second goal, we really bared down. Players were blocking shots, picking up sticks and doing the little things as far as getting the puck out and battling. Myers was a great addition. He was all over the place tonight and really brought the energy for us too. If we play the way we did from the second goal on, we’re going to win a lot of games down the stretch.
On his 100th AHL win:
It’s cool. I didn’t even know I was anywhere close to that. I couldn’t tell you how many games I played or anything like that. I don’t follow my own career that closely … There’s not many players who are able to stick around long enough to reach those types of milestones … It’s nice to get that right now and I’m sure at some point after my career, I’ll look back on it, pretty special.
BOBBY McMANN (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s game:
Obviously really proud of the guys that played tonight and the group we’ve got because they went up early and we didn’t quit, we stuck with it. Didn’t give them much for the rest of the game and chipped away and were able to squeak one out in the shootout.
*All times Eastern Standard Time
March 26 vs. Bridgeport – 4:00 p.m.
March 29 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
March 30 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
April 1 at Manitoba – 7:00 p.m. (MT)
April 3 at Manitoba – 2:00 p.m. (MT)