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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Binghamton: J. Boqvist (5) (K. Cumiskey, D. Mermis), B. Seney (18) PP (N. Bastian, J. Boqvist), J. Melichiori (4) PP (D. Mermis, M. Maltsev), M. Studenic (5) (F. Zetterlund, N. Schnarr), E. Sharangovich (6) EN (M. Studenic, R. Schmelzer)
Goaltender: C. Schneider (31/33)
Toronto: P. Aberg (17) PP (T. MacMaster, J. Duszak), K. Agostino (23) (P. Aberg, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (35/39)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg put the Marlies on the board at 11:11 in the first period and later added the primary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. This was his fifth power play goal of the season. Aberg has 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) through 45 games.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 42 seconds into the second period. He has points (2-4-6) in five consecutive games. Agostino has 40 points (23 goals, 17 assists) in 43 games this season.
- Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. MacMaster has 12 points (3-9-12) in his last 12 games.
- Joseph Duszak registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Duszak has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) in his last seven games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 35 of 39 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 14-9-2-1 on the season with a .909 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average.
- Toronto was 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
- Binghamton had a 40-33 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 12-12-2-1 against North Division opponents and 0-1-1-0 against the Binghamton Devils.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (23)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (40)
- PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (126)
- +/-: P. Aberg, B. Harpur (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
- The Marlies are 7-8-0-0 when tied after the first period and 4-16-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 18-11-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 0-1-0-0 in Monday games and are 4-4-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (2-4-6) in five consecutive games.
- Joseph Duszak has assists (5) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has assists (4) in consecutive games.
- Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for today’s game against Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
- Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game today’s game against Binghamton. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Binghamton. 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 Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.
- February 17: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 17: Recalled forward Riley Woods from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 16: Recalled forward Egor Korshkov from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 16: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL)
- February 14: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 14: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Returned goaltender Parker Gahagen on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On today’s game:
Effort was there, maybe not as consistent as we would like to see. We kind of relied on playing a little bit slower than we have in the last six games and we didn’t take advantage of transition. They played really well against us. They got a lot of pucks towards our net with a lot of bodies. We had a hard time clearing out the front. I thought Kas played great. He saw a lot of rubber but gave us a chance to hang in there and there was a portion of time in the second period where we were up 2-1 but we weren’t winning the game. We were winning the game but we weren’t winning the game. We were out chanced probably two-to-one. Just need a little more compete, little more effort in 50/50 battles in our D-zone, and then playing slow just killed us. We had to play a little faster.
On the line of Tanner MacMaster, Kenny Agostino and Pontus Aberg:
Yeah, they played pretty well. They had a good game. It’s hard to evaluate and stick on a couple guys or a line when we needed more out of the entire team. When we did play slow, we didn’t build or possess the puck the way we wanted to. We didn’t get into the types of regroups that we had in the past that we had success structurally against this type of defence. And then the times where we could have taken advantage and transitioned a little bit quicker when they had line changes or they were tired in the O-zone, we wore them down. We just didn’t make the right decisions at the right times.
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 22 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
February 26 vs Cleveland – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
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