MARLIES 4, CLEVELAND 3 (OT): “They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.” –GREG MOORE.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

TORONTO MARLIES (27-22-3-2 – 59 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (24-26-4-2 – 54 Points)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Cleveland: T. Fix-Wolansky (10) (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), R. MacInnis (7) PP (T. Fix-Wolansky, A. Clendening), A. Clendening (7) PP (B. Troock, R. MacInnis)
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (27/31)

Toronto: M. Salomaki, (K. Rubins, T. Gaudet), M. Kapla (1) (T. Gaudet, M. Salomaki), T. Gaudet (3) PP (T. Kivihalme, T. MacMaster), T. MacMaster (11) (K. Agostino, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (14/17)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Miikka Salomaki opened the scoring at 3:48 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Kapla’s first period goal. This was his first game as Marlie. This was his third multipoint game of the season. Salomaki has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) through 42 games this season.
  • Michael Kapla scored 7:24 of the first period. This was Kapla’s first goal with the Marlies. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) nine games.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored on the power play at 3:30 of the second period. He earlier registered the secondary assist on Salomaki’s goal and the primary assist on Kapla’s goal, both in the first period. This was Gaudet’s first AHL career three-point game since Oct. 28, 2016. He has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored 23 seconds into overtime and earlierpicked up the secondary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. This was MacMaster’s third game-winning goal and his first overtime goal of the season.
  • Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Salomaki’s first period goal. Rubins has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) in 41 games this season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme had the primary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. Kivihalme has 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 48 games.
  • Kenny Agostino registered the primary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He leads the Marlies in points (23-18-41). He has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last eight games.
  • Mac Hollowell had the secondary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 14 of 17 shots he faced. Woll is now 10-12-3-2 on the season with a .885 save percentage and a 3.64 goals against average. Woll is 2-1 in overtime games this season.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto last won a game at home in overtime on February 15, 2020 against Belleville. Korshkov scored the game-winning goal in the 7-6 win.
  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 31-17 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto held Cleveland to two shots in the third period.
  • The Marlies are 13-13-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (23)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (41)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (131)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+17)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 12-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 6-5-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 9-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 3-4-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 5-6-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • No current point streaks

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. 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 Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
  • February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.

On special teams:
Yeah, chances were there. Their goaltender played well. Special teams are always a rollercoaster. You get streaky on and off and hopefully we can find an ‘on’ streak soon.

On the recent additions of forwards Matt Lorito and Miikka Salomaki:
Great additions to the team. Salomaki had great chemistry with Gaudet and Read. They spent the majority of their game in the offensive zone mostly because they worked hard. They moved their feet, they take away time and space, and then when they did get the puck they had good movement, they stayed in motion and they were predictable to play with. And then Lorito was great. Really good addition to the power play. He has a knack for making plays on the walls. He attacks downhill and we’re really excited to have him.

TYLER GAUDET (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On playing with Matt Read and Miikka Salomaki:
Salomaki came in and he had a great game. He gelled well with us. As you know, Read’s obviously a great player and he’s been hot lately so the three of us just kind of gelled and it worked out nicely.

On Tanner MacMaster:
He’s chippy and he’s fast and skilled. He’s been producing for us a lot and I’m just happy he got that in (the overtime goal) and it was a great play by Agostino as well. Good to finish it off that way.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

NEXT GAME:

February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 2 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CT
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET.

MARLIES 4 AT CLEVELAND 5 (OT) POSTGAME NOTES: “There was a lot of improvement. You can definitely look at our past and what the record has been as of late and fall back on that. But if you just look at this one game, the team put in a great effort. I thought the team really competed hard, much better in our D-zone, our fifty-fifty battles, our O-zone looked great tonight, got a lot of interior shots something’s that we’ve been missing in the past.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (21-17-3-2 – 47 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (20-20-2-2 – 44 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: B. Harpur (1) (P. Aberg, D. Archibald), N. Petan (9) (K. Rubins, P. Aberg), T. MacMaster (9) (G. Wilson, M. Hollowell), K. Agostino (21) (P. Aberg, M. Hollowell).
Goaltender: J. Woll (19/24).

Cleveland: D. Barach (5) (A. Peeke, M. Fortier), K. Sherwood (6) (M. Dano, R. MacInnis), T. Fix-Wolansky (5) PP (P. Bittner, S. Matteau), K. Sherwood (7) (C. Thurkauf, A. Peeke), S. Matteau (10) (A. Clendening, D. Simpson).
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (7/10), M. Kivlenieks (29/30).

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Ben Harpur opened the scoring at 14:25 of the first period. This is his first goal for the Marlies this season. Harpur has eight points (1 goal, 8 assists) through 29 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored at 14:53 of the first period. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games. Petan has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 17 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored at 15:25 of the first period. MacMaster has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 37 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 15:39 of the third period. Agostino has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his last 10 games. Agostino is tied for fifth in the League in goals scored (21).
  • Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on Harpur’s goal in the first period, the secondary assist on Petan’s goal in the first period and the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Aberg has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in five games against Cleveland this season. This is his 11th multi-point game of the season.
  • Darren Archibald registered the secondary assist on Harpur’s first period goal. Archibald has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 28 games this season.
  • Kristians Rubins collected the primary assist on Petan’s first period goal. Rubins has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson picked up the primary assist on MacMaster’s first period goal. Wilson has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) through 36 games this season.
  • Mac Hollowell had the secondary assists on MacMaster’s first period goal and Agostino’s third period goal. Hollowell has four assists through 15 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-10-2-1 on the season with a .886 Save Percentage and a 3.67 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto scored three goals in 60 seconds in the first period. Toronto previously recorded three goals in 59 seconds against the Laval Rocket on December 27, 2019.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 40-24 edge in shots in all situations. Matt Read led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 10-9-3-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (29)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (35)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (110)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+8)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (60)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 8-11-3-2 (21 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
  • The Marlies have been outscored 91-75. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (14) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-4-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-2-1) have combined to make 704 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 16-3-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 9-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 13-0-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-6-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-4-2-2 in Saturday games and are 2-7-1-1 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Nic Petan has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Mason Marchment left today’s game against Cleveland in the first period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 25: Returned defenceman Jake Muzzin from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 25: Returned forward Trevor Moore from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 23: Returned forward Colt Conrad on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 23: Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to conditioning loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 20: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On what improvements he saw from Toronto:
There was a lot of improvement. You can definitely look at our past and what the record has been as of late and fall back on that. But if you just look at this one game, the team put in a great effort. I thought the team really competed hard, much better in our d-zone, our fifty-fifty battles, our o-zone looked great tonight, got a lot of interior shots something’s that we’ve been missing in the past. The players really executed a lot that we asked of them today.

On Matt Read (6 shots):
He probably had four or five grade A chances. He really showed up in the game, helped our team find some momentum, some energy and he was one of the guys that really got interior and helped threaten.

On Pontus Aberg (3 assists):
He’s a big part of our team, he’s a top-six forward. He has a ton of ability and talent. When he brings it consistently with his effort and his compete and what he did tonight, he’s a heck of a hockey player.

On the AHL All-Star break:
I think every team in this league needs a break. It’s a long season. We’ve been through a lot lately, battling some consistency stuff. This break will be good for us. We’ll come back from it fresh. We’ll get back to our routine and back to building details and habits that we want to build and we’ll find positives out of tonight and what the team did.

NEXT GAME:

January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET

MARLIES 2 AT CLEVELAND 5. POSTGAME NOTES: “You get the timing back within a game like this. It’s a high level of hockey here still. There’s lots of skill on this team and lots of skill in the league, and you accomplish that by coming and playing here.” — JAKE MUZZIN.

TORONTO MARLIES (21-17-2-2 – 46 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (19-20-2-2 – 42 Points).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: T. Moore (1) (T. Liljegren, N. Petan), J. Bracco (4) PP (N. Petan, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/31)

Cleveland: D. Simpson (7) (C. Thurskauf, T. Fix-Wolanksy), D. Simpson (8) (Unassisted), T. Fix-Wolanksy (4) PP (K. Stenlund), P. Bittner (5) EN (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), D. Barach (4) EN (S. Matteau)
Goaltender: M. Kivlenieks (35/37)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Trevor Moore put the Marlies on the board at 3:54 of the first period. This was Moore’s first goal for the Marlies in two games this season.
  • Jeremy Bracco scored on the power play at 18:16 of the third period. This was Bracco’s first power play goal. He has 13 assists on the power play this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Liljegren has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games and has recorded a point (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games. This is Liljegren’s sixth multi-point game of the season.
  • Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Moore’s first period goal and the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 16 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced. He is now 11-6-1-1 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 37-33 edge in shots in all situations. Timothy Liljegren, Scott Pooley and Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 10-9-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-2-0-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.
  • Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (20)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (29)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (33)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (105)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+6)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (60)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 8-11-2-2 (20 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
  • The Marlies have been outscored 86-71. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (14) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-4-1-1) and Joseph Woll (3-6-1-1) have combined to make 685 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-10-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-13-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-6-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 4-4-0-0 in Friday games and are 2-7-0-1 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-9-10) in eight consecutive games.
  • Mason Marchment has points (3-2-6) in three consecutive games.
  • Trevor Moore has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren left tonight’s game against Cleveland in the third period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 23: Returned forward Colt Conrad on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 23: Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to conditioning loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 20: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 18: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 18: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether he saw improvements in Toronto’s play tonight despite the loss:
I think for a lot of people you could say that results are needed, we’ve been working together through a lot as a group. There was a lot of good stuff in today’s game. Again we’ve been talking about the starts of our games, again today was not good enough. We lost the game in the first five, ten minutes. We’ll keep reiterating that but we can’t expect to come out that slow. The lack of intensity in the D-zone is a problem, it got better as the game went on but we’ve got to be able to manufacture that from the start.

On the lack of intensity in the defensive zone:
It’s a mindset. As soon as there’s a fifty-fifty puck, we’ve got to close, we’ve got to separate somebody. We can’t get beat off the walls and back to our net, we’re not protecting our net, we’re not boxing out, we’re not getting sticks and when there is a chance for us to be strong and win a battle along the wall, we’ve got to come up with those pucks. We just haven’t built a mindset in our D-zone to do that yet.

On whether defensive zone issues have impacted Toronto’s penalty kill:
Yes and no. It’s a little bit different. The concept’s the same. As soon as the pucks out of their hands and they’re not under full control, we’ve got to be able to close and outnumber somebody and win a battle and then exit. So in that sense, yes. There were moments in the game still where we do that but it’s not consistent enough. I thought the second half of the ice towards their net, we did a lot of good stuff. Some better o-zone than we’ve seen in the last games and we threatened the net a lot better.

DEFENCEMAN JAKE MUZZIN

“You get the timing back within a game like this. It’s a high level of hockey here still. There’s lots of skill on this team and lots of skill in the league, and you accomplish that by coming and playing here.”

NEXT GAME:

January 25 at Cleveland – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 1 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET