WEDNESDAY — BRIDGEPORT 4, MARLIES 1: “Our team just finds a way to want an easy game. The inconsistency we’ve talked about for a very long time now. They wanted an easy game in the first period, couldn’t find it in the second and it’s not a lack of executing our game plan, they just don’t want to work. They worked hard in the third period because they wanted to make a push to come back but hockey karma, they don’t want to play the right way in the first and that’s what happens.” GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (29-27-3-2 – 63 Points) vs. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (23-33-5-2 – 53 Points)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: G. Wilson (10) (T. Kivihalme)
Goaltender: J. Woll (20/23)

Bridgeport: T. St. Denis (12) (S. Holmstrom, G. Hutton), K. Bellows (21) (O. Wahlstrom, P. Wotherspoon), K. Bellows (22) SH (S. Helgeson), T. St. Denis (13) (S. Holmstrom, N. Schilkey)
Goaltender: C. Gibson (44/45)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Garrett Wilson put the Marlies on the board at 3:37 of the third period. Wilson has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) through 51 games this season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme recorded the lone assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Kivihalme has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. Kivihalme has 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 55 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 20 of 23 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-16-3-2 on the season with a .880 save percentage and a 3.75 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 45-24 edge in shots in all situations. Toronto recorded their most shots in a period (25) in the third period and tied the most shots in a game (45). Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with eight shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-4-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (27)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (49)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (9)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (150)
  • +/-:  E. Korshkov (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (81)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 9-15-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-20-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 11-11-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 3-5-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 2-3-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Teemu Kivihalme has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Bridgeport. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Bridgeport.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Bridgeport.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • March 9: Released defenceman Garrett Johnston from PTO.
  • March 9: Returned defenceman Michael Kapla on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • March 9: Returned defenceman Sergei Sapego on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • March 6: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • March 6: Signed defenceman Garrett Johnston to PTO.
  • March 5: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether he was satisfied with the shot selection (45 shots):
No, I don’t think our staff is really concerned at all as to what the shots were. Our team just finds a way to want an easy game. The inconsistency we’ve talked about for a very long time now. They wanted an easy game in the first period, couldn’t find it in the second and it’s not a lack of executing our game plan, they just don’t want to work. They worked hard in the third period because they wanted to make a push to come back but hockey karma, they don’t want to play the right way in the first and that’s what happens.

On what changes can be made in-game by the coaching staff:
Change up lines. As a staff, we’re so frustrated. We’ve gone up and down the ladder of different things that we can do try to do to motivate them to want to work hard consistently. At the end of the day, they’ve got to want to play hard for each other and it doesn’t seem like they want to do that right now.

NEXT GAME:

March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 vs Rochester – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
March 19 vs Grand Rapids – 1:30 p.m. ET
March 21 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET

SYRACUSE 2, MARLIES 1: “We were expecting them to come out much harder than yesterday. They proved that. They had a real good push in the first five minutes. We were pretty happy with how the team responded to that push. We got better as the period went on, we started to find our game and it was a good process for us. The team played hard, played the right way. It was just one of those games that we just couldn’t find the extra goal.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (29-26-3-2 – 63 Points) vs. SYRACUSE CRUNCH (29-23-4-5 – 67 Points)

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Syracuse: G. Smith (22) (B. Katchouk, T. Raddysh), T. Raddysh (19) (C. Gaunce, G. Smith)
Goaltender: S. Martin (31/32)

Toronto: T. Kivihalme (4) (T. Liljegren, M. Lorito)
Goaltender: J. Woll (27/29)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Teemu Kivihalme opened the scoring at 13:00 in the first period. Kivihalme has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 54 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Kivihalme’s first period goal. Liljegren has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in his last six games with the Marlies. Liljegren is second on the Marlies with 25 assists.
  • Matt Lorito registered the secondary assist on Kivihalme’s first period goal. He has five assists in his last four games. Lorito has 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 57 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-15-3-2 on the season with a .881 save percentage and a 3.77 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 32-29 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with seven shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 16-18-3-1 against North Division opponents and 1-2-1-0 against the Syracuse Crunch.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (27)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (49)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (9)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (147)
  • +/-:  E. Korshkov, M. Salomaki (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (77)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 20-8-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 13-3-2-2 when leading after the first period and 6-7-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 11-10-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 10-8-2-2 in Saturday games and are 2-2-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Matt Lorito has assists (5) in four consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • March 6: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • March 6: Signed defenceman Garrett Johnston to PTO.
  • March 5: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On the power play being affect by a lack of execution or a hot netminder:
Probably more so a hot netminder. Towards the end we got some really good looks. He found a way to make saves. Our earlier power plays we didn’t execute on some of our entries and stick to our game plan, so we had a hard time there with some turnovers. They found their way and they just couldn’t find the back of the net towards the end.

On Toronto keeping composure through the game:
Yeah, we were expecting them to come out much harder than yesterday. They proved that. They had a real good push in the first five minutes. We were pretty happy with how the team responded to that push. We got better as the period went on, we started to find our game and it was a good process for us. The team played hard, played the right way. It was just one of those games that we just couldn’t find the extra goal.

On whether momentum was a part of the decision in pulling Joseph Woll for an extra attacked at 15:44 of the third period:
One hundred per cent. It’s a few things. One, sometimes it might catch the other team off guard, they’re not expecting what guys to have on the ice at that moment within those moments if you do it early. Lot of times coaches are trying to time their more defensive guys for those last few minutes and if you do it a little bit early, you might catch some of their offensive guys on the ice who aren’t as responsible and second, you get a feel for where the game’s going. I thought we had a nice tilt in our favour to where we could apply some pressure and maybe get some extra time with an extra guy on the ice.

On defencemen Teemu Kivihalme and Timothy Liljegren:
Yeah, they played well. They’re both great skaters who can transition the game really well for us. They’re able to defend up ice. A lot of times teams don’t even get into our end because they can take pucks away at the offensive blue line and red line. It was really nice to have Liljegren back in the lineup.

On Joseph Woll’s performance tonight:
He played really well, gave us a chance to win a hockey game, made some big saves. It was good to see him in a game like this. It was kind of a playoff energy and mentality. It was a huge two points for us. We believe he did a great job and what was needed for us to win a hockey game.

NEXT GAME:

March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 vs Rochester – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
March 19 vs Grand Rapids – 1:30 p.m. ET

MARLIES 5, SYRACUSE 2: “We played really fast today, countered fast, and it was a lot of executing the things we’ve been talking about as of late. The guys knew this was an important two points and it was good to see them show up.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (29-25-3-2 – 63 Points) vs. SYRACUSE CRUNCH (28-23-4-5 – 65 Points)

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Syracuse: A. Barre-Boulet (27) PP (C. Gaunce, M. Joseph), T. Raddysh (18) PP (D. Yan, O. Somppi)
Goaltender: S. Wedgewood (23/27)

Toronto: K. Agostino (26) PP (J. Duszak, N. Petan), T. Gaudet (4) (M. Salomaki, M. Read). H. Elynuik (4) (M. Kapla, S. Pooley), K. Agostino (27) PP (M. Lorito, P. Aberg), H. Elynuik (5) EN (G. Wilson)
Goaltender: P. Gahagen (19/21)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Kenny Agostino opened the scoring at 13:09 of the first period and scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 6:26 of the third period, both on the power play. Agostino has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his last six games. He set a career-high in power play goals (9) scored in one season. This is his fourth multi-goal game of the season.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored Toronto’s second goal at 13:21 of the first period. Gaudet has 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 56 games this season.
  • Hudson Elynuik scored Toronto’s third goal at 17:37 of the second period and added an empty goal at 19:14 of the third period. This was his first career AHL multi-goal game. Elynuik has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 51 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. This was his seventh power play assist. Duszak has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last five games.
  • Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. Petan has five assists through three consecutive games.
  • Miikka Salomaki had the primary assist on Gaudet’s first period goal. He has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through six games with the Marlies this season.
  • Matt Read picked up the secondary assist on Gaudet’s first period goal.
  • Michael Kapla recorded the primary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Kapla has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 14 games this season.
  • Scott Pooley registered the secondary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. Pooley has 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 28 games this season.
  • Matt Lorito had the primary assist on Agostino’s third period power play goal. He has four assists in his last three games. Lorito has 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) in 56 games this season.
  • Pontus Aberg collected the secondary assist on Agostino’s third period power play goal.
  • Parker Gahagen stopped 19 of 21 shots he faced. This was his first win for the Toronto Marlies. Gahagen is now 1-1-0-0 on the season with a .865 save percentage and a 3.65 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Kenny Agostino and Tyler Gaudet’s first period goals were Toronto’s fastest consecutive goals of the season at 12 seconds.
  • Toronto was 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play. Toronto last scored two power play goals in a 3-2 win against Texas on March 2.
  • Toronto had a 28-21 edge in shots in all situations. Matt Lorito led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 16-17-3-1 against North Division opponents and 1-1-1-0 against the Syracuse Crunch.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (27)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (49)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (9)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (140)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+12)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (77)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 20-7-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 13-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 18-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 11-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 7-6-0-0 in Friday games and are 2-1-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Hudson Elynuik has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
  • Michael Kapla has assists (2) in consecutive games.
  • Matt Lorito has assists (4) in three consecutive games.
  • Scott Pooley has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  • Matt Read has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Miikka Salomaki has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • March 6: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • March 6: Signed defenceman Garrett Johnston to PTO.
  • March 5: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On if he’s satisfied with the team’s performance tonight:
Really satisfied. The team was bought into the whole sixty minutes. Thought our up-ice pressure took away a lot of their time and space and our D did a great job holding the middle of the rink and having good gaps. We played really fast today, countered fast, and it was a lot of executing the things we’ve been talking about as of late. The guys knew this was an important two points and it was good to see them show up.

On getting contributions from the entire lineup:
This time of year things are tight, every line can play. I mean every coach has been working with their team to iron out details and be responsible defensively all season so there’s not as many mistakes out on the ice right now. Any team that’s going to go deep and do anything special needs depth scoring.

On goaltender Parker Gahagen’s first win as a Marlie:
He was great. He always has a big smile on his face, he competes so hard. Great kid, all the guys like him in the locker room. The team was really happy to get this one for him.

On Kenny Agostino (2 goals):
Kenny has been our best player for the last two months. He showed up again tonight. He can absolutely wire a puck. It was good to see him show up on the scoresheet because he’s been doing a lot of good stuff and at times when the team’s not really rolling he’s the guy even going out, finishing a couple checks and bringing some energy as a leader for this group.

PARKER GAHAGEN (19 SAVES)

On his first win as a Marlie:
It’s a great feeling, just to be able to contribute to the team. I mean, it’s a critical time of the year having to be on the outside looking in with the playoff picture and I’m just happy we could get away with two points here.

NEXT GAME:

March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 17 vs Rochester – 1:30 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)

BELLEVILLE 8, MARLIES 4: “For how many points we need right now and what this week is and what we’ve been talking about and they know our playoff lives are on the line here, that first period wasn’t good enough and to think that we can turn it on late against a good team like this, the players should be really down on themselves.” –GREG MOORE

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TORONTO MARLIES (28-25-3-2 – 61 Points)  vs. BELLEVILLE SENATORS (38-17-4-1 – 81 Points)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: M. Salomaki (7) SH (Unassisted), S. Pooley (8) (H. Elynuik), M. Read (13) PP (K. Agostino, M. Lorito), E. Korshkov (16) (M. Kapla)
Goaltender: J. Woll (21/29)

Belleville: N. Baptiste (4) (M. Klimchuk, P. Kelly), F. Chlapik (8) (J. LaBate, D. Archibald), M. Lajoie (3) (J. Norris, V. Abrmaov), J. Szwarz (18) (M. Carcone, J. Aspirot), J. Norris (31) (D. Batherson, V. Abramov), M. Carcone (13) (Unassisted), D. Archibald (11) (J. Aspirot), M. Klimchuk (12) (P. Kelly, N. Baptiste)
Goaltender: A. Dubeau (19/23)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Miikka Salomaki put the Marlies on the board with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 19:05 of the first period. He has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) through five games with the Marlies this season. This was his first career AHL shorthanded goal.
  • Scott Pooley scored at 5:07 of the second period. Pooley has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in 27 games this season.
  • Matt Read scored on the power play at 17:26 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season.
  • Egor Korshkov scored at 3:06 of the third period. He has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) in seven games against Belleville. Korshkov has 25 points (16 goals, 9 assists) through 41 games.
  • Hudson Elynuik registered the lone assist on Pooley’s second period goal. Elynuik has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 49 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino recorded the primary assist on Read’s second period power play goal. Agostino has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last five games.
  • Matt Lorito had the secondary assist on Read’s second period power play goal. He has three assists in his last two games. Lorito has 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in 55 games this season.
  • Michael Kapla picked up the lone assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. Kapla has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 13 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 21 of 29 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-14-3-2 on the season with a .879 save percentage and a 3.83 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-8 on the power play. Toronto has six shorthanded goals this season.
  • Belleville had a 29-23 edge in shots in all situations. Miikka Salomaki led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 15-17-3-1 against North Division opponents and 5-5-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (25)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (47)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (7)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (138)
  • +/-:  E. Korshkov, M. Salomaki (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (75)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 9-14-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-19-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 19-15-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 3-5-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 1-1-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
  • Matt Lorito has assists (3) in consecutive games.
  • Scott Pooley has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games).

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • 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 what was different in tonight’s loss versus the comeback win against Texas:
Our lack of compete right from the start. For how many points we need right now and what this week is and what we’ve been talking about and they know our playoff lives are on the line here, that first period wasn’t good enough and to think that we can turn it on late against a good team like this, the players should be really down on themselves.

On what kind of team the Marlies are when they have success:
Our team, we can play our possession style if we have the compete and we do at times and when our brains are turned on and we’re engaged and active in the game, we’re not shoulder-checking, we’re not identifying what the time and space is around us before we get the puck, it ends up playing too slow. They just think that they can take a game off all of sudden, just because they had two decent games they put together and they’ve got to find a way to want more than that for themselves within our brand and we’ve had success winning hockey games by all five guys on the ice being active and holding onto the puck and making plays with each other, it’s when we get individual.

On if it was tough leaving Joseph Woll in for the entire game:
It was tough. We were finding our way back in the game so it didn’t feel as though we got too far away from it. He’s a great goaltender, he deserves a lot better. I could hear guys after in the room not happy with themselves and know that our goalie deserves a lot better than what they gave him here tonight.

NEXT GAME:

March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET

MARLIES 3, TEXAS 2: “The guys deserved the game tonight. Even going into that third, being down 2-0, we got a lot of good chances and we were just having a hard time finding the back of the net but the process was there. I thought that the whole game was a good, complete game for us.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (28-24-3-2 – 61 Points) vs. TEXAS STARS (24-27-2-4 – 54 Points)

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: G. Wilson (9) (J. Duszak, H. Elynuik), P. Aberg (20) PP (K. Agostino, M. Lorito), K. Agostino (25) PP (J. Duszak, M. Lorito)
Goaltender: J. Woll (28/30)

Texas: N. Caanmano (9) (M. Mersch, T. Kero), J. L’Esperance (22) (R. Tufte, J. Melnick)
Goaltender: J. Oettinger (28/31)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Garrett Wilson put the Marlies on the board at 7:26 of the third period. Wilson has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 47 games this season.
  • Pontus Aberg scored at 14:44 of the third period on the power play. This was his sixth power play goal of the season. Aberg has 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) through 51 games.
  • Kenny Agostino scored the game-winning goal at 17:37 of the third period and earlier added the primary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Agostino set a career high in goals (25) scored in one season. This was his third game-winning goal of the season.
  • Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assists on Wilson’s and Agostino’s third period goals. He has seven power play points (1 goal, 6 assists). Duszak has 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists) in his last 13 games.
  • Hudson Elynuik registered the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Elynuik has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 49 games this season.
  • Matt Lorito picked up the secondary assists on Aberg’s and Agostino’s third period power play goals. Lorito has 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) in 54 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-13-3-2 on the season with a .884 save percentage and a 3.67 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 31-30 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 11-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and 3-1-0-0 against the Texas Stars.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (25)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (46)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (7)
  • Shots: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (135)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+13)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (73)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 9-13-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-18-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 10-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 in Monday games and are 1-0-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Pontus Aberg has goals (3) in consecutive games.
  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
  • Joseph Duszak has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • 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 tonight’s win:
It felt really good. The guys deserved the game tonight. Even going into that third, being down 2-0, we got a lot of good chances and we were just having a hard time finding the back of the net but the process was there. I thought that the whole game was a good, complete game for us.

On what he saw during the third period in the comeback win:
Their mentality to get to the net. We just tried to build a mindset today of what our expectation is of the group, they just went out and put down the pedal. It was great to see and they were all bought in and it was fun to watch. This was really important for us and it meant a lot to the guys.

On Egor Korshkov’s injury during the second period:
Yeah, it was a scary moment. Korsh is a tough guy. Our medical team did a great job helping him in that moment and were able to repair what happened and he was able to get back on the ice.

On the players who have stepped up:
Aberg’s been great the last few games. He’s really stepped up. Agostino has been our best player for about two months.  He’s really, really driven the offence for us and even at times when we get down by two goals, he goes out and has physical shifts and gets a couple good hits and brings energy. He’s finding ways to have an impact in every hockey game.

KENNY AGOSTINO (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On tonight’s win:
For sure, it feel goods. I think you know everyone worked their ass off tonight obviously. And you know it was huge, Willy getting us going in the third and Woller was unreal the whole game.

On establishing a career high in goals (25):
It feels good. You know, some years they just go in more than others. We’ve had so many different line combos the whole year. I just think it speaks to the depth of our team really. We have so many forwards that are skilled and can make plays and I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of them like Aberg, Petan, MacMaster as of late, Korshkov. I’ve really kind of played with everyone at some point I feel like.

JOSEPH WOLL (28 SAVES)

On tonight’s win:
Obviously, a special game for us coming back here and getting those two points. I think the guys really worked hard to earn that. I think we had spots in that game where we were really good and really turned it on in the third period so it was really nice to see us get rewarded for that kind of stuff.

NEXT GAME:

March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET

UTICA 7, MARLIES 3: “They came to play, they played fast, they played really strong. We weren’t ready for it. That was probably one of the best teams I’ve seen since I got here. We did have compete and battled to try and claw and scratch our way back. A couple of late goals started to give us a chance. Too many turnovers and breakouts, too many turnovers, actually trying to go one-on-one a little too much in the neutral zone.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (27-23-3-2 – 59 Points) vs. UTICA COMETS (31-20-3-2 – 67 Points)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: J. Duszak (3) PP (M. Read, K. Agostino), K. Agostino (M. Hollowell), E. Korshkov (15) (K. Agostino)
Goaltender: J. Woll (27/33)

Utica: W. Hamilton (4) (K. Lind), R. Boucher (29) (C. Camper, A. Sautner), R. Boucher (30) (C. Camper, S. Baertschi), D. Blujus (4) (R. Boucher, J. Bailey), S. Baertschi (12) (R. Boucher, O. Juolevi), R. Boucher (31) EN (S. Baertschi)
Goaltender: M. DiPietro (26/29)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Joseph Duszak put the Marlies on the board at 13:34 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Duszak has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists)) in his last 11 games.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 12:35 of the third period. Heregistered the secondary assist on Duszk’s second period power play goal and the lone assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. Agostino matched his career season high with his 24th goal. He has recorded three or more points in one game for the third time this season. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last nine games.
  • Egor Korshkov scored at 15:07 of the third period. Korshkov has 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists) in 38 games this season.
  • Matt Read recorded the primary assist on Duszak’s second period power play goal. Read has 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) in his last nine games.
  • Mac Hollowell had the lone assist on Agostino’s overtime goal. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 27 of 33 shots he faced. Woll is now 10-13-3-2 on the season with a .883 save percentage and a 3.73 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
  • Utica had a 34-29 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 15-15-3-1 against North Division opponents and 1-3-0-0 against the Utica Comets.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (24)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (43)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (131)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+14)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (71)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 8-13-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-18-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 18-13-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 6-6-0-0 in Friday games and are 5-7-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (1-3-4) in consecutive games.
  • Mac Hollowell has assists (2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
  • 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 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • 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 tonight’s game:
The game did not go our way the first period. They came to play, they played fast, they played really strong. We weren’t ready for it. That was probably one of the best teams I’ve seen since I got here. We did have compete and battled to try and claw and scratch our way back. A couple of late goals started to give us a chance. Too many turnovers and breakouts, too many turnovers, actually trying to go one-on-one a little too much in the neutral zone. But this is a good benchmark for us to see where we’re at right now to internally look to see what we need to do to move forward.

NEXT GAME:

February 29 at Binghamton – 4:05 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
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET

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.