Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Toronto: A. Nielsen (6) PP (B. Ferguson), P. Engvall (4) (J. Bracco, T. Liljegren), A. Brooks (8) PP (M. Marchment, P. Engvall), J. Bracco (6) (A. Brooks, J. Holl)
Goaltender: I. Scott (30/33
Belleville: D. Ciampini (7) (Unassisted), A. Sturtz (1) (P. Sieloff, D. Ciampini), N. Paul (14) (N. Moutrey)
Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (25/29)
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
The Toronto Marlies are headed to the postseason with a 4-3 win over the Bellville Senators on Sunday.
Belleville opened the scoring at 13-minute mark of the first, when Daniel Ciampini took advantage of Justin Holl’s turnover to beat Ian Scott five hole.
Andrew Neilsen tied up the game for the Marlies, less than three minutes later, with a wrist shot past Filip Gustavson. Brady Ferguson had the assist on Nielsen’s sixth of the season.
The Marlies, on their second powerplay of the night as Pierre Engvall netted his fourth of the year. Liljegren and Bracco assisted on the goal.
The second period started off with the Senators tying the game just two minutes in, but The Marlies fired back. They took a 3-2 lead when Mason Marchment set up Adam Brooks in the slot for Toronto’s second power play goal of the game.
Belleville tied things up again early in the third as Nick Paul scored in the first minute.
Jeremy Bracco scored the game winner with under three minutes remaining. This was his sixth of the season and was assisted by Brooks and Justin Holl.
Ian Scott made the start for the Marlies, the first of his professional career. The 18-year-old fourth-round Maple Leafs draft pick (2017) made 30 saves to secure his first victory as a Marlie.
With the victory, the Marlies finish the regular season with a 54-18-2-2 record, the seventh best single-season performance in American Hockey League history.
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- The Marlies are 7-0-0-0 when Adam Brooks scores a goal.
- . Marchment has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games this season.
- The Marlies are 16-1-0-0 when Justin Holl has an assist. Holl finished the season with a career high 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists).
- Ian Scott stopped 30 of 33 shots in his first American Hockey League game.
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-9 on the power play.
- Belleville had a 33-29 edge in shots in all situations.
- Scott Pooley led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
- The Marlies finish the season 39-12-2-1 against North Division opponents and 9-3-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. The Marlies outscored the Senators 41-24 in the series.
- The Toronto Marlies clinched a playoff spot on March 10th and captured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy on April 6th as regular season champions.
- The Marlies set the American Hockey League record for number of road wins in one season (30) and most points on the road (63).
- The Marlies matched the franchise record of 54 wins in one season and have the seventh best single-season record in AHL history (.737).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Ian Scott’s debut:
I thought he was terrific. Obviously, it’s a difficult circumstance for a goalie to come in in a game like this when we have a lot of our regulars not playing and we’re not nearly as organized. We looked like a team that hasn’t practiced together out there a lot of the time and that’s tough on the goaltender. I thought he was excellent. He looked confident to me, he made some nice saves, he battled right to the very end. So, that was a really nice debut for him and I’m sure it will help his confidence going forward which is what we hope will come out of this.
On the play of Mason Marchment, Adam Brooks and Jeremy Bracco:
This is a tough game for any of our regulars, this is a tough game to get into mentally. You look around the room, there’s not a lot of familiar faces and those are young guys that have really relied on the leadership and presence of some of our older guys and they’re not here and suddenly they are taking on bigger roles. So, it’s a little bit outside their comfort zone but it’s big and it’s important for their development. I was trying to push them to really step up in a game like this and take advantage of that opportunity. Obviously, we didn’t have a lot happening on our power play today, we were a little unorganized today. But that group was able to get us two goals on the power play. Bracco is able to get the game-winning goal. So, that’s what you’re looking to see in these types of games, for them to step up when they have to, and I was happy with them here today.