Toronto Marlies Game Report

By: Eric Cohen

Monday, January 29, 2018

TORONTO MARLIES (32-11-0-1 – 65 Points) vs. SYRACUSE CRUNCH (26-15-2-2 – 56 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018

 

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TORONTO

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SYRACUSE

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GAME SUMMARY     |   GAME SHEET

 

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto:
C. Mueller (9) PP (T. Moore, K. Rychel), A. Johnsson (18) (R. Valiev), A. Johnsson (19) (K. Kapanen, J. Holl), A. Johnsson (20) (K. Kapanen, J. Holl)
Goaltender: C. Pickard (16/18)

Syracuse: A. Cirelli (9) (M. Joseph, O. Archambault), A. Volkov (M. Stephens, J. McBain)
Goaltender: L. Domingue (26/30)

FROM THE SCORESHEET

  • Chris Mueller opened the scoring on the power play at 2:57 of the first period. This was Mueller’s sixth power play goal of the season.
  • Andreas Johnsson recorded a natural hat trick and the first Marlies hat trick of the season with three goals in the second period. This is Johnsson’s first-career American Hockey League hat trick.
  • Trevor Moore recorded the primary assist on Mueller’s first period goal. Moore has scored a point (2 assists) in two consecutive games.
  • Kerby Rychel registered the secondary assist on Mueller’s first period goal.
  • Rinat Valiev had the lone assist on Johnsson’s first goal of the second period.
  • Kasperi Kapanen recorded primary assists on both Johnsson’s second and third goals of the second period. Kapanen has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in his last 14 games with the Marlies.
  • Justin Holl had the secondary assists on both Johnsson’s second and third goals of the second period.
  • Calvin Pickard stopped 16 of 18 shots. Pickard is now 14-5-0-0 on the season with a .928 Save Percentage and a 1.94 Goals Against Average.


NOTABLES

  • The Marlies have extended their point streak to 11 games (10-0-0-1 – 21 points).
  • Andreas Johnsson’s hat trick was the Marlies first on the road since January 20, 2017 against Adirondack.
  • Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 30-18 edge in shots in all situations.
  • Andreas Johnsson led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 22-6-0-0 against North Division opponents this season and 5-2-0-0 against the Syracuse Crunch. The Marlies have outscored the Crunch 22-15 with one game left in the season’s series.

 

TEAM LEADERS

  • Goals: A. Johnsson (20)
  • Assists: C. Mueller (17)
  • Points: B. Smith (34)
  • PPG: A. Johnsson (6), C. Mueller (6)
  • Shots: K. Rychel (93)
  • +/-: B. Smith (+28)
  • PIMS: A. Nielsen (86)

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s game:
I don’t want to focus too much here on this game today. It’s a tough game to get through with the All-Star break around the corner, we had to travel through the night last night … so that becomes a challenge. I liked our game today. I thought we did what we needed to do for the most part. Our first period could have been a little better in terms of limiting some of their chances but after that, I thought we did the things we needed to do to be able to try to wear down their team a little bit. They’re missing a lot of important people. And in turn, I thought some of our top guys were really strong today. Obviously that line of Aaltonen, Kapanen and Johnsson was strong so that’s a big difference in the game today. We had those guys in there making a difference for us. Looking at the big picture here as the calendar has turned in January and we’ve done a lot of good things. The guys, full marks and a well-deserved break ahead for them.

NEXT GAME:

February 2 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m. ET
February 3 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 9 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET

February 10 vs Binghamton – 4:00 p.m. ET

February 11 vs Binghamton – 4:00 p.m. ET