TORONTO MARLIES GAME REPORT - Saturday, February 29, 2020
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Toronto 4 @ Binghamton 5
Toronto: P. Aberg (18) (J. Duszak, T. Kivihalme), P. Aberg (19) K. Gravel, M. Kapla), R. Woods (1) (K. Rubins, M. Hollowell), K. Gravel (1) (E. Korshkov, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: P. Gahagen (26/31)
Binghamton: M. Maltsev (10) (C. Conner, F. Zetterlund), N. Bastian (13) SH (B. Street, J. Melchiori), J. Kuokkanen (13) (C. Conner, E. Sharangovich), B. Street (14) PP (B. Seney, C. White), C. Conner (12) (J. Kuokkanen, E. Sharangovich)
Goaltender: G. Senn (24/28)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pontus Aberg opened the scoring at 1:37 of the first period and scored Toronto’s second goal at 5:01 of the second period. He has 14 multi-point games this season. Aberg has 50 points (19 goals, 23 assists) through 50 games.
- Riley Woods scored Toronto’s third goal at 14:47 of the second period. This was his first career AHL goal. Woods has 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 43 games with Newfoundland (ECHL) this season.
- Kevin Gravel scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 5:24 of the third period and earlier had the primary assist on Aberg’s second period goal. This was Gravel’s first goal for the Marlies. Gravel has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 18 games with the Marlies.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Duszak has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in his last 12 games.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Kivihalme has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 50 games this season.
- Michael Kapla picked up the secondary assist on Aberg’s second period goal.
- Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Woods’ second period goal. Rubins has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 43 games.
- Mac Hollowell registered the secondary assist on Woods’ second period goal. He has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 28 games.
- Egor Korshkov had the primary assist on Gravel’s third period goal. Korshkov has 24 points (15 goals, 9 assists) in 39 games this season.
- Tanner MacMaster collected the secondary assist on Gravel’s third period goal. MacMaster has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games.
- Parker Gahagen stopped 26 of 31 shots he faced in his first start for the Toronto Marlies. Gahagen is now 0-1-0-0 on the season with a .839 save percentage and a 5.16 goals against average.
- Toronto has played on February 29 twice (4-2 win vs Hamilton, 2011-12, 2-1 overtime win vs Syracuse, 2007-08).
- Toronto was 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
- Binghamton had a 31-28 edge in shots in all situations. Kevin Gravel led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 15-16-3-1 against North Division opponents and 0-3-1-0 against the Binghamton Devils.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (24)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: K. Agostino (44)
- PPG: K. Agostino, N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (133)
- +/-: M. Salomaki (+14)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (71)
- Toronto is 19-7-2-2 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 7-10-0-0 when tied after the first period and 6-6-0-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 18-14-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 10-7-2-2 in Saturday games and are 5-8-0-0 in February.
- Joseph Duszak has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Mac Hollowell has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Egor Korshkov has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- 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. He left 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.
- 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).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
It was a frustrating hockey game. The guys competed the whole game. Based off of the things that we talked about and wanted them to execute, it was there. We got a lot of good looks but obviously, at this juncture of the season, we just need the points.
On whether the team had control of the game:
There were moments of the first and second where we controlled the game and most of the third. To not come out with the results that we needed is frustrating. The guys definitely stepped up today and it was a good response from last game.
On playing as a cohesive unit:
Everybody was bought into the game plan and today, we had more of an effort of making plays, possessing the puck through the middle but looking for our teammates. It wasn’t trying to go one-on-one and be individual. We were using all five guys on the ice and when you let the puck do the movement and we work off of each other and we support each other, the puck can move faster than one guy skating up the rink. That was there today and that was why we had better success.
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
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET