TORONTO MARLIES GAME REPORT- Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Logan Lockhart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Marlies Cruise to 4-0 victory over the Rochester Americans Saturday Afternoon in Toronto


Mason Marchment’s two goals led the Marlies to a 4-0 victory over the Rochester Americans on Saturday afternoon at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto. 


The Marlies (23-20-3-2) played its second of three games in three nights, looking to avenge a 7-4 loss to the Belleville Senators Friday night. Toronto entered the game three points out of the final playoff spot in the North Division.  


Coming off a hat-trick performance Friday night in Bellville, Mason Marchment continued his hot streak early, as he beat Rochester (27-15-2-4) goaltender Andrew Hammond 52 seconds into the first period. 


Nic Petan and Teemu Kivihalme were credited with the assists on the goal that would later prove to be the game-winner.  


Marchment continued to be the story of the game throughout the second period, where he beat Hammond on the power play with only 39 seconds remaining. Marchment has now scored five goals in the last two games, pushing his goal total to 10 for the season.  


Marchment has found success over the last few games with his new line mates, Kenny Agostino and Nic Petan. After the game, he spoke about how he likes playing with the two forwards.


“They like to forecheck. They like to create space and I like to do the same. Those guys are really good players and we’ve seem to have found success,” says Marchment 


Marlies goaltender Joseph Woll made his 24th start of the season, and returned to action after coming in relief of Kasimir Kaskisuo Friday against the Bellveille Senators in the third period. Woll was sharp from the start and remained perfect, saving all 38 shots struck on goal by the Americans. 


The 38 save effort by Woll earns him his fourth shutout of the season. 


Marlies coach Greg Moore spoke about Woll’s stellar effort Saturday afternoon: 


“He came up big today. His body language was really calm. He was assertive. He was tracking the puck well. It was just a really good game for him today.” 


Matt Read and Joseph Duszak’s empty netters at 16:02 and 19:06 of the third period solidified the victory for the Marlies. 


After a relatively quiet first period, the game turned into a physical affair once the second period started. Rochester winger Dalton Smith took a double-minor roughing penalty off the opening faceoff to give the Marlies fifth ranked power play an opportunity to capitalize. The Marlies did not capitalize on the four-minute power play, instead, they gave up a 2 on 0 shorthanded breakaway to the Americans. Neither team executed their respective power play and shorthanded chances, and game remained 1-0 in the favour of the Marlies.    


Kenny Agostino was awarded a penalty shot with seven and a half minutes remaining in the second period after being take down on a breakaway by Americans defenceman Andrew MacWilliam. Hammond continued to be sharp since allowing the Marlies first goal, this time stopping Agostino on the penalty shot.  


Tension between the two teams grew to a new level late in the second period after Andrew MacWilliam’s hit on Kivihalme forced the Marlies defenceman to leave the game. Kivihalme returned to the game for the third period.  


The already tightly played game became a contest reliant on power play execution from both sides. The Marlies and Americans were a combined 1 for 6 on the power play in the second period. Until Marchment’s second goal of the game late in the period, the teams were scoreless on the power play through five attempts. Despite having the league’s second worst penalty kill, the Marlies shut the door on the Americans power play all game.  


The Marlies took a 2-0 lead to the third period and never looked back.  


Toronto entered the game giving up 3.36 goals per game, the fourth most in the AHL. The shutout from Woll tonight will surely bring the number down and improve the Marlies in the goal against category. 


With the victory, the Marlies end its three-game losing streak. Despite losing Friday to the Senators, Mason Marchment spoke after the game about the recent disappointments the team has faced: 


“We probably should have won yesterday too. We just didn’t lock it down.” 


Back in the win column, Toronto will host the Laval Rocket tomorrow afternoon to conclude its stint of three games in three nights.