Toronto Marlies Game Report
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, January 29, 2018
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
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.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
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