Toronto Marlies Game Report - December 28 @ Rochester
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, December 29, 2018
TORONTO MARLIES (1) @ ROCHESTER AMERICANS (5)
Toronto: C. Mueller (14) PP (S. Gagner, D. Timashov)
Goaltender: E. McAdam (22/27)
Rochester: W. Simpson (11) SH (E. Cornel), Z. Redmond (15) PP (K. Criscuolo, V. Olofsson), B. Guhle (4) (V. Olofsson, D. O’Regan), J. Bailey (8) (S. Malone, D. Smith)
Goaltender: S. Wedgewood (35/36)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Chris Mueller opened the scoring for the Marlies at 16:50 of the second period on the power play. Mueller has recorded 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) on the power play. Mueller had a season-high 11 shots on goal.
- Sam Gagner registered the primary assist on Mueller’s second period goal. Gagner has 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) through 24 games.
- Dmytro Timashov recorded the secondary assist on Mueller’s second period goal. Timashov has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 29 games this season.
- Eamon McAdam stopped 22 of 27 shots he faced. McAdam is now 7-4-2-1 on the season with a .891 Save Percentage and a 2.99 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto went 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-8 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 36-27 edge in shots in all situations.
- Chris Mueller led the Marlies with 11 shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-11-3-2 against North Division opponents and are 0-1-0-1 against the Rochester Americans this season.
- Toronto will play eight games split evenly between home and the road over 16 days from December 28 to January 12. They will face the Rochester Americans three times, the Charlotte Checkers twice as well as the Syracuse Crunch, Binghamton Devils and the Utica Comets through this span.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: C. Mueller (14)
- Assists: J. Bracco (20)
- Points: C. Mueller (32)
- PPG: C. Mueller (6)
- Shots: T. Moore (92)
- +/-: C. Grundstrom, M. Marchment, C. Rosen (+4)
- PIMS: M. Marchment (44)
- The Marlies are 4-3-0-0 when tied after the first period and 1-12-1-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 8-7-2-1 when leading their opponent in shots.
- The Marlies are 4-3-1-2 in Friday games and 6-6-0-0 in through December.
- Adam Brooks, Jeremy Bracco and Pierre Engvall (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game.
- Timothy Liljegren (ankle) did not dress for tonight’s game. He is week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.
- Andreas Borgman (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game on December 19 vs. Binghamton and did not return.
- Rasmus Sandin (World Juniors) did not dress for tonight’s game.
- December 28: Recalled forward Derian Plouffe from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- December 27: Recalled forward Trevor Moore from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- December 27: Returned defenceman Alex Gudbranson on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- December 27: Returned forward Scott Pooley on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- December 26: Recalled forward Griffen Molino from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I liked our first period. I thought we had plenty of opportunities to score first which I thought would have been real key to the game today. Coming on the road today and having seven regulars out of the lineup and you’re just trying to find something to rally around. I thought the guys gave us a good start. We didn’t surrender a shot for the first 10 minutes or so of the game. Any time they had chances, I thought we recovered really well. We had power plays early but couldn’t score first and to give them the shorthanded gift there to score first in the game is probably the worst-case scenario for us. Special teams, much like scoring first, special teams would be a real factor again here today. I think the bodies we were missing really kind of showed themselves on special teams
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET
January 4 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
January 5 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 6 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
January 9 vs Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET