Toronto Marlies Game Report- April 5
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, April 5, 2019
Toronto Marlies (2) @ Utica Comets (1)
Toronto: M. Marchment (12) PP (M. Carcone, J. Subban), A. Brooks (20) SH (N. Baptiste, J. Subban)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (23/24)
Utica: B. Woods (6) (A. Thow)
Goaltender: M. Leighton (14/14), M. Mazanec (5/7)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Mason Marchment scored on the power play at 16:43 of the second period. Marchment has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 42 games. This is his second game since returning from 25 games out due to injury.
- Adam Brooks scored the shorthanded game-winner at 18:35 of the third period. This is Brooks’ fifth game-winning goal of the season. Toronto is 14-2-0-2 when Brooks registers a goal.
- Michael Carcone recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s second period power play goal. Carcone has 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) through 60 games this season.
- Jordan Subban registered the secondary assists on Marchment’s second period power play goal and Brooks’ third period shorthanded game-winner. Subban has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 45 games this season.
- Nicholas Baptiste picked up the primary assist on Brooks’ shorthanded goal in the third period. Baptiste has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last six games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 11-9-3-1 on the season with a .893 Save Percentage and a 3.11 Goals Against Average.
- Toronto clinched a spot in the Calder Cup tournament for the eighth straight season and 11th in franchise history with their win tonight combined with the Belleville Senators’ loss.
- This is Sheldon Keefe’s 300th game as head coach in the AHL. Through his four seasons, he has a record of 188-86-18-8 and 0.669 winning percentage.
- Toronto is 23-10-4-2 since January 4 and have outscored their opponents 123-107, facing 17 different teams. In 29 of 39 games, Toronto has earned a point (52).
- Toronto was 6-for-6 for on the penalty kill and was 1-for-4 on the power play. Adam Brooks scored his second and Toronto’s ninth shorthanded goal of the season.
- Utica had a 24-21 edge in shots in all situations. Michael Carcone led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 26-14-7-3 against North Division opponents and finish the season 4-2-0-0 against the Comets. Toronto has outscored Utica 27-21 through six contests.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: C. Mueller (32)
- Assists: J. Bracco (55)*
- Points: J. Bracco (75)
- PPG: C. Mueller (15)
- Shots: P. Engvall (153)
- +/-: C. Mueller (+9)
- PIMS: M. Marchment, S. Oleksy (60)
- The Marlies are 13-7-3-1 when tied after the first period and 28-1-2-1 when leading after the second period.
- Toronto is 18-13-3-2 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies 11-5-2-2 in Friday games and are 1-1-0-0 in April.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Colin Greening (knee) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the third period on March 10 against Bridgeport and did not return.
- Vincent LoVerde (knee) did not dress for tonight’s game. He left Toronto’s game in the second period against Rochester on March 24 and did not return.
- April 4: Recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- April 4: Reassigned goaltender Eamon McAdam by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL) to Toronto (AHL).
April 1: Signed defenceman Alex Basso to ATO.
- April 1: Signed goaltender Zachary Bouthillier to ATO.
- April 1: Signed forward Erik Brown to ATO.
- April 1: Reassigned forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev by Toronto (NHL) from Peterborough (OHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On clinching a playoff spot:
It’s nice to have some certainty to it. We knew we were close but we never took anything for granted. It’s been a challenging season for us in many way and so you just want to make sure you take care of things while you can. In the fashion that we did here today, that two points is a gutsy effort for our guys there in the third period – what a play by Adam Brooks, to seal it for us and give us the goal and then we get some help out of town but the guys did the work we needed to do today and I’m proud of them for doing so.
On the team facing adversity this season:
There’s definitely been a lot of adversity this year, lots of twists and turns, lots of ups and downs, lot of people that contributed in a great way to our team that are no longer with us. But whomever we brought in or brought up, guys just found a way. When there was an issue somewhere in our game, somewhere else stepped up and found a way to get points and scratch and claw, today’s win is a good example of that. The players bring a lot of work and deal with a lot and you can see with a lot of teams when they face such adversity, you lose players to injury or whatever it might be, things can get away from you and our group didn’t allow it to happen. Credit to them for doing so and we’re going to give ourselves a week here to help prepare us for the playoffs. We know we’re going to be facing a great challenge but with this group of guys, we’re going to do all we can to prepare and get ready to play.
April 6 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
April 10 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
April 13 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
April 14 vs Cleveland – 4:00 p.m. ET