Toronto Marlies vs Charlotte Checkers Game Report Sunday, January 6, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Final Score: Charlotte Checkers (5) Toronto Marlies (0)
Toronto— It was a rough night for the Toronto Marlies on Sunday as they were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers in a one-sided game.
This was the Toronto Marlies’ third game in three nights and the team hoped to improve their record at home (8-8-2-0) and their overall AHL record (17-13-3-2).
Marlies forward Jeremy Bracco came into this game with a three-game point-streak that saw him collect 6-assists in that span. Chris Mueller also came into this game after recording his milestone 500th AHL point in yesterday’s win over Syracuse.
At first, it didn’t look as though having three games in three nights affected the Marlies; they had a few scoring opportunities but weren’t able to capitalize. That all changed once Charlotte started gaining more momentum offensively.
The Checkers got on the score sheet first after a turnover allowed Trevor Carrick to score his sixth of the season past Kasimir Kaskisuo. The Checkers’ Andrew Poturalski scored his 15th goal of the season when he put the puck in the back of the net following a scramble in front of the Marlies net, to make it 2-0.
Marlies forward Dmytro Timashov was awarded a penalty shot after he was taken down on a breakaway with 3:36 left in the first period but was unable to beat Checkers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.
Julien Gauthier added another goal to give Charlotte the 3-0 lead heading into the second period and his 11th of the season. The Checkers made the most of their opportunities even though they were outshot 12-10 in the first period.
Toronto were a lot better in the second period however, Charlotte were still able to add another goal when Necus scored his 9th goal of the season at 15:33, giving the Checkers a 4-0 lead.
In the third period, Charlotte picked up right where they left off; it took them a little over six-minutes to increase the lead to 5-0, when Nastasiuk scored a one-timer following a 2-on-1 break.
With the loss, Toronto’s home record drops to 8-9-3-2.
CHA T. Carrick (1st Period, 8:22)
CHA A. Poturalski (1st Period, 13:19)
CHA J. Gauthier (1st Period, 19:13)
CHA M. Necus (2nd Period, 15:33)
CHA Z. Nastasiuk (3rd Period)
Notable Marlies stats
Chris Mueller – leads Marlies with 38pts in 33 games
Jeremy Bracco- 36pts in 33 games and has point streak since Dec 31
Sam Gagner- 29pts in 28 games this season
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