1/14: Marlies This Week

1/14: Marlies This Week

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Your weekly Marlies release:

“Last Week:

The Marlies went 2-1-0-1 in their four game week. On Wednesday at Allstate Arena, the Marlies dropped a 9-3 decision to the Chicago Wolves. Nigel Dawes scored four of the Wolves’ nine goals in the game. It was the most goals the Marlies have allowed in their franchises’ history.

On Friday night in Rockford, the Marlies snapped their four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win. Nazem Kadri and Marcel Mueller each posted a goal and two helpers in the win. The following night in Milwaukee, the Marlies lost a 1-0 contest in a shootout. Ben Scrivens made 24 saves in the loss.

Toronto closed out their week on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Wolves. Matt Lashoff, Jerry D’Amigo and Jay Rosehill provided the goal scoring for the Marlies.

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Notes:

-Fabian Brunnstrom, acquired Thursday in return for Mikhail Stefanovich, will report to the Marlies in time for tonight’s tilt against Abbotsford. In 37 games played for the Texas Stars, Brunnstrom has recorded eleven goals and 21 points. The total puts Brunnstrom one back of the leading Marlies’ scorer, Mike Zigomanis.

– The Marlies are currently (2-1-0-2) on their nine game, 21-day road trip. It began on New Years Eve with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

– Marcel Mueller posted four points last week (one goal, three assists). Mueller had his six game point streak snapped on Saturday night in the team’s 1-0 shootout loss.

– Toronto posts a record of 12-7-0-5 away from Ricoh Coliseum so far this season. Their 12 road victories rank fourth (tie) in the AHL.

-Last season the Marlies finished with an 11-22-3-4 road record.

-The Marlies penalty killing continues to be strong, ranking sixth in the AHL with an 85.9% success rate.

– Ben Scrivens earned his first career AHL shutout on Saturday night in the Marlies 1-0 shootout loss in Milwaukee. Over his past five games, Scrivens has posted a 2-0-2 record with a 1.52 goals against average and a 0.949 save percentage.

– Nazem Kadri notched three points (one goal, two assists) on Friday night and was the game’s second star. Over his past seven games with the Marlies, the rookie forward has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists).

– Toronto holds a record of 6-2-0-4 against the West Division.

– Christian Hanson has notched points in four straight games (three goals, one assist). In 31 games this season, the second year forward has posted 10 goals, which ranks second on the club.

– Goaltender James Reimer has played solid for the Maple Leafs in five starts this season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 1.90 goals against average and 0.945 save percentage.

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Upcoming Opponents:

The Marlies play the Abbotsford Heat twice this weekend. Toronto holds a record of 2-1-0-0 record against the Heat so far this season. It will mark the first time that the Marlies travel to Abbotsford. Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. (EST) will air live on CBC. After losing the first meeting of the season, the Marlies have won the past two times they’ve faced their division rival. In their last matchup, James Reimer made 29 saves for the 2-0 shutout victory. Abbotsford currently ranks fourth
in the North Division with a record of 18-17-2-3 for 41 points. They’ve collected points in three straight games and are in the middle of a 10-game homestand.
Rookie forward Greg Nemisz paces the Heat in scoring with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists). The two clubs will meet again in mid- February when the Marlies travel back out to Abbotsford for another two-game set.

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Marlies Points Leaders:

Player GP G A Pts
Mike Zigomanis 33 5 17 22
Justin Hodgman 31 8 13 21
Christian Hanson 31 10 10 20
Marcel Mueller 39 7 13 20
Matt Lashoff 41 4 16 20
x Joey Crabb 34 11 7 18
Nazem Kadri 18 7 11 18
x Darryl Boyce 35 6 10 16

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North Division Standings:

Team GP W L OTL SOL Pts
Hamilton 39 21 13 1 4 47
Manitoba 37 21 12 0 4 46
Toronto 40 19 15 0 7 45
Abbotsford 40 18 17 2 3 41
Grand Rapids 40 17 18 1 4 39
Lake Erie 41 16 18 3 4 39
Rochester 39 17 18 2 2 38

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Reading Report:

The Reading Royals currently rank first in the Atlantic division with a record of 22-9-2. The Royals have won 20 of their past 25 games, and have picked up points in eight straight contests. Their 22 wins this season rank second in the entire ECHL. The Royals are back in action on Friday night when they host Toledo.”

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]