Marlies This Week is back at MLHS for the 2011-12 season. The baby Buds are off to a 3-1 start, highlighted by three-goal, seven-point weeks for Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb. Your weekly release from Marlies:
“The Marlies won two of their three games last weekend, including their home opener on Saturday in front of 6,084 fans. On Friday night, the Marlies dropped a 3-2 decision against the Griffins in Grand Rapids. Matt Lashoff and Joe Colborne each scored for the Marlies in the loss.
On Saturday, the Marlies defeated the Lake Erie Monsters, 5-3 behind Joey Crabb and Colborneâ€™s three point nights. Ben Scrivens made 26 saves; while Luca Caputiâ€™s first goal of the season held up to be the game winner. Marcel Mueller also tallied a two point game with a goal and an assist.
Toronto downed the Monsters for the second straight time on Sunday, winning 4-0. Jussi Rynnas earned the shutout making 21 saves and Jerry Dâ€™Amigo and Crabb both had three point games. Mike Zigomanis chipped in with two assists in the victory.
- The Marlies have opened their 2011-12 regular season by winning three of their first four games. Toronto currently ranks first in the North Division with six points.
- Torontoâ€™s penalty killing unit remains perfect this season, killing off all 16 man advantages against them.
- Joe Colborne ranks tied for seventh in the AHL in points with seven (three goals, four assists). In three games this weekend, Colborne recorded six points and a plus-6 rating.
- Joey Crabb also ranks seventh (tie) in the AHL in points with seven (three goals, four assists). Over his past two games, Crabb has registered six points.
- Jussi Rynnas, making his first start since April 10, 2011 turned aside 21 shots for the shutout on Sunday afternoon.
- The Marlies have out-scored their opponents 9-3 on home ice through their first two games at Ricoh Coliseum.
- Jerry Dâ€™Amigo recorded three points (one goal, two assists) on Sunday in the teamâ€™s 4-0 win.
- Toronto will play their next three games at home before hitting the road for nine straight road contests.
- Ben Scrivens started in the Marlies first three games this season and has earned a record of 2-1-0 with a 2.69 goals against average and 0.901 save percentage.
- Toronto ranks third in the Western Conference in both goals for (14) and goals against (eight).
- On Sunday the Marlies recalled forward Kyle Neuber from the Reading Royals. Neuber made his Marlies debut against the Monsters on Sunday.
The Marlies host the Rochester Americans on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. After dropping their first two games this season, the Americans have a pair of victories through their first four games and are tied with Hamilton with four points in the division. Rookie Zach Kassian paces the Amerks with five points (three goals, two assists). The game on Saturday will mark the first of 10 meetings between the two clubs.
Toronto hosts the Lake Erie Monsters for the third time in eight days on Sunday at 5 pm. The Marlies picked up a pair of wins over the Monsters last weekend. Lake Erie is still winless through their first five games and has only scored five goals. The Monsters are 0-for-19 on the power play. Toronto will travel to Cleveland on Oct. 28 and 30 to play the Monsters to begin a nine game road trip.”