12/15: Marlies This Week

12/15: Marlies This Week

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Photo: JP Dhanoa/Oye! Times

The Marlies keep on rolling. Nazem Kadri, Marcel Mueller and Mike Zigomanis are tied for the team points scoring lead at 22, while Joe Colborne has two assists in two games since returning to the AHL and sits at 21 in 15 games played. Your weekly release from the Marlies:

“The Marlies won both their games last week and extended their lead in the North Division standings. On Friday night the Marlies defeated the Bulldogs in Hamilton, 2-1. Jerry D’Amigo’s second period goal held up to be the game-winner. Greg Scott scored the other Marlies goal, which came on the power play. Ben Scrivens made 26 saves for his fifth win of the season.

On Saturday, Toronto scored four special teams goals to beat the Albany Devils, 4-1. The Marlies power play scored three times on six attempts. Scott led the charge for the Marlies, notching a goal (shorthanded) and an assist for first star honours. Scrivens picked up the win, making 26 saves and was the game’s second star. Joe Colborne notched an assist in his second straight game. Nazem Kadri and Josh Engel were the other two Marlie goal scorers.

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Notes:

- The Marlies are currently first in the North Division with a record of 15-7-3-1 for 34 points. Toronto has won their past two games and is 7-2-1-0 over their past 10 contests. The Marlies rank second in the AHL with a 0.654 points percentage.

- Nazem Kadri has recorded a point in 10 of his past 12 games, notching eight goals and 10 assists during that span. Kadri ranks tied for first on the Marlies with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists).

- Ben Scrivens has won his past two starts, compiling a 0.962 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average during that span. In eight games this season, Scrivens has posted a record of 6-2-0 to go along with a 2.26 goals against average and 0.920 save percentage.

- Greg Scott has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) over his past four games. Scott was the game’s first star on Saturday in Toronto’s 4-1 win over Albany.

- Marcel Mueller has notched 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) over his past 15 games. Mueller ranks tied for first on the club in points.

- The Marlies penalty killing unit ranks second overall in the AHL with an 86.6% success rate.

- The Marlies are 12-0-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.

- Toronto holds a record of 8-2-1 when their opponent scores the game’s opening goal.

- Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton has collected seven points (three goals, four assists) over his past seven games. Hamilton leads the team in power play goals with four.

- The Marlies power play has scored a goal in nine of their past 10 games, including scoring three goals on Saturday against Albany.

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Upcoming Opponents:

The Marlies kick off their four game road trip on Friday night with a tilt against the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center. The Admirals rank second in the Midwest Division with a record of 15-7-0-1. They have gone 7-3-0-0 over their past 10 games and hold a record of 8-4-0-0 on home ice this season.

On Saturday, the Marlies travel to Peoria to take on the Rivermen. Toronto defeated the Rivermen, 4-3 on November 20 at Ricoh Coliseum. Josh Engel’s first of the season was the game-winner and Jussi Rynnas made 27 saves for the win. Rivemen forward T.J. Hensick ranks third (tie) in the AHL with 33 points.

Toronto takes on the Chicago Wolves on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The game will mark the first of two meetings between the two clubs. The Wolves hold a record of 11-9-1-3 so far this season.

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The Reading Report:

The Reading Royals rank fourth in the Atlantic Division with an 8-12-3-2 record. Mark Owuya made 55 saves on Friday night in the Royals 4-2 win over Wheeling. In eight games with the Royals, Dale Mitchell has recorded six goals and one assist.”

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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]