Carter Ashton’s hat trick was the difference in a 5-2 Marlies win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday afternoon.
With three goals so far today Carter Ashton now has 13 goals in 16 games. Had only 11 in 53 games last season.
— Kyle Cicerella (@KyleTheReporter) March 2, 2014
Another player responding well to his demotion, Jerry D’Amigo added another assist (he’s been playing at a point-per-game pace for the last 12) in today’s win. Greg McKegg added two helpers while Brandon Kozun and TJ Brennan rounded out the scoring.
The Toronto Marlies defeated the Lake Erie Monsters, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, by a score of 5-2 this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Carter Ashton opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game on his 11th goal of the season. Ashton’s second goal of the game would give Toronto a 2-0 lead midway through the middle frame. Lake Erie would tie the game before the end of the period with Joey Hishon scoring at even strength and Mike Sgarbossa tallying on the powerplay. Carter Ashton completed the hat-trick just over six minutes into the third period to give the Marlies a one-goal lead. T.J. Brennan and Brandon Kozun added insurance markers to give the Marlies a 5-2 victory.
The Marlies return to the ice on Friday, March 7 when they travel to Cleveland for a 7 p.m. game against Lake Erie. For all Toronto Marlies ticket inquiries, please contact the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK (7825) or visit marlies.ca.
Toronto Goal Scorers: Carter Ashton (3; GWG), T.J. Brennan, Brandon Kozun
Lake Erie Goal Scorers: Joey Hishon, Mike Sgarbossa
· Toronto outshot Lake Erie 28-23
· Drew MacIntyre earned the victory while Calvin Pickard took the loss
· The Marlies went 0-for-3 on the powerplay and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill
All of a sudden the Leafs have some actual prospects who are NOT defencemen . Ashton, D'Amigo, Holland, Leivo, McKegg , maybe Connor Brown. Wonder how much longer Carlyle will be able to justify having Orr and McLellan on a roster who desparately need some help on lines three and moreso, on line four.