Your weekly release from the Marlies:
The Marlies hosted three games over the weekend and picked up a pair of victories over the Abbotsford Heat. On Friday night the Marlies defeated the Heat 6-4 at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto got scoring from six different players and Jussi Rynnas made 31 saves for his third straight win. All four of Abbotsfordâ€™s goals were scored while on the power play.
James Reimer lifted the Marlies to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Heat on
Saturday with a 29 save performance. Joey Crabb and Dale Mitchell scored the two Marlie goals.
On Sunday the Marlies had their five game winnings streak snapped by the Chicago Wolves. Dale Mitchell scored the lone goal. The Wolves scored a pair of shorthanded goals. Jussi Rynnas’ three game winning streak was snapped in the loss.
– Joey Crabb had his five-game point streak snapped on Sunday in the Marlies 5-1 loss to the Wolves. Crabb paces the Marlies with 10 goals and ranks tied for second on the club with 14 points.
– James Reimer turned aside all 29 shots he faced on Saturday afternoon for his second shutout of the season. Reimer, making his first start since November 13, was named the gameâ€™s first star.
– After starting 2-6-0-0 in October, the Marlies have posted a record of 12-3-0-3. In mid-November they ranked last in the North Division; however, they now sit just one point out of first place.
– Toronto hasnâ€™t lost a game in regulation on the road when taking a lead into the third period (7-0-0-1).
– Dale Mitchell has scored in back-to-back games for Toronto.
– The Marlies penalty killing unit ranks sixth in the AHL with an 86.9% success rate. Theyâ€™ve only allowed six power play goals in 13 road games (88.7%), ranking fourth in the league.
– The Marlies allow the fifth least amount of goals per game in the league at 2.58 per contest.
– Toronto holds a record of 12-3-0-2 when being out-shot by their opponents. The Marlies allow an average of 32.6 shots per-game, which is the sixth most in the league.
– Josh Engel paces all defenceman in the AHL in game winning goals with three.
– The Marlies will play six of their next seven games away from Ricoh Coliseum.
– Brayden Irwin notched his second multi-point game on Friday night with a goal and a helper versus the Heat.
The Marlies kick off their four game road trip on Wednesday night with a tilt
against the AHLâ€™s best team, the W-B/Scranton Penguins. It will mark the first of two meetings between the two clubs. The Penguins hold a record of 20-4-0-
0 and have won their past five games in a row.
On Saturday night the Marlies take their talents to Cleveland to battle the Monsters. Lake Erie currently sits in third place in the North Division, two
points behind the Marlies. The Monsters defeated Toronto in their previous matchup at Quicken Loans Arena, 2-1. Rookie forward Mark Olver paces Lake Erie with 19 points.
Toronto finishes the weekend with a 1 pm tilt against the Bulldogs in Hamilton on Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on CBC. The Bulldogs lead the
North Division and sit one point ahead of Toronto with a record of 14-6-1-3 for 32 points.
The Reading Royals currently rank second in the Atlantic division with a
record of 13-7-0. The Royals have won 10 of their past 12 games. Robert Slaney was the gameâ€™s first star on Saturday in the Royals 3-2 win over Trenton. Slaney scored the game-winner in the third period.”