The Marlies have been faring just fine as of late without top scorers Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb. Your weekly release from the Marlies:
“The Marlies went 3-0-0-0 in their three games last week. They opened their week with a 2-1 victory over the Americans in Rochester on Friday night. Jerry Dâ€™Amigo scored the gamewinning goal with 2:28 remaining in regulation time while shorthanded. Greg Scott finished the game with a goal and a helper; while Mark Owuya made 26 saves for first star honours.
On Saturday, the Marlies beat the Amerks for the second straight day, 3-2.
Simon Gysbers lead the way with three points (one goal, two assists). Mike Zigomanis netted the game-winning goal late in the second period. Owuya made 32 saves for his second straight victory.
Toronto completed the weekend sweep with a 4-3 win over Peoria. Josh Engelâ€™s highlight reel goal held up to be the game-winning tally. Marcel Mueller and Nazem Kadri both finished with twopoint games in the win over the Rivermen.
– The Marlies are currently first in the North Division with a record of 10-5-2-1 for 23 points. Toronto has won four straight contests and has recorded nine out of a possible 10 points over their past five games. The Marlies will play three of their next four games away from Ricoh Coliseum.
– Joe Colborne ranks ninth in the AHL in points with 19, despite missing the last five of six games due to injury and recall by the Maple Leafs. Colborne ranks sixth (tie) in the league with 10 goals. He posted an assist in his first game of the season with the Maple Leafs on Saturday night against Washington and scored his first NHL goal against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
– Mark Owuya ranks first in the AHL with a 1.51 goals against average and is second with a 0.944 save percentage.
– Mike Zigomanis has recorded 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) so far this season. He ranks tied for fifth in the AHL in assists.
– Nazem Kadri has posted 10 (one goal, nine assists) points in his first 11 games of the season.
– Korbinian Holzer was recalled by the Maple Leafs on Saturday after scoring his first goal of the season against Rochester in the teamâ€™s 4-3 win.
– The Marlies penalty killing unit ranks first overall in the AHL with a 91.2% success rate. Toronto has only allowed power play goals in four of their first 18 games so far this season.
– The Marlies are 7-0-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
– The Marlies are the only team remaining in the AHL without a home regulation loss. Toronto is 6-0-1-0 at Ricoh Coliseum this season.
– Jesse Blacker leads all Marlie rookies with seven points.
The Marlies play a pair of games this weekend in St. Johnâ€™s against the IceCaps. The IceCaps rank first in their division with a record of 12-3-3-0 for 27 points. Their 0.750 winning percentage ranks first in the American Hockey League. Over their past 10 games, theyâ€™ve posted a 7-1-2-0 record. Rookie forward Carl Klingberg and Spencer Machacek pace St. Johnâ€™s with 15 points each. Klingberg ranks fourth (tie) in the AHL in rookie scoring. The IceCaps are a perfect 9-0-0-0 when they score the gameâ€™s opening goal; however, the Marlies post a record of 6-2-0-0 when their opponent scores the gameâ€™s opening goal. The IceCaps have struggled on their power play on home ice, connecting on only 11.1% of their opportunities through their first 10 home contests. The Marlies head to St. Johnâ€™s with the leagueâ€™s top penalty kill unit that is 93.3% on the road this season.
The Reading Royals rankÂ second in the AtlanticÂ Division with a 7-7-1-1Â record. Dale Mitchell scoredÂ his first goal of the season inÂ his season debut on SaturdayÂ in the Royals 5-3 loss toÂ Toledo. Mitchellâ€™s goal wasÂ scored while shorthanded.”