Toronto Plays the Lake Erie Monsters Twice this Week & Look to Snap Three Game Losing Skid
Opponents This Week:
(Nov. 18): The Marlies will face the Adirondack Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second and final meeting between the Phantoms and Marlies this season. In their first meeting at Ricoh Coliseum, the Marlies blanked the Phantoms 3-0 for Joey Macdonald’s first shutout as a Marlie. Ryan Hamilton tallied two goals and was the game’s first star and Juraj Mikus added the other Marlie goal. The Adirondack Phantoms sit sixth in the East Division with a 7-6-1-0 record for 15 points. The Phantoms post a record of 5-2-1-0 at home this season. Last season the Phantoms finished the 2008-2009 regular season with a 43-30-2-5 record for 93 points, good for the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Marlies won both their games against the Phantoms last season, outscoring the Phantoms by a combined score of 9-1. Adam Munro started both games against the Phantoms stopping 41 of 42 shots for a 0.976 save percentage. Centre Jon Matsumoto currently leads the team in scoring with 13 points (six goals, seven assists). Matsumoto ranked first (tie) in goals scored with 29 and second in points (63) last year for the Philadelphia Phantoms. Former Marlies head coach Greg Gilbert, who coached the Marlies for the previous three seasons, is now the bench boss for the Phantoms. Wednesday night’s game will mark Gilbert’s 900th career game behind the bench. On October 20 the Phantoms acquired forward Stefan Legein, second round pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft, from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Michael Ratchuk. Legein was an OHL Second Team All-Star during the 2007-2008 Season.
(Nov. 20 & 22): The Marlies will take on the Lake Erie Monsters, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, twice this week, with the first matchup coming on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. The two games this week will be the second and third time the two clubs face each other. The Monsters and Marlies will meet four times in total during the month of November. The Marlies picked up a 3-2 victory in Cleveland last Friday night over the Monsters. Christian Hanson led the way for Toronto with a goal and two assists; while Viktor Stalberg also tallied a goal and an assist. James Reimer made 26 saves for the win. Last season, the Marlies earned a 3-5-0-0 record against Lake Erie, and went 1-3-0-0 at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Marlies hold an all-time regular season record of 10-6-0-1 against the Monsters. The Lake Erie Monsters currently sit seventh in the North Division with a 7-9-0-1 record for 15 points. The Monsters have a perfect 6-0-0-0 record when taking the lead into the third period this season. Right-Winger Darren Haydar, born in Milton, Ontario is tied for the team lead in scoring at 13 points (six goals, seven assists) with Chris Durno, who along with captain Brian Willsie, were recently returned on loan by the Colorado Avalanche. Haydar won the AHL’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2006-07 campaign, leading the league with 122 points (41 goals, 81 assists) in 73 games. Chris Durno holds the longest goal-scoring streak in the AHL this season at five games. During those five games, Durno notched six goals and three assists for nine points.
(Nov. 21): The Marlies return to Ricoh Coliseum after a six-game road trip on Saturday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. contest against the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. The Griffins currently post a record of 10-5-0-0 for 20 points and rank fifth in the North Division. The match-up will be the third of six meetings between the two division rivals, with each team winning a game on home ice earlier in the season. Former Marlie Kris Newbury leads the Griffins in scoring this season with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 15 games. Newbury is the Marlies’ all-time leading scorer in the regular season, racking up 168 points (56 goals, 112 assists) in 198 career games. Right-winger Jeremy Williams, another former Marlie, ranks eighth (tie) in the AHL with eight goals. Griffins’ rookie Tomas Tatar earned an assist in his debut on October 18. Tatar, 18, became the youngest player to skate in the AHL this season. Daniel Larsson’s five game winning streak, during which he’s posted a 1.77 goals-against average and 0.945 save percentage, is a personal high. Marlies assistant head coach, Derek King played four seasons in Grand Rapids (1999-2000; 2002-04), and ranks seventh on their all-time games played list with 264. King ranks third on their all-time goals list (73), fourth in assists (130) and points (203), and second with a plus-71 rating. The Griffins nine-game winning streak (Oct. 23 – Nov. 13), snapped by Rochester on Saturday, tied for the second-longest run in their franchise history, falling two shy of the record set in March 2006.
The Past Week: The Marlies played two games last week and went 0-1-0-1 with both contests against the Manitoba Moose. On Friday night at the MTS Centre, the Marlies lost 5-1 to their North Division rivals. Ryan Hamilton scored the lone Marlie goal and Joey MacDonald suffered his second loss of the season, making 27 saves in the defeat. The following night the Marlies dropped a 2-1 contest in a shootout. James Reimer sparkled in the loss, making 34 saves and was named the game’s second star. Tyler Bozak scored the only Marlie goal in the game. Toronto was out-shot by a combined total of 68-40 in both games over the weekend. The Marlies currently rank sixth in the North Division with a record of 6-5-1-2 for 15 points.
Another Brick in the Wall: James Reimer has guided the Marlies to gain at least a point in each of his past three starts with a record of 2-0-1 during that stretch. Over his past three starts, he’s recorded a 0.949 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average. Reimer turned aside 34 saves and was named the games second star of the night in the Marlies 2-1 shootout loss to the Moose on Saturday night. In five games this season, Reimer has a record of 3-1-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average and 0.922 save percentage. Joey MacDonald was in goal for Toronto’s 5-1 loss to Manitoba on Friday night at the MTS Centre. He currently holds a record of 2-2-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average and 0.913 save percentage.
Hanson Catching Fire: Christian Hanson currently ranks fourth (tie) in the American Hockey League in rookie scoring with 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Hanson paces the Marlies in points and power play goals. Hanson is the lone Marlie to register more than one, three-point game this season. The Venetia, PA native ranks first (tie) out of all active Marlies with a plus-three rating. Hanson ranks first on the Marlies in multi-point games with five and has notched two, three-point contests.
Hammer Time: Ryan Hamilton has notched at least a point in four of his past seven games and currently ranks first (tie) on club with six goals. Hamilton scored the lone goal for the Marlies on Friday night in the team’s 5-1 loss. He currently ranks fourth on the club with nine points (six goals, three assists). He paces the Marlies with two game-winning markers. The Oshawa, Ontario native has two multi-point games this season.
Jiri Back At It: Jiri Tlusty ranks third on the Marlies with 10 points (six goals, four assists) and has earned a point in six of his past nine games. He ranks second on the team with four multi-point games. Tlusty’s four power play points (two goals, two assists) leads all Marlie skaters. Last season he ranked second on the team and 19th in the AHL with 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists). Tlusty made his Maple Leafs season debut on October 30 in Buffalo.
Killing Time: The Marlies penalty killing unit has only allowed one power play goal over their past six games. During that span they’ve successfully killed 28-of-29 penalties against them. Over the weekend in Manitoba, the Marlies went a perfect 12-for-12 against the Moose. Their penalty killing currently ranks eighth (tie) in the American Hockey League with an 87.1 percent success rate.
Multi-Point Games: The Marlies had no players record multi-point games over the weekend in Manitoba. Christian Hanson and Mike Zigomanis both lead the team with five multi-point games each this season.
Reading Report: The Toronto Maple Leafs ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals currently rank second in the East Division with a 7-4-1-1 record for 16 points. The Royals have won six of their past eight games. Stefano Giliati ranks first on the Royals and 16th in the ECHL in points with 15 (seven goals, eight assists). He ranks first on the Royals in goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (15). Andrew Engelage has appeared in two games for Reading this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 with a 2.88 goals-against average and 0.872 save percentage. This week the Royals travel to Estero, Florida for the first time in team history where they will face the Florida Everblades.
Behind The Bench: The Marlies have a brand new coaching staff this season. Dallas Eakins was named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies on August 4, 2009. Eakins previously served as the Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. Gord Dineen and Derek King will both be behind the bench as Eakins’ assistants. Dineen spent the 2008-09 as the head coach with the Iowa Chops. King returns to the organization after playing 161 games for the Maple Leafs from 1997 to 2000 during which he scored 45 goals and 53 assists for 98 points.
MARLIES QUICK HITS:
– Carl Gunnarsson made his NHL debut on Saturday night for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gunnarsson recorded three shots and had 21:18 minutes of ice-time in the Maple Leafs 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. In 12 games with the Marlies, Gunnarsson registered two assists and two penalty minutes.
– Tyler Bozak has recorded a point in back-to-back games. On Friday night he assisted on Ryan Hamilton’s sixth goal of the season. Bozak scored the only Marlie goal of the night on Saturday in Toronto’s 2-1 shootout loss. In 12 games this season, he has tallied six points (two goals, four assists).
– Brennan Evans’ 66 penalty minutes currently ranks second in the AHL for defencemen.
– When the Marlies return to Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday, they will begin a six-game homestand and will play their next 10 of 11 games at home. Their lone road game during that stretch is against Hamilton on December 4.
– The Marlies announced on Monday that they released Adam Munro from his PTO contract. In five games, Munro went 1-2-1 with a 2.71 goals-against average and 0.919 save percentage.
– The Marlies have been out-scored 23-8 in the second period through 14 games this season.
Reebok/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
For the week ending November 15, 2009, the Toronto Marlies nominated forward Tyler Bozak for consideration as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Bozak was the only Marlie player to record a point in each of the club’s two games over the weekend against Manitoba. On Friday night he set up Ryan Hamilton for the team’s lone goal of the night and on Saturday, Bozak fired home his second goal of the season.
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MARLIES UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
Saturday, November 21 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – Movember/Boy Scouts Night
Sunday, November 22 vs. Lake Erie Monsters – Leafs Practice Day at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25 vs. Lake Erie Monsters – School Day Game at 11:00 a.m.
Friday, November 13 at Manitoba
Marlies Get Hunted By Moose in First Meeting
Marlies Goal: Hamilton (6)
Moose Goals: Murray (4), Rosa (5), Bootland (1), Shirokov (6), Petruic (1)
Three Stars: 1. Rosa (MTB), 2. Ramsay (MTB), 3. Murray (MTB)
Recap: Manitoba’s three goal second period was too much for the Marlies to overcome as they dropped their second consecutive game on Friday night, 5-1. After falling behind 1-0, Ryan Hamilton scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Tyler Bozak and Jonas Frogren each collected assists on Hamilton’s goal. The Moose scored four unanswered goals to down the Marlies 5-1. Joey MacDonald made 27 saves for his second loss of the season. The Marlies penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6 in the game; while the power was 0-for-5. Andre Deveaux had a Marlies season-high 21 penalty minutes in the game.
Saturday, November 14 at Manitoba
Marlies Drop Third Straight Game in Shootout, 2-1
Marlies Goal: Bozak (2)
Moose Goals: Shirokov (7), Walsky (SOW)
Three Stars: 1. Walsky (MTB), 2. Reimer (TOR), 3. Schneider (MTB)
Recap: The Marlies had their losing streak extended to three games with their 2-1 shootout loss to the Moose on Saturday night. Tyler Bozak received a pass in the slot from Brennan Evans and buried his second goal of the season. Andre Deveaux picked up the second assist on Bozak’s first period goal. The Moose would tie the game in the second period on a goal by Sergei Shirokov. The game went into a shootout and Jiri Tlusty was the lone Marlie to score in it. Manitoba’s Eric Walsky beat James Reimer for the game-winning shootout tally. Reimer made 34 saves and was named the game’s second star of the night.
COMING THIS WEEK BOX OFFICE REPORT
Wed., Nov. 18 Toronto Marlies at Adirondack Phantoms 7:00 pm Glens Fall Civic Center TICKETS 518-480-3355
Fri., Nov. 20 Toronto Marlies at Lake Erie Monsters 7:30 pm Quicken Loans Arena TICKETS 216-420-0000
Sat., Nov. 21 Grand Rapids Griffins at Toronto Marlies 4:00 pm Ricoh Coliseum TICKETS 416-597-7825
Sun., Nov. 22 Lake Erie Monsters @ Toronto Marlies 4:00 pm Ricoh Coliseum TICKETS 416-597-7825
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