Wednesday’s School Day Game at 11:00 a.m. is First of Three This Season
Opponents This Week:
(Nov. 25): The Marlies will take on the Lake Erie Monsters, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, on Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum at 11:00 a.m. The game will mark the fourth meeting between the Monsters and Marlies this season, and the third contest in the past six days. The Marlies have defeated the Monsters in all three games so far this season. On Sunday, Toronto erased a two-goal, third period deficit and won 3-2 in a shootout. James Reimer has been in goal for all three victories over Lake Erie this season. On Sunday, Reimer made 30 saves and was named the game’s first star. In the past two games between the two clubs, Alex Foster has tallied four goals and Christian Hanson has recorded five points (three goals, two assists). The Marlies hold an all-time regular season record of 12-6-0-1 against the Monsters. The Lake Erie Monsters currently sit seventh in the North Division with a 7-10-0-2 record for 16 points. The Monsters had a perfect 6-0-0-0 record when taking the lead into the third, but the Marlies ended that on Sunday. Right-Winger Darren Haydar, born in Milton, Ontario is tied for the team lead in scoring at 14 points (six goals, eight assists) with Chris Durno (eight goals, six assists). Durno scored one of the Monsters two goals on Sunday afternoon against the Marlies. 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. 27): The Marlies continue their homestand against the Binghamton Senators, AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The Marlies will play the Senators twice this season, with each team playing once at home. Binghamton currently sits second in the East Division with a 9-8-2-1 record for 21 points. Last season, the Marlies played two games against the Senators for a 1-0-0-1 record, with each team earning a victory on the road. Last season, the Binghamton Senators finished fifth in the East Division with a 41-30-5-4 record for 91 points. The Senators also ranked fifth in the AHL (tie) in penalty minutes with 1610. The Marlies hold an all-time regular season record of 6-4-2-2 against Binghamton. Right winger Ryan Keller leads the team in scoring with 22 points (13 goals, nine assists). Keller ranks first in the league in goals with 13 and fourth in points (22). Keller returns to the AHL after two seasons in the Finnish National League. Martin St. Pierre ranks fifth in the AHL in points with 21 (eight goals, 13 assists). Erik Karlsson, selected 15th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators ranks third (tie) in assists (eight) among rookie defenseman. Binghamton goaltender Mike Brodeur holds a 2.73 goals against average with a 0.907 save percentage and ranks fourth in the AHL (tie) with two shutouts.
(Nov. 28): The Marlies face-off against the Houston Aeros, AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. contest. The Aeros currently post a record of 10-10-1-0 for 21 points and rank fourth in the West Division. Last season, the Marlies played two games against the Aeros for a 1-0-0-1 record, with each team winning on home-ice. Houston’s penalty-killing on the road is ranked first in the league with a 94.3% success rate. Aeros’ goaltender Anton Khudobin ranks second in the league with a 1.61 goals against average and eighth with a 0.932 save percentage. Khudobin’s shutout on Wednesday against Peoria put him in a tie for the most shutouts in the league with three. The game will be a return home for former Marlie Jaime Sifers who signed with the Minnesota Wild organization during the off-season. Sifers has skated in 14 games with the Aeros this season, registering three assists and seven penalty minutes. The former assistant captain ranks second on the Marlies all-time games played list (205). Another former Marlie Robbie Earl started the season with the Houston Aeros netting eight points (five goals, three assists) in 15 games before being recalled on loan by the Minnesota Wild. On November 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Earl scored two goals, the first and second goals of his NHL career. Current Marlies forward, Ryan Hamilton, skated in 163 career games with Houston and registered 67 points (35 goals, 32 assists).
A Look Back: The Marlies finished their six-game road trip and went 2-2-0-0 in four games last week. The week started on Wednesday with a 2-0 loss in Adirondack, but on Friday night in Cleveland, the Marlies won by their largest margin of the season, 7-1 over the Lake Erie Monsters. Christian Hanson led the way with his first career hat-trick and finished the night with four points (three goals, one assist). Tyler Bozak and Jiri Tlusty both recorded three assist games. On Saturday afternoon, the Griffins scored three power play goals to lift them to a 6-3 win at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies closed out the week on Sunday with a thrilling comeback win over the Monsters, 3-2 in a shootout. Alex Foster extended his goal scoring streak to three games. The Marlies currently rank sixth in the North Division with an 8-7-1-2 record for 19 points.
Foster The Statistics: On Monday afternoon, the American Hockey League announced that Alex Foster was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 22. In three games, Foster recorded six points (five goals, one assist) and a plus-two rating. He’s currently on a three-game goal streak which started on Friday night with a two-goal game against Lake Erie. Foster had missed the previous 10 games due to injury. In eight games this season, the Marlies assistant captain has registered six goals and two assists.
Another Brick in the Wall: James Reimer has guided the Marlies to at least a point in each of his past five starts, with a record of 4-0-1 during that stretch. Over his past four starts, he’s recorded a 0.948 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average. Reimer turned aside 30 saves for his team-leading fifth win of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Monsters. In seven games this season, Reimer has a record of 5-1-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average and 0.928 save percentage. Reimer ranks ninth in save percentage in the American Hockey League and 10th in goals-against average.
Home Sweet Home: The Marlies returned home on Saturday for their first game at Ricoh Coliseum since November 1. With their win on Sunday, Toronto has won three of their last four games at home and has earned at least a point in four of their previous five contests. The Marlies have out-scored their opponents 13-10 in their past four home games. The Marlies hold a 5-2-1-0 advantage at Ricoh Coliseum this season. Toronto is playing their third contest of a six game homestand.
Hanson Catching Fire: Christian Hanson had the biggest night of his professional career on Friday night against the Monsters. He registered his first career AHL hat-trick and added an assist for four points. Hanson was named the game’s first star as he helped snap the Marlies four-game losing streak. He currently ranks second in the American Hockey League in rookie scoring with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). Hanson paces the Marlies in points, goals and power play goals (three). Hanson is the lone Marlie to register more than one, three-point game this season. The Venetia, PA native ranks first on the Marlies with a plus-four rating. Hanson ranks first on the Marlies in multi-point games with six.
New Faces: The Marlies received Brett Festerling, Troy Bodie and Matt Beleskey on loan from the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Bodie and Festerling both made their Marlie debuts on Friday night against the Monsters. Festerling has registered a point in both games (two assists) that he’s skated in for the Marlies. The three players had previously been playing for the San Antonio Rampage.
Jiri Back At It: Jiri Tlusty ranks second on the Marlies with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and has earned a point in eight of his past 12 games. On Sunday afternoon he scored the game tying goal, and the shootout winner. He ranks second on the team with five multi-point games. Tlusty’s six power play points (two goals, four assists) ranks first (tie) on the club. 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: Despite the Marlies penalty killing unit giving up four goals in their two home games this past weekend, they have only allowed six power play goals over their past 10 games. During that span they’ve successfully killed 44-of-50 penalties against them (88.0%). On Friday night they scored two shorthanded tallies against Lake Erie in their 7-1 win. Ryan Hamilton started the game off with a shorthanded goal and Christian Hanson’s second goal of the game was scored while killing a penalty.
Multi-Point Games: The Marlies had five players record at least two points in their 7-1 victory on Friday night against the Monsters. Christian Hanson, Tyler Bozak, Jiri Tlusty, Alex Foster and Viktor Stalberg notched multi-point games in the Marlies thrashing of Lake Erie. Foster has registered a multi-point game in three straight contests. Hanson leads the team with six multi-point games this season.
Reading Report: The Toronto Maple Leafs ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals currently rank second in the East Division with a 9-5-1-1 record for 20 points. The Royals had their four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with their 4-0 loss to Florida. Stefano Giliati ranks first on the Royals in points with 17 (eight goals, nine assists). Giliati ranks first on the Royals in goals (eight) and is second on the club in assists (nine). Andrew Engelage has appeared in three games for Reading this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average and 0.898 save percentage. Engelage made 38 saves for his third win of the season on November 18 against Florida.
MARLIES QUICK HITS:
– Tyler Bozak has recorded a point in three of his past six games. On Friday night he added a career-high three assists, with two of them coming on the power play. In 16 games this season, he has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists).
– The Marlies power play scored twice on Friday night against the Monsters, going 2-for-7 in the game. Toronto’s power play hadn’t registered a goal since the beginning of their six-game road trip on November 6 against Lake Erie.
– Brennan Evans’ 72 penalty minutes currently ranks third in the AHL for defencemen.
– The Marlies will continue their six-game homestand tomorrow versus Lake Erie and will play their next eight of nine games at home. Their lone road game during that stretch is in Hamilton on December 4.
– Toronto reassigned forwards Robert Slaney and Greg Scott to the Reading Royals on Tuesday afternoon.
– The Marlies announced on Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Adam Munro to a PTO contract. In five games this season, Munro went 1-2-1 with a 2.71 goals-against average and 0.919 save percentage.
– The Marlies have been out-scored 30-9 in the second period through 18 games this season, but have out-scored their opponents 20-10 in the third period.
Reebok/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
For the week ending November 22, 2009, the Toronto Marlies nominated forward Alex Foster for consideration as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Foster registered six points (five goals, one assist) in three games this past week. On Friday night, he returned to the Marlies line-up after missing the previous 10 games due to injury and scored two goals in Toronto’s 7-1 thrashing over Lake Erie. He scored twice more on Saturday in the Marlies loss to Grand Rapids. Then on Sunday afternoon he scored the Marlies first goal of the afternoon and set-up the game-tying goal in Toronto’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Monsters.
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MARLIES UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
Wednesday, November 25 vs. Lake Erie Monsters – School Day Game at 11:00 a.m.
Friday, November 27 vs. Binghamton Senators – Live Band/Sick Kids Game
Saturday, November 28 vs. Houston Aeros – Johnny Bower Bobblehead Night
Saturday, December 5th vs. Hamilton Bulldogs – March of Dimes
Wednesday, November 18 at Adirondack
Marlies Shutout by Phantoms 2-0
Marlies Goals: None
Phantoms Goals: Matsumoto (7), Clackson (1)
Three Stars: 1. Backlund (ADK), 2. Clackson (ADK), 3. Matsumoto (ADK)
Recap: The Marlies couldn’t muster a goal on their first road trip to Glens Falls on Wednesday night, falling to the Phantoms 2-0. Jon Matsumoto and Matt Clackson both scored for Adirondack in the Phantoms shutout victory. Joey MacDonald made 19 saves on 21 shots, but suffered his third straight loss. Josh Engel and Viktor Stalberg each shared the team-lead with five shots on net each. Toronto’s power play went 0-for-9; while their penalty killed went 4-for-5. The Marlies out-shot the Phantoms 10-3 in the final frame, but weren’t able to beat Johan Backlund.
Friday, November 20 at Lake Erie
Christian Hanson’s First Career Hat-Trick Lifts Marlies Past Monsters
Marlies Goals: Hamilton (7), Hanson 3 (8), Stalberg (4), Foster 2 (3)
Monsters Goal: Sertich (2)
Three Stars: 1. Hanson (TOR), 2. Foster (TOR), 3. Tlusty (TOR)
Recap: The Marlies ended their six-game road trip with their biggest win of the season, 7-1 on Friday night against the Lake Erie Monsters. Toronto opened the first period with three special teams’ goals. Ryan Hamilton opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal, his seventh tally of the season. Christian Hanson and Viktor Stalberg both added power play goals to make it a 3-0 game in the first period. Tyler Bozak added helpers on both power play markers and finished the game with three assists. After the Monsters made it 3-1 early in the second period, Alex Foster scored his first of two goals to make it a 4-1 game. Hanson scored his second goal of the game on an empty net with six minutes remaining in the game while killing a penalty. Hanson would score again late for his first professional hat-trick to give the Marlies a 7-1 win, snapping their four-game losing skid. James Reimer made 21 saves for his fourth victory of the season. Jiri Tlusty was named the second star of the night with his three assist output.
Saturday, November 21 vs. Grand Rapids
Griffins Three-Goal Second Period Too Much for Marlies
Marlies Goals: Rosehill (1), Foster 2 (5)
Griffins Goals: McGrath 2 (5), Williams (9), Ritola (4), Tardif (6), Tatar (2)
Three Stars: 1. McGrath (GRA), 2. Williams (GRA), 3. Foster (TOR)
Recap: The Marlies couldn’t comeback from a three-goal, second period outburst by the Griffins as they suffered their first loss on home ice since October 17. Jay Rosehill scored his first goal of the season in the first period for Toronto. Alex Foster finished the night with two goals, both coming in the third period. Foster has netted four goals over his past two games. Joey MacDonald made 16 saves in the loss. Viktor Stalberg registered his second multi-point game in a row with two helpers. Former Marlie Jeremy Williams finished the night with three points. Grand Rapids’ power play went 3-for-5.
Sunday, November 22 vs. Lake Erie
Toronto Erases Third Period Deficit, Wins in Shootout 3-2
Marlies Goals: Foster (6), Tlusty (7), Tlusty (SOW)
Monsters Goals: Durno (8), Willsie (6)
Three Stars: 1. Reimer (TOR), 2. Foster (TOR), 3. Durno (LEM)
Recap: Toronto won their second game this season when trailing after 40 minutes of play, as Alex Foster and Jiri Tlusty propelled the Marlies with third period goals. The Monsters got on the board first with two, second period goals by Chris Durno and Brian Willsie. Foster scored early in the third period while on the power play. Christian Hanson and Juraj Mikus both picked up assists on Foster’s fifth goal in the past three games. Less than two minutes later, Tlusty tied the game at 2-2 with his seventh of the season. In overtime, James Reimer made a huge save on a Matt Clarke breakaway chance with just seconds remaining. Reimer finished the game with 30 saves, including all four in the shootout and was named the game’s first star. Tlusty registered the game-winning shootout goal.
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