TORONTO- With two road victories over the weekend, the Toronto Marlies have now won six games in a row and picked up points in their last seven, keeping them atop the North Division.
In their first visit to Newfoundland since leaving the rock in 2005, the Marlies played the St John’s IceCaps twice and came away with victories both times.
On Friday, Nazem Kadri contributed two goals and two assists as Toronto beat St. John’s 4-3 in overtime.
Jeff Finger returned to action and scored the game-winning goal with 49 seconds remaining in the extra period while Josh Engel rounded out the Marlies scoring.
Both Marcel Mueller and Mike Zigomanis had two assists as Kelsey Wilson, and Jerry D’Amigo chipped in singles.
Travis Ramsey, Jason King and Jason DeSantis scored for the IceCaps.
Mark Owuya turned aside 29 shots, picking up his third straight victory, while Peter Mannino made 29 saves in defeat.
Both teams had success with the power play, as the Marlies scored twice on four opportunities and the IceCaps once on five chances.
On Saturday, Captain Ryan Hamilton scored a goal and assisted on two others as Toronto beat St John’s 6-3, sweeping the two-game series.
Mueller had a goal and an assist while Greg Scott, Tyler Brenner, Kadri and D’Amigo added singles.
Darryl Boyce and Finger each had two assists as Will Acton, and Zigomanis had one apiece.
Spencer Machacek scored twice for St John’s and Marco Rosa had the other.
Jussi Rynnas made 26 saves for the win, his third in a row as well, and Edward Pasquale stopped 20 shots for the loss.
Both teams continued their success with the man advantage as the Marlies went 2-for-5 and the IceCaps scored once on three opportunities.
Toronto will practice Monday at the Ricoh Coliseum before hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday at 7pm.
- Darryl Boyce returned to action on Friday after missing seven games with a back injury
- With Keith Aulie missing Saturday’s game due to call up, Drew Paris was back in the line up as a sixth D man
- Former NHLer David Aebischer dressed as back up for the IceCaps on Saturday. He’s just 2-3-0 with a 3.49 GAA and .871 SV% this season
- Kyle Nueber picked up a roughing minor and was assessed a 10 minute misconduct on Sunday after laying a questionable hit on Patrice Cormier
- Kenny Ryan missed Sunday’s game after taking a questionable hit from Cormier on Friday
- Marcel Mueller is 8th in AHL at plus 10
- Mike Zigomanis is currently 7th in the league with 16 assists, 10 by way of power play which is 2nd best in league
- Every team in North Division is minus is the goals for/goals against except for Marlies who are plus 9
- Marlies power play is 20th in league at 16.3%, 17/104. Marlies penalty kill is 1st in league at 89.8%, 79/88.
- Lake Erie are 5-0-1 in last six, back to .500. Much to do with return of starting goalie Cedrick Desjardins who’s 5-2-1 with league best 1.62 GAA and .948 SV%.
- Ex-Leaf Garnett Exelby has 89 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins