TORONTO– Goalie Ben Scrivens stopped 52 of the 54 shots he faced in two games this weekend, leading the Toronto Marlies to back to back victories.
“Ben was good again,” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “I sat Ben down when he came back down and I told him I was gonna run him fairly hard.”
On Friday, Scrivens made 26 saves as the Marlies defeated North Division rival the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1.
Greg Scott and Jerry D’Amigo scored for the Marlies while Marcel Mueller, Ryan Hamilton, Joe Colborne and Darryl Boyce chipped in with an assist each.
Andreas Engqvist scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.
Nathan Lawson turned away 26 shots in defeat.
Toronto went 1-for-7 on the power play as Hamilton scored once on four opportunities with the man advantage.
Scrivens stopped another 26 shots on Saturday when the Marlies beat the Albany Devils 4-1.
Scott led Toronto’s scoring with a goal and assist while Nazem Kadri, Josh Engel and Luca Caputi added singles.
Simon Gysbers set up two goals and Colborne, Boyce and Mike Zigomanis picked up one assist each.
Darcy Zajac, younger brother of New Jersey Devils Travis Zajac, scored for Albany.
Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves in the loss.
The Marlies found success against the Devils scoring three times on six power-play chances.
The Devils went 0-for-5.
“It’s different things that are gonna win you games each night,” said Eakins. “The power play stepped up when our five on five wasn’t there.
“Its’ good to have a lot of different guns in your bag when you’re going out for a good fight,” he added.
Although he didn’t record a point, Marlies energy player Kyle Neuber received praise from Eakins for his role on Saturday against Albany.
“Kyle Neuber did an excellent job,” he said. “Early on he was a difference in the game. He had the team firmly rattled, he was playing a fair, hard, tough game within the rules and they took exception to it.”
Caputi, who saw his first action against Hamilton since missing 13 games with a hand injury, also received encouragement from the coach after scoring a late goal against the Devils.
“Caputi’s one of the hardest working guys in the dressing room,” said Eakins. “Today he worked hard. I wanted to get him out there late on the power play and sure enough he got a goal and that goes leaps and bounds for a player’s confidence.”
With back to back games of only one goal against, Scrivens lowered his goals against average to a season best 2.26. His save percentage also went up to .920.
The Marlies will practice all week before heading out on the road for a four-game trip which starts Friday against the Milwaukee Admirals.
- The Marlies have now won three of their last four games and have an eight-point lead atop the North Division.
- The Marlies moved up three spots on the power play to 18th. Their penalty kill moved up one spot to second, behind only the Abbotsford Heat.
- The Marlies led both games this weekend after two periods and are now 12-0-0 on the season when in that situation
- The Marlies are 6-0-1 when scoring four or more goals
- Kenny Ryan missed both games this weekend with an upper-body injury but is expected to start practicing this week
- Tyler Brenner also missed both games with an undisclosed injury
- Nazem Kadri’s point streak was stopped at eight games against Hamilton
- Jerry D’Amigo and Kadri are tied with two game-winning goals each
- Dale Mitchell has six goals and seven points in eight games with the ECHL Reading Royals
- Brayden Irwin was activated from injury however will not see any game time with the Marlies. Likely will go back to Reading