TORONTO– Over the last 10 games, Ryan Hamilton has been the most productive of all Toronto Marlies players and it doesn’t look like he plans to slow down anytime soon.
Hamilton scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season and set up one more, earning first star of the game, as the Marlies defeated the host St. John’s IceCaps 4-2 on Tuesday in American Hockey League action.
In his last 10 outings, the 27-year-old has scored eight goals, and 11 points, moving him into second spot in team scoring. His 17th goal surpasses his total of 16 from last season and he’s well on his way of crushing his career best of 20 goals, which he scored in 2007/08 as a member of the Houston Aeros.
Mike Zigomanis had a goal and an assist for Toronto while Marcel Mueller and Joe Colborne scored the others.
Matt Frattin picked up his first point since rejoining the Marlies, earning an assist on Colborne’s goal, while Nicolas Deschamps, Jerry D’amigo and Korbinian Holzer also had assists to round out Toronto’s scoring.
Jason King and Eric O’Dell each had a goal for St John’s, who have now dropped four games to the Marlies this season.
Jussi Rynnas stopped 20 of 21 shots, earning the win, but left early in the third period after taking a shot high in the shoulder. Mark Owuya came on in relief and allowed one goal against on nine shots.
David Aebischer started for the IceCaps but was pulled after the first period, allowing three goals on 13 shots. Peter Mannino played the final 40 minutes and stopped 16 of 17 shots.
Toronto went 0 for 6 on the power play while the IceCaps scored once on three opportunities with the man advantage.
These teams will meet again on Wednesday night when St. John’s hosts the second game in a back to back.
- Ben Scrivens was a healthy scratch for the first time in his professional career
- Marcel Mueller left the game in the first period after falling awkwardly however he did return in the second
- Jussi Rynnas did not return and his status is currently undetermined
- Jon Abbot, play by play voice of the Marlies, tweeted that Colton Orr also suffered an injury. His status is undetermined as well
- Mike Zigomanis and Marcel Mueller’s goals were scored less than two minutes into the game
- Joe Colborne’s goal was his first in seven games
- Marcel Mueller’s goal was his first in eight games
- Jussi Rynnas’ shutout streak was stopped at 217 minutes
- The Marlies are 14-0-0 when leading after two periods