TORONTO– Hard to believe an American Hockey League team, the Toronto Marlies, played only one game all week; but it’s true.
The Marlies participated in the Outdoor Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday and came away with a 7-2 victory.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to Hamilton and kept the Bulldogs from gaining any ground it what looks to be a tightened-up North Division.
With the win, Toronto is 22-15-5 and sit first in the North Division with a five-point lead over the second place Rochester Americans. Only five more points separate the Americans from the last place Lake Erie Monsters, with the Bulldogs and Grand Rapids Griffins squished in between.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of January 16th-22nd.
Season Stats: 42 GP 9 G 16 A 25 PTS
Whether he’s been on the top line or not, D’Amigo has created scoring chances all season with his hard work and ability to work in the corners. Picked up three assists against the Bulldogs and although his linemates get most of the glory, they praise his ability to get them goals.
Season Stats: 39 GP 7 G 7 A 14 PTS
Had his best game in a Marlies uniform against the Bulldogs, registering a goal and two assists. Has juggled around lines since being acquired from Syracuse but seems to be fitting in on the second with Mike Zigomanis and Ryan Hamilton.
Season Stats: 41 GP 12 G 13 A 25 PTS
Scored two goals against the Bulldogs, moving him into third in team scoring. He played top line minutes and continues to be a big part of the Marlies penalty kill. Also leads team in shots on goal with 129.
Season Stats: 15 GP 8-7-0 2.63 GAA .910 SV%
Was playing his best hockey in over a year but took a shot in the head on January 10th against St. John’s IceCaps and has been out ever since with concussion-like symptons. Was assigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL on Monday, likely for a conditiong stint, but even before his injury the Marlies were over pressed with three goalies.
Season Stats: 35 GP 2 G 5 A 7 PTS
Has done his job all season shutting down the opposition’s top players, but was only player on roster not to get a shot on goal against the Bulldogs. He also centered the only line on the Marlies not record a point against Hamilton.
Marlies Blue Line Production
Season Stats: 261 GP 12 G 52 A 64 PTS
Drew Paris’ goal on Saturday was the first scored by any Marlies defenceman since Jeff Finger scored on December 18th against the Chicagao Wolves, a span of 14 games. Team misses Matt Lashoff on the point and Finger’s on again off again injuries take away from the team’s offence.
Worth noting, in a 7-2 route other Marlies had productive games. Phillipe Dupuis chipped in with three assists, Mike Zigomanis scored a goal and set up one more while Paris’ goal was his first since 2009.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.