Marlies Hot & Cold: March 5th-11th

Ben Scrivens allowed only two goals in three games this week and lowered his goals-against average to 2.12, which is good for third in the AHL

TORONTO- A three-game week started off with the Toronto Marlies looking like a team that couldn’t catch a break offensively. But, solid goaltending and leadership from the veterans earned the club four of a possible six points and two important victories within the North Division.

On Wednesday the Marlies hosted the Binghamton Senators, and recently demoted goaltender Robin Lehner, and were shutout for the fourth time this season 2-0.

Copps Coliseum was the destination on Friday and it was Ben Scrivens turn to earn a shutout as Toronto snapped its three-game losing streak by blanking the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-0.

In Saturday’s rematch with the Bulldogs, it was another game that the offence struggled to find the net but veteran Mike Zigomanis scored the winner in overtime as the Marlies beat Hamilton for the fifth straight time, this time by a score of 2-1.

Toronto is now 34-21-7 and hold a five-point lead over the Lake Erie Monsters for first in the North Division.

The Monsters have gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games to narrow what was once a 12-pont lead.

The North is actually tighter than it has been all season as the Rochester Americans have won four in a row and are only six points behind.

The Marlies will play both clubs two more times before the season wraps up.

Here are the Toronto Marlies weekly hot and cold performers for March 5th-11th

Who’s Hot

Ben Scrivens

Season Stats: 17-13-1 2.12 GAA .923 SV%

Scrivens stopped 84 of 86 shots this week and picked up his second shutout of the season against the Bulldogs. He now has 30 career wins with the Marlies, which ties him for second in team history with Jean-Francoise Racine.

Mike Zigomanis

Season Stats: 59 GP 18 G 35 A 53 PTS

Zigomanis scored two goals this week, including an overtime winner agaist the Bulldogs on Saturday, and his 18 total on the season are the most he’s scored since he had 29 in 2003 with the Lowell Lock Monsters.

Colton Orr

Season Stats: 14 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS

Orr Seems to be finding his comfort with the Marlies after missing time with a knee injury. He scored his first goal of the season on Friday and fought in both games against the Bulldogs. Did a fine job protecting his teammates.

Who’s Cold

Joe Colborne

Season Stats: 51 GP 16 G 21 A 37 PTS

Colborne picked up a single assist this week and has now gone 11 games since scoring a goal. He has scored just six goals in 38 games since getting a taste with the Leafs in November.

Nazem Kadri

Season Stats: 38 GP 11 G 18 A 29 PTS

Kadri also picked up a single assist this week but his production contiues to falter. He has just two goals and seven points in his last 16 games and his point-per-game average is well below his rookie campaign last season.

Nicolas Deschamps

Season Stats: 58 GP 9 G 18 A 27 PTS

Deschamps was producing points up until this week when he went down with an undisclosed injury. His timetable for a return is uncertain but the club did re-call Kenny Ryan to replace him, which likely means he’s more than day-to-day.

Look for the Toronto Marlies weekly hot and cold performers every Monday.

KYLE CICERELLA

@KyleTheReporter

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One Response to Marlies Hot & Cold: March 5th-11th

  1. bruce says:

    Scrivens has to be feeling good knowing the big club will be auditioning for a starter and back-up next year. I wonder if there is any resentment on the team with Ashton getting called up ahead of the guys who have been on the Marlies all year. Seemed odd to me — Colbourne and Kadri might be feeling kind of snubbed — not to mention Ziggy. Good report — appreciated.

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