TORONTO- Three games in three days could have derailed the Toronto Marlies chance of winning the North Division however, they were victorious in all three contests and are within one point of clinching their first division crown since the 2007-08 season.
Mike Zigomanis scored the winning goal with only six second remaining in overtime as Toronto edged the host Rochester Americans 5-4 on Friday.
In their 10th and final meeting of the regular season, Mark Owuya stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Marlies blanked the Americans on Saturday, again in Rochester, 1-0.
On Sunday the Marlies fell behind early but Philippe Dupuis scored twice as Toronto came from behind to beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2.
Toronto is now 41-23-7 and are only one point away from securing a playoff position and the North title. With only five games to play, the Marlies would have to lose all five in regulation time while Rochester, who’s 13 points behind, would have to go 7-0-0 in their final seven.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of March 26 to April 1st.
Season Stats: 46 GP 17 G 20 A 37 PTS
Kadri scored four goals in three games this week to break out of a scoring funk. He had only four goals in his last 16 games heading into Rochester. His goal against the Griffins was his fifth game-winner of the season.
Season Stats: 70 GP 20 G 20 A 40 PTS
Scott joined Ryan Hamilton as the only members of the Marlies with 20 or more goals. He scored twice this week and picked up three points in total. He also recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season against the Americans.
Season Stats: 19 GP 11-5-1 1.94 GAA .929 SV%
Owuya was summoned from the ECHL Friday night and he made 27 saves to shutout the Americans on Saturday. He also beat the Griffins and, dating back to his last re-call in late February, he has won six straight AHL games and allowed only eight goals in the process.
Season Stats: 60 GP 16 G 21 A 37 PTS
Colborne’s struggles continued as he failed to pick up a single point this week. His goal drought is now at 19 games and he has just two assists in that time. Three shots on goal in three games will not help crack a goal-scoring problem either.
Season Stats: 71 GP 14 G 23 A 37 PTS
D’Amigo has only one goal in his last 14 games and no points in his last five. Was reunited with Colborne against the Griffins with the hope that they could spark the same chemistry they had earlier in the year but it didn’t happen.
Season Stats: 62 GP 3 G 7 A 10 PTS
Engel picked up an assist against the Griffins, his first point in nine games, but his playing time could soon be coming to an end as he may find himself the lone man out on the blue line when Jake Gardiner joins the Marlies for the playoffs. He’s also had some opportunities on forward at times this season but has still gone 43 games without a goal.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.