Marlies Hot & Cold: October 8th-14th

Ryan Hamilton, seen here showing off the Toronto Marlies new third jersey, scored two goals in a 3-1 win on Saturdya against the Rochester Americans- Image Courtesy of Graig Abel

TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies opened their season with back-to-back home games against North-Division rivals and came away with a split.

Ryan Hamilton scored twice as the Marlies downed the Rochester Americans 3-1 on Saturday in their season opener.

On Sunday, Toronto didn’t fare as well. Even though they out shot the Lake Erie Monsters 40-18, they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Monsters, who were led by goaltender Calvin Pickard.

With a 1-1-0 record, the Marlies will not skate Monday and return to the ice Tuesday for practice.

They will then play three games in three days that starts with a home-and-home with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Toronto will be in Hamilton on Friday for its first road game, Hamilton will return to the Ricoh on Saturday and the Marlies will wrap up their third game on Sunday by hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the opening week of the season, October 8th-14th.

Who’s Hot

Ryan Hamilton

Season Stats: 2 GP 2 G 0 A 2 PTS

Hamilton scored twice in the season opener against Rochester and both goals came on the power play. Last season he led Toronto with 11 power-play goals and 25 overall, but went cold in the Calder Cup playoffs, so it’s good to see he’s back on track.

Will Acton

Season Stats: 2 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

Along with Jerry D’Amigo and Greg Scott, Acton centred a shut-down line that did its job in both games this weekend by not being on the ice for any of Toronto’s goals against. He also led the Marlies in shots on goal against Lake Erie with five.

Simon Gysbers

Season Stats: 1 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

Sat out as a healthy scracth against Rochester but was inserted into the line up against Lake Erie and at time was the Marlies best defencemen. Was only blue liner not to finish in the negative with regards to plus-minus.

 

Who’s Cold

Keith Aucoin

Season Stats: 2 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

Last season he scored 70 points in 43 games, so back-to-back games without any production is not good for Toronto’s new top-line centre. If Toronto wants to get its power play under control it starts with Aucoin.

 

Carter Ashton

Season Stats: 0 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

Quiet in both contests this weekend outside of a fight to wrap up Sunday’s game with Lake Erie. He had just two shots on goal, which isn’t enough for a top-six winger expected to score, and both came against Rochester.

 

 

Marlies’ Special Teams

Season Stats: PP 3-for-20; PK 4-for-6

Opened the season with three power-play goals in their first four opportunities against Rochester but fizzled out against Lake Erie by going 0-for-12, including eight straight calls their way between the second and third period. Their penalty kill allowed a goal against in each game this weekend, which is abnormal for the league’s top penaly kill from last season.

Look for Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.

KYLE CICERELLA

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