Marlies Hot & Cold: October 29th- November 4th

Ben Scrivens stopped 24-of-26 shots on Thursday, but Toronto had little offence and were downed 3-0 by the Abbotsford Heat- Image Courtesy of Graig Abel

TORONTO- The Toronto Marlies continued their eight-game road trip this past week with back-to-back losses in Abbotsford against the Heat.

Toronto and Abbotsford  held each other scoreless through 40 minutes on Thursday, but the Heat set an AHL record by scoring two goals in three seconds, both shorthanded, en route to a three-goal third period and a 3-0 win.

On Friday the Marlies outshot the Heat 13-4 in the first period and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, however Roman Horak scored three straight times for Abbotsford as they cruised to a 4-2 victory.

Special teams continue to be an issue for the Marlies as they went 0-for-12 on the power play against the Heat. They also gave up two power-play goals and two shorthanded goals.

With the two losses Toronto is now 3-4-1 and sits last in the North Division.

The Marlies continue their road trip this Thursday when they head to Houston to face the Aeros.

Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of October 29th to November 4th.

Who’s Hot

Spencer Abbott

Season Stats: 1 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS

After being a healthy scratch for the first seven games of the season Abbott suited up on Friday and scored his first pro goal. Head coach Dallas Eakins also mentioned he was pleased with how physical the 5’9 forward was on every shift, despite his size.

Paul Ranger

Season Stats: 4 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS

Ranger jumped back into the lineup on Thursday after missing four games with an undisclosed injury. On Friday the 28-year-old joined the rush and put back a Mike Zigomanis rebound, which resulted in his first goal since 2009 when he was playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Who’s Cold

Mark Owuya

Season Stats: 1 GP 0-1-0 4.17 GAA .789 SV%

Owuya was the last goaltender of the three on the Marlies roster to finally get a start and it didn’t go well for the 22-year-old. On Friday Owuya allowed four goals on 19 shots and three of them he would have wanted back as they were stoppable shots.

 

Nicolas Deschamps

Season Stats: 7 GP 1 G o A 1 PTS

With his production lacking, Eakins chose Deschamps to be a healthy scratch in Friday’s contest to make room for Brad Ross. Expected to add an offensive impact, the 22-year-old has just one goal and nine shots on net in seven games.

 

Ryan Hamilton

Season Stats: 8 GP 2 G 0 A 2 PTS

Hamilton scored twice in the season opener against the Rochester Americans and has been held silent in the last seven games, which drastically affects Toronto’s 28th-ranked power play. He was minus-2 on Thursday against the Heat and is now a team-worst minus-6 on the season.

 

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

KYLE CICERELLA

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