TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies have won four games in a row and will wrap up their eight-game road trip this Friday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Here are some weekly notes.
After scoring just 19 goals in its first eight games, Toronto scored 20 goals in its four consecutive wins….. Joe Colborne, Greg Scott, Nazem Kadri, Jerry D’Amigo and Will Acton all picked up their first goal of the season in those victories…..Leo Komarov will return to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Barons due to a suspension for a head shot against the San Antonio Rampage. He had four goals in the three games previous…..Toronto’s penalty kill, which was number one last season in the AHL, continued to struggle against the Barons as they gave up four power-play goals. The Marlies penalty kill is now 27th in the league at 75.5%….. The club’s 237 total penalty minutes is third most of any team in the Western Conference…..The Marlies power play is slowly improving and has moved up to 22nd at 14.1%…..Head Coach Dallas Eakins was ejected against the Barons on Tuesday for rule 75.5, abuse of an official…..Spencer Abbott blocked a shot with his foot against the Rampage and missed action against the Barons because of it. His status is currently unknown…..Matt Frattin continues to skate and Eakins said doctors will re-evaluate the 24-year-old’s knee when the club returns from their road trip. While the Marlies haven’t confirmed a timeline for a return, it looks to now be a day-to-day process…..Jussi Rynnas is off to his best start as a Marlie as he is 3-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. The Finnish goaltender believes his early success is coming from challenging shooters more often and getting out from his goal line…..With Rynnas playing well and Ben Scrivens being the current number-one, Mark Owuya needs to make better use of the time he’s been given in goal. He’s 1-1-0 with a 3.55 goals-against average with an .833 save percentage. It was thought at the beginning of the season he could knock Rynnas from the number-two position, but right now that isn’t going to happen…..Brad Ross, who has suited up in just three games this season, is now the only forward on the club who hasn’t scored a goal…..Keith Aucoin has a four-game point streak, which includes one goal and five assists, and now has 12 points in 12 games overall…..Mike Kostka has two goals and 11 points in 12 games, which is good for fifth in scoring for AHL defencemen…..The Marlies return home on Saturday to face the Bulldogs. In four games at the Ricoh Toronto has averaged 6,084 fans a game, which is 11th in the league for attendance…..Defenceman Paul Ranger leads all Toronto skaters with a plus-6 rating…..Toronto is just 3-4-1 against North Division teams and nine of its next 11 games will be against the north…..ECHL update: Sam Carrick has two goals and three points in eight games with the Idaho Steelheads. Tyler Brenner has four goals and seven points in nine games with the Bakersfield Condors. And, most recently demoted, Jamie Devane and Andrew Crescenzi have played one game apiece with the San Francisco Bulls and neither recorded a point…..The Marlies are 7-4-1, which places them sixth in the Western Conference.