Marlies Hot & Cold: November 19th-25th

The Marlies dropped all three games this week and sit ninth in the Western Conference- Image Courtesy of Graig Abel

TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies went out on the road for three games this week and, despite having their chances to pick up points, they dropped all three contests.

Outstanding goaltending from the opposition, poor first periods and a lack of a power play were main reasons that attributed to Toronto dropping three straight games for the first time this season.

Ben Bishop stopped 46-of-48 shots on Thursday as the host Binghamton Senators edged the Marlies 3-2.

Toronto played from behind for nearly 58 minutes as Binghamton opened the scoring 2:22 into the first period and were up 2-0 by the seven-minute mark.

Carter Ashton and Matt Frattin scored for the Marlies while Ben Scrivens made 22 saves in defeat.

On Saturday Nicolas Deschamps took a high sticking penalty late in the third period, which led to the game-winning goal with 2:39 remaining on the clock, as the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins beat Toronto 2-1.

Will Acton scored the lone goal for the Marlies and Scrivens, who was starting his fifth straight game, stopped 23 shots in a losing cause. Jeff Zatkoff made 31 saves for the victory.

The Marlies outshot the Hershey Bears 42-19 on Sunday, but gave up goals 45 seconds apart and found themselves down 4-0 six minutes into the second period, and dropped the game 4-2.

Brayden Holtby made 40 saves for the win while Mark Owuya, who has allowed three or more goals in each of his three starts this season, stopped 15 shots in defeat. Frattin and Mark Fraser scored for Toronto.

The Marlies had 14 combined chances with the man advantage through three games, including 1:31 of five-on-three hockey against Binghamton, but were unable to produce on the power play.

Toronto is now 9-8-1 and is ninth in the Western Conference. Its next game will be on Friday Nov. 30th on the road against the Rochester Americans. The game will wrap up a month that had the Marlies play away from the Ricoh Coliseum in 11-of-13 contests.

Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of Novemember 19 to 25.

Who’s Hot

Matt Frattin

Season Stats: 5 GP 5 G 0 A 5 PTS

Frattin scored in two of three outings this week and now has five goals in five games since returning from knee surgery. With Leo Komarov returning to the KHL the 24-year old has already moved into a tie for the team lead in goals with Ryan Hamilton and Jake Gardiner, despite playing 13 fewer games.

Keith Aucoin

Season Stats: 18 GP 3 G 14 A 17 PTS

Aucoin set up one Frattin’s goal against Binghamton and then assisted on both of his club’s goals against Hershey. The veteran has 11 points in his last 10 games and now has the out-right lead in team scoring.

 

Mark Fraser

Season Stats: 17 GP 2 G 2 A 4 PTS

Fraser picked up his second goal of the season against Hershey and now has two goals in five games, which is heavy offensive output for a stay-home blue liner who hasn’t scored since 2009. He also dropped the gloves against Binghamton and Hershey and his 80 penalty minutes ranks him third in the AHL.

 

Who’s Cold

Mike Zigomanis

Season Stats: 17 GP 2 G 9 A 11 PTS

Zigomanis failed to pick up a point in any game this week and hasn’t scored in six outings. The 31-year-old was also caught on the ice for both goals against in a loss to Wilkes-Barre

 

Jesse Blacker

Season Stats: 12 GP 0 G 1 A 1 PTS

After some inconsistent play, Blacker requested to head coach Dallas Eakins that he put him in a pairing with Mark Fraser. The 21-year-old’s play has been better alongside Fraser, however he has put forth very little offensive production. He is the only player on the roster, who’s played eight or more games, without a goal.

 

Brad Ross

Season Stats: 4 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

Ross’ playing time continues to dwindle away as he didn’t suit up in any of this week’s match-ups.  He’s had just two shots on goal in the four games he has played and is the only Toronto forward without a point.

 

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

KYLE CICERELLA

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