Marlies Hot & Cold: December 3rd-9th

Mike Zigomanis won a key faceoff which led to Brad Ross’ first pro goal

TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies hosted two games this past week and came away with a split against two North-Division clubs.

Jake Gardiner scored twice, before leaving the game in the third period with a head injury, and Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists as the Marlies edged the Rochester Americans 4-3 on Saturday.

Ryan Hamilton also scored for Toronto, which has beat Rochester in all four meetings this season, while Ben Scrivens made 32 saves for his eighth win of the year.

On Sunday prospects Greg McKegg and Brad Ross scored for the Marlies, who trailed 2-0 heading into the third period, however the Abbotsford Heat scored a late power-play goal with Paul Ranger in the box and were able to pull off a 3-2 victory, ending Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

Ross’ goal was his first as a pro while Scrivens made 19 saves in defeat.

Gardiner missed Sunday’s matchup and will undergo further evaluation before the club decides his future. Head coach Dallas Eakins has not confirmed if the 22-year-old suffered a concussion or if he just needs a day or two to shake off the hit he took in Saturday’s win.

After splitting the weekend, Toronto is now 13-9-1 and sit fifth in the Western Conference standings.

There next game will be on Dec. 15th when they head to Rochester to play the Americans for the third Saturday in a row.

Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of December 3rd to 9th.

 Who’s Hot

kadriNazem Kadri

Season Stats: 22 GP 6 G 15 A 21 PTS

Kadri’s goal against Rochester gave him four in three games and his three-point performance was his fifth multi-point game in less than a month. The 22-year-old has 18 points in his last 13 outings.

 

keith-aucoin1Keith Aucoin

Season Stats: 23 GP 3 G 19 A 22 PTS

Aucoin set up two goals against Rochester, which extended his point streak to five games, and in those five games he had seven points. He’s currently sitting at 799 career AHL points and one more would put him 1oth  all-time in AHL scoring.

 

jake gardinerJake Gardiner

Season Stats: 22 GP 9 G 8 A 17 PTS

Gardiner scored twice against Rochester and now leads Toronto in goals with nine. Nine goals is also good for second in AHL scoring for defencemen and five have come by way of the power play. The 22-year-old has four goals and five points in his last two games, but will have to heal up from a “precautionary” rest for a hit to his head against the Americans.

 

Who’s Cold

Carter Ashton

Season Stats: 22 GP 5 G 2 A 7 PTS

Ashton hasn’t scored in five outings and has just one goal in his last eight games. While he’s still been effective as forechecker and playing the third line, his scoring pace is well below the 20 goals he scored last season as a rookie.

 

Joe Colborne

Season Stats: 20 GP 1 G 5 A 6 PTS

Colborne has gone 10 games without a single point, which is well below the expectation put upon a former first-round pick. Last Thursday he worked one-on-one with head coach Dallas Eakins, looking for anything to help him snap out of his drought before he sees another healthy scratch.

 

Dylan Yeo

Season Stats: 9 GP 0 G 4 A

Yeo has been an important depth defencemen this season for Toronto as he’s stayed sharp without much game time, however against Abbotsford he made a careless clearing attempt from behind his net that led to the winning goal. Fortunately for the 26-year-old, if Gardiner’s injury is prolonged then he will see more game action.

 

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

KYLE CICERELLA

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