TORONTO-The Marlies’ run of 10 straight games with at least one point finally came to end this week as Toronto dropped two of its three contests.
Nazem Kadri scored the only goal for the Marlies and Jussi Rynnas turned away 36-of-38 shots as Toronto fell to the host Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 on Tuesday.
With the game tied 1-1 and overtime just seconds away, Hamilton scored at 19:12 of the third period to hand the Marlies its first regulation-time loss since Dec. 9th.
On Saturday Toronto’s offence sprung back to life as Joe Colborne scored once and set up two more in a 6-2 victory against the host St. John’s IceCaps.
Keith Aucoin and Spencer Abbott each had a goal and an assist for Toronto while Greg Scott, Carter Ashton and Jerry D’Amigo added a single goal apiece.
Rynnas made 19 saves to earn his sixth victory of the season.
The Marlies faced off in a rematch with the IceCaps on Sunday, however a two-goal third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave St John’s a 4-2 victory.
Ryan Hamilton had a goal and an assist for Toronto, Paul Ranger scored once and Rynnas stopped 31 shots in a losing cause.
The Marlies played both games against the IceCaps without six of their key players, who were all summoned to Leafs training camp.
Korbinian Holzer, Mark Fraser, Mike Kostka, Matt Frattin, Kadri and Ben Scrivens all missed weekend action. In their absence, the Marlies signed two defencemen, Ryan Grimshaw and Cody Syvret, who suited up in both games versus St John’s. Toronto also recalled forwards Andrew Crescenzi and Jamie Devane and goaltender Mark Owuya from the ECHL, however none of them saw any game action.
The Marlies are now 22-11-3, which is good for first in the North Division and second in the Western Conference, two points behind the Charlotte Checkers.
Toronto’s next game will be on Jan. 18th when they face the Senators in Binghamton.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of Jan 7th to January 13th.
Marlies Power Play
Season Stats: 35-186 18.5%
Toronto’s power play struggled against Hamilton, but it came alive against St. John’s. On Saturday it converted three times on five chances and went a combined 5 for 12 in the back-to-back series.
Season Stats: 33 GP 5 G 14 A 19 PTS
Colborne had his second three-point outing of the season on Saturday and he tacked on another assist on Sunday for a four-point weekend. The 22-year-old has produced nine points in his last five games and has earned a bump in power-play time for his recent effort.
Season Stats: 34 GP 17 G 9 A 26 PTS
Hamilton scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season on Sunday, which is also good for sixth in the AHL. With 12 of those goals and 18 total points coming in his last 15 games, the veteran received a late invite to Leafs training camp and is expected to skate with them on Monday.
Season Stats: 32 GP 5 G 4 A 9 PTS
Deschamps was held pointless this week and hasn’t scored since Dec. 16th. With Toronto now relying on its depth, the 23-year-old will need to contribute more than the one goal and two assists he’s recorded over his last 19 games.
Season Stats: 27 GP 3 G 10 A 13 PTS
Zigomanis may have led the Marlies in scoring the past two seasons, but this year he is 11th on the club in points and is on pace to record his lowest point total in a full AHL season since 2003. The veteran has just one goals and one assist in his last 13 games.
Season Stats: 15 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS
When Ross has made it into the lineup, he’s mostly played a bottom-six role and has produced the least of any Marlies forward this season. He, too, will have higher expectations now that Toronto’s roster has shrunk and will benefit from more consistent game action.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.