TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies are a dominant team at home, however that isn’t the case when they are away from the Ricoh Coliseum.
Dylan Yeo scored his first goal as a member of the Marlies and Spencer Abbott added his fourth of the year as Toronto dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Binghamton Senators on Friday.
Yeo also received 20 minutes worth of penalties after being charged for a boarding and fighting major, as well as a game misconduct, with only seven seconds left in regulation. Kenny Ryan also picked up a fighting major on the same play.
Jussi Rynnas stopped 21-of-24 shots for the Marlies, who are 0-2-0 against the Senators this season.
Toronto went 1 for 5 on the power play while Binghamton, which leads the Eastern Conference in points, failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.
Matt Frattin scored the shootout winner on Saturday as Toronto came from behind to beat the host Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2.
Ryan Hamilton forced overtime with a goal at 18:10 of the third period and Tim Connolly scored his first goal in his Marlies debut.
Mark Owuya, who was making his first start since being re-called from the ECHL, made 18 saves for his third AHL win of the year.
Neither club could score on the power play as Toronto went 0 for 2 and Hamilton 0 for 1.
With a weekend split on the road, Toronto’s record away from home is now 10-10-2. At the Ricoh Coliseum the club has a league-best .844 winning percentage with a 13-2-1 record.
The Marlies are now 23-12-3 overall, which puts them third in the Western Conference behind the Charlotte Checkers and Grand Rapids Griffins.
Toronto’s next game will be on Jan. 24th when they face the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of January 14th to January 20th.
Season Stats: 36 GP 18 G 8 A 26 PTS
Hamilton has been the most consistent goal scorer on the club for well over a month and his 18 goals are good for sixth in AHL scoring. The 27-year-old veteran was recently nominated for this year’s AHL All-Star game for the second year in a row.
Season Stats: 22 GP 4 G 12 A 16 PTS
Abbott scored his fourth goal of the season against the Senators and then scored in the shootout against the Bulldogs. Known more for his ability to set up plays than scoring, the rookie has taken on a much bigge role recently with the club, including power-play minutes.
Season Stats: 11 GP 6-4-1 2.07 GAA .933 SV%
Rynnas has gone 1-3-0 in his last four starts and has a 2.54 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in the process. While his numbers aren’t bad, a hungry Mark Owuya will look to push the Finnish netminder the same way he did last season with Ben Scrivens out of the picture.
Season Stats: 31 GP 6 G 14 A 20 PTS
Ranger will be expected to carry much of the load on the Marlies blue line with four regulars summoned to the Leafs, however the 28-year-old has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury suffered on Jan. 13th against St. John’s. There is no time table for his return, yet.
Season Stats: 29 GP 0 G 3 A 3 PTS
Blacker is another defencemen who will benefit from more ice time now that space has opened up and he will be looked at to provide more offence. He was caught on the ice for both goals against versus the Bulldogs and he is the only player on the roster that has yet to score a goal this season.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.