TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies had to put in extra work this week to earn six of a possible eight points as three games in a row needed overtime or shootout to find a winner.
Ryan Hamilton and Joe Colborne each had a goal and two assists for the Marlies as they downed the host Lake Erie Monsters 4-2 on Tuesday.
Mike Zigomanis and Kevin Marshall also score for Toronto as Drew MacIntyre stopped 35-of-37 shots for the victory.
Prospect Morgan Rielly scored his first-pro goal in his first AHL game on Friday as the Marlies fell to the host Chicago Wolves 4-3 in a shootout.
Greg Scott had a goal and an assist and Korbinian Holzer chipped in with two assists for Toronto while Spencer Abbott had a single goal.
MacIntyre made 24 saves as Toronto dropped to 3-5 in shootouts this season.
Scott scored at 4:20 of overtime on Saturday as the Marlies defeated the host Milwaukee Admirals 3-2.
Rookie Sam Carrick scored his AHL goal for Toronto, which improved to 4-2 in overtime, and Jerry D’Amigo had a goal and an assist.
Jussi Rynnas stopped 25-of-27 shots before leaving the game late in the second period with a lower-body injury. MacIntyre replaced Rynnas and stopped all 14 shots he faced to pick up the win.
D’Amigo gave the Marlies a 2-1 lead on Sunday against the host Peoria Rivermen with only 1:12 remaining in the third period. But, the Rivermen responded 19 seconds later to tie the game, eventually winning 3-2 in a shootout.
Kenny Ryan also scored for Toronto, which played its fifth straight game on the road, as MacIntyre turned away 32 shots in the loss.
The Marlies have gone 6-0-2 in their last eight and picked up at least one point in 10 of their last 11 outings. Overall they have a 36-20-8 record, which ties them for second in the Western Conference with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Toronto’s continues its road trip on Wednesday Mar. 27th when they face the Rockford IceHogs.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of Mar 18th to 24th.
Season Stats: 58 GP 2 G 7 A 9 PTS
Marshall was acquired to add a presence in Toronto’s zone, which he has, however he has also picked up a point in four of six games with Toronto and scored his first goal with the club against the Monsters. The veteran defenceman is also a plus-10 with the Marlies.
Season Stats: 13 GP 8-2-3 1.73 GAA .938 SV%
MacIntyre has earned the Marlies a point in 11 of 13 appearances this season, including coming off the bench against the Admirals to pick up a 14-save OT victory. He stopped 105-of-112 shots in four games this week, going 2-0-2, and has been a major reason for Toronto’s recent success.
Season Stats: 59 GP 14 G 11 A 25 PTS
D’Amigo has scored four goals in his last five games and quietly moved into second in team scoring with 14 goals. The 22-year-old had his most productive month in March as he had six goals and eight points in 12 games, which is solid considering he has spent the entire season as a shut-down player.
Season Stats: 21 GP 5 G 5 A 10 PTS
Connolly has picked up just one assist in his last six games and was one of five Marlies unable to score in a shootout loss to Chicago, dropping his shootout numbers to 1-for-4. He was scratched versus the Admirals and Rivermen and it’s unclear if his hip is bothering him again, or if it was performance based.
Season Stats: 21 GP 10-9-1 2.63 GAA .908 SV%
Rynnas has had to fight MacIntyre for starts recently, because of inconsistent play, and against the Admirals he played well, but he left with what’s believed to be a right ankle injury. While the length of time he’ll be out is uncertain, injuries have been the 25-year-old’s biggest issue in three seasons with Toronto and with the post season approaching it looks like MacIntyre is the Number-1.
Season Stats: 3 wins, 6 losses
Ryan Lasch scored the only goal in 10 total shootout attempts in two losses this week. Joe Colborne, Spencer Abbott and Greg McKegg all went 0-for-2 as Toronto dropped to 1-4 in its last five shootout attempts. The Marlies have scored on just 12 of 42 total attempts this season while giving up 16 goals against.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.