January 21, 2014
TORONTO- When the Marlies produce a goal, there’s a good chance Spencer Abbott has something to do with it.
The winger was in on each of Toronto’s goals on Monday, scoring once and setting up two more as the Marlies beat the Rockford IceHogs 3-2.
“Again, he was on a different planet with regards to his play,” Marlies head coach Steve Spott told LeafsTV post-game. “He managed the game with the puck, on the power play he was evasive and he did things certain guys in this league aren’t able to do. In my mind he was the best player on the ice for both teams.”
Abbott extended his point streak to six games-which includes five goals and six assists- and he now has 10 goals and 41 points in 36 contests, which puts him fourth in AHL scoring.
“It feels good, it’s a tough league to score in and when you get the chance to get the puck in the net it’s a good feeling,” said Abbott.
The Marlies are currently in the midst of a seven-game road trip and are 4-0-1 in five games. The club has produced 17 goals away from home so far and Abbott has been involved with 11 of them.
“He (makes) other players better that are around him,” said Spott.
Abbott has been the Marlies most consistent forward all season, starting the year with a 13-game point streak, and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Spott has relied on him as a top-six because of his vision with the puck and currently the Hamilton, Ont. native is running the point on the power play along with defenceman T.J. Brennan.
Brennan, who was recently named an AHL All Star, is battling Abbott for the team lead in points and has had his last four goals set up by the University of Maine graduate, including his overtime winner against the Iowa Wild last Wednesday.
In the same game Abbott scored twice.
“Abbott was going all night,” Brennan said post-game. “He was a special player out there.”
Abbott is doing everything he can right now to earn a call up. However, he continues to get looked over when the Maple Leafs summon a body. While possessing tons of skill, it seems his size may be limiting him for Randy Carlyle’s system up top.
In his only appearance with the Leafs, a victory against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 5th, the 5-foot-9 170-pound forward logged just 5:16 of ice time.
Toronto continues its road trip Tuesday with a stop in Milwaukee against the Admirals.