TORONTO– Goalie Ben Scrivens was solid in his return from the Leafs as he turned aside 23 shots to lift the Toronto Marlies over the Abbotsford Heat 5-0.
“It’s easy to play when the guys in front of me are playing well,” said Scrivens. “We played the closest to a full sixty minutes that we’ve played all season.”
Greg Scott opened the scoring for the Marlies 8:27 into the first period on the power play.
Less than two minutes later, Joe Colborne snapped his sixth goal of the season past Heat starter Leland Irving.
The two quick goals were enough for Abbotsford’s head coach Troy G. Ward to pull Irving and send in rookie Joni Ortio for the remainder of the game.
Colborne went on to add his second of the game 4:49 into the second period to make it 3-0.
Putting 20 shots against Scrivens through 40 minutes, the Heat had opportunities to keep the game close.
But the third period was all Toronto, out-shooting Abbotsford 12-3 and getting insurance goals from Crabb and Darryl Boyce, 43 seconds apart, midway through the period.
“Three nothing used to be game over, but it’s not like that anymore,” said head coach Dallas Eakins about his team’s position after two periods of play. “We talked about it between periods and the best way to protect a lead is to score more goals.”
Crabb’s third period goal was his seventh of the season, tying him with Colborne for the team lead in goals.
Jerry D’Amigo, the third member of the Marlies top scoring line, chipped in with two assists of his own.
Kelsey Wilson, Mike Zigomanis, Ryan Hamilton, Juraj Mikus and Jesse Blacker added single assists to round out the Marlies scoring.
The win keeps the Marlies atop the North Division as they get set to head out on a nine game road trip.
Starting this Friday against the Lake Erie Monsters, the Marlies will be on the road for 21 days and won’t be back to the Ricoh Coliseum until November 19th when they host the Rochester Americans.
Friday’s Marlies versus Monsters game can be heard on AM640 starting at 7pm
- Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb are tied for the AHL lead in scoring with 15 points
- Marcel Mueller received a five minute fighting penalty for squaring off with Heat forward Lance Bouma in the third period
- Marlies special teams went 1/5 on PP and 6/6 on PK
- Marlies are now 4-0 when leading after two periods