TORONTO– The Royal Winter road trip continued for the Toronto Marlies this weekend with games against the Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia affiliate) and Albany Devils (New Jersey affiliate), the top two teams in the Northeast Division.
While they were unable to win both games, they did pick up three of four points.
On Saturday, Jason Bacashihua stopped 26 of 27 shots leading the Phantoms to a 2-1 shoot-out victory over the Marlies.
Bacashihua, earned the start over Michael Leighton because he went 4-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA last season against Toronto while a member of the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado affiliate).
Jason Akeson, Denis Hamel and Oskars Bartulis all scored in the shootout while Shane Harper scored the lone regulation-time goal for Adirondack.
Mike Zigomanis scored the Marlies only goal, on the power play, with Juraj Mikus and Jesse Blacker picking up the assists.
Mark Owuya, making his second consecutive start for Toronto, made 33 saves for the loss.
The Phantoms went 0-for-4 on the power play while the Marlies scored once on three opportunities with the man advantage.
On Sunday, Nazem Kadri scored his first goal of the season, in overtime, and added two assists as Toronto defeated the Albany Devils 4-3.
Ryan Hamilton scored two goals, including one on the power play, while Marcel Mueller chipped in a single.
Mike Zigomanis picked up a pair of assists as Josh Engel and Jerry D’Amigo had one each.
Nathan Perkovich, Steve Bernier and Matt Anderson all scored second-period goals for the Devils, who currently sit first in the Northeast Division.
In his first game since being pulled last Saturday against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida affiliate), Jussi Rynnas stopped 23 shots for his second win of the season
Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves in defeat.
The Marlies went 1-for-5 on the power play and stopped Albany from scoring on either of their two extra man advantages.
Toronto will return home for the week as their next game isn’t until Friday. Then, they will wrap up their nine-game road trip by heading to New York to face the Rochester Americans (Buffalo affiliate).
- Marlies are 2-4-1-1 on current nine-game road trip
- After being a healthy scratch in 11 of 12 games with the Marlies, Brayden Irwin was assigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL
- Matt Lashoff didn’t travel with the team over the weekend as he is in Toronto having his back injury examined; out indefinitely
- Luca Caputi (hand), Darryl Boyce (back) and Joe Colborne (lower-body) all travelled with team but didn’t play in either of the two games; all day to day and should be in line up for Friday
- Keith Aulie returned to action on Sunday after missing four games with a rib injury
- Only seven Marlies have dressed in all 15 games this season
- Kelsey Wilson leads the team in penalty minutes with 31
- It took Nazem Kadri eight games to score his first goal of the season
- Greg Scott leads the Marlies with 50 shots on goal this season