Weekend Recap: Marlies Split Two but Pick up Three of Four points in the Process

Jesse Blacker celebrates with teammates after scoring his first professional goal against the San Antonio Rampage

TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies continued their 10-game home stand with two games this weekend and they were able to skate away with three of a possible four points.

Colby Robak scored the winning goal as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Marlies 5-4 in overtime on Friday night.

Bill Thomas had two goals for the Rampage, who currently sit third in the West Division, while Keith Seabrook and Evan Barlow added singles.

Philippe Dupuis, Matt Frattin, Jesse Blacker and Juraj Mikus scored a goal apiece for the Marlies, who lost for the second time this season to San Antonio.

Ryan Hamilton, Nazem Kadri, Nicolas Deschamps and Joe Colborne each had an assist.

Dov Grumet-Morris made 21 saves for the win while Mark Owuya took the loss after giving up two goals on seven shots in 13 minutes of action.

Owuya replaced Ben Scrivens, who stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced but was pulled after giving up two quick ones early in the final period.

San Antonio went 1 for 3 on the power play, with their lone goal being the winner, as Toronto failed to score on their only opportunity with the man advantage.

Philippe Dupuis scored twice against the Hamilton Bulldogs and now has five goals in his last five games- Image Courtesy of Mike Ivall

On Saturday Simon Gysbers led the Marlies offensively, setting up three goals, as Toronto defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1.

Dupuis scored twice for the Marlies while Will Acton, Mike Zigomanis and Frattin added the others.

Deschamps picked up two assists as Kelsey Wilson, Keith Aulie and Marcel Mueller had one each.

Owuya made 28 saves for the win, and the game’s second star, while Robert Mayer allowed four goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the second period.

Nathan Lawson stopped 14 of 15 shots in relief.

Toronto went 1 for 7 on the power play while Hamilton failed to score on six opportunities with the man advantage.

The Marlies are currently 3-0-1 on their home stand and will host the Adirondack Phantoms this Tuesday at 7pm.

Worth Noting

  • Jesse Blacker’s goal against the Rampage was his first professional goal
  • Juraj Mikus’ goal against the Rampage was the first time he scored since February 8th, 2011; a span of 58 games
  • Keith Aulie’s assist against the Bulldogs was hist first point this season
  • A total of 171 penalty minutes, including 10 misconducts, were given out on Saturday against the Bulldogs
  • Philippe Dupuis has five goals in his last five games
  • Between the two games, the Marlies had 10,542 attendees
  • With 14 goals and 45 points, Mike Zigomanis has moved into 9th in league scoring
  • The Marlies’ penalty kill sits second in the AHL behind the Oklahoma City Barons while their power play is 26th

KYLE CICERELLA

@KyleTheReporter

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