TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies continued their 10-game home stand this weekend with back-to-back games that were decided by only one goal.
Joe Colborne scored the winner in overtime, and added an assist, as Toronto edged the Rockford IceHogs 4-3 on Friday in front of 7086 fans.
Matt Frattin also had a goal and an assist for the Marlies while Marcel Mueller and Ryan Hamilton added single goals.
Hamilton’s goal came short handed and was Toronto’s eighth goal of the year with a man down, which is good for third in the AHL.
Korbinian Holzer, Philippe Dupuis, Juraj Mikus and Simon Gysbers each picked up an assist.
Jeremy Morin scored twice for the IceHogs, who sit in last place in the Midwest Division, as Peter Leblanc scored the other.
Mark Owuya made 25 saves for his eighth win of the season, and third in as many games, while Alexander Salak turned away 23 shots in defeat.
Special teams never played a factor as Toronto went 0 for 4 on the power play and Rockford 0 for 2.
Carl Klingberg scored the winning goal six minutes into the third period as the St John’s IceCaps held on for a 2-1 victory against Toronto on Saturday.
Patrice Cormier also scored for the IceCaps, who currently sit first in league standings.
Hamilton scored the lone goal for the Marlies and it was his 20th of the season, tying his career high that was set in 2007/08 as a member of the Houston Aeros.
The newest member of Toronto’s roster, Andrew Martens, picked up the only assist.
Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves for the win, and the game’s first star, while Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots in defeat.
St John’s went 0 for 3 on the power play while Toronto failed to score on four opportunities with the man advantage.
Through the first seven games of thier homestand, the Marlies have gone 5-1-1 and will look to improve that record this Monday when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at 1pm.
- The Marlies are 16-5-4 at the Ricoh Coliseum but only 13-13-2 away from Toronto
- The IceCaps are a league-best 18-3-3 on the road
- The Marlies played the IceCaps eight times this season and won the season series 4-3-1
- The Marlies beat the IceHogs in both meetings this season
- The Marlies are 12-9-5 in one-goal games this season and 0-12-1 in games when they score one goal or less
- The Marlies have killed off 18 of their last 19 penalties and their PK has moved back into first in the AHL. Their PP however has is just 2 for its last 20 and has dropped to 25th
- Jussi Rynnas has stopped 79 of the last 81 shots he’s faced with the Reading Royals of the ECHL and according to Francois Allaire, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie coach, is expetced to rejoin the Marlies in about 10 days.
- Colton Orr entered the Marlies line up on Friday for the first time since injuring his knee on January 10th against the IceCaps in St. John’s
- Ryan Hamilton’s 20th goal of the season was his 58th in a Marlies uniform, good enough to tie him with former captain Alex Foster for second in all-time franchise scoring. Jeremy Williams holds the record with 74 goals.