TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies spent this weekend continuing to dominate their North Division foe, the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Ben Scrivens turned aside all 23 shots he faced as Toronto blanked Hamilton 5-0 on Friday.
Colton Orr picked up the game’s first star by scoring his first goal as a member of the Marlies, Philippe Dupuis and Juraj Mikus had a goal and an assist each, while Mike Zigomanis and Ryan Hamilton added single goals.
Dupuis’ and Zigomanis’ goals both came shorthanded into an empty net late in the third period.
Korbinian Holzer, Greg Scott, Marcel Mueller, Josh Engel, Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne each picked up an assist.
Nathan Lawson stopped 18 of 21 shots in a losing effort.
Toronto went 1 for 4 on the power play as Hamilton failed to score on eight opportunities with the man advantage.
Zigomanis scored 2:39 into overtime as Toronto beat Hamilton, for the second time in as many days, 2-1 on Saturday.
Kelsey Wilson also scored for the Marlies, who picked up their fifth straight victory over Hamilton, while Jerry D’Amigo, Scott, Engel and Hamilton added assists.
Frederic St. Denis scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs, who are now eight points out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
Scrivens earned his 17th win of the season by making 22 saves while Lawson stopped 31 shots and dropped to 1-5-0 against Toronto.
Toronto failed to capitalize on six chances with the power play as Hamilton went 1 for 7 with the man advantage.
The Marlies have won seven of 11 games this season against the Bulldogs with one more meeting scheduled to happen on April 8th.
The next game for Toronto is this Friday when they head to Grand Rapids to face the Griffins, the only team in the North Division that the Marlies haven’t been able to beat.
- Kenny Ryan was re-called from the Reading Royals of the ECHL to replace an injured Nicolas Deschamps
- Will Acton missed both games with an undisclosed injury
- Jeff Finger hasn’t played since January 11th. In two seasons with the Marlies he’s missed 88 games with injuries
- Marcel Mueller left Sunday’s game after blocking a shot and did not return
- Mike Zigomoanis’ goal on Sunday gave him a new AHL career-high in points with 53. His previous total of 52 was scored in 2003 with the Lowell Lock Monsters
- Ben Scrivens has 29 career wins with the Marlies, which is one behind Jean-Francois Racine for second in team history. Justin Pogge holds the wins record with 71
- Scrivens, Jussi Rynnas and Mark Owuya have combined for 2.35 team GAA which is second only to the Oklahoma City Barons
- Juraj Mikus leads all Marlies with a plus-16
- The Marlies have a goal differential of plus-35; which is number one in the West
- The Marlies have won seven games in overtime, which is the most of any team in the AHL
- The Marlies penalty kill continues to be the best in the league at 87.5% however their power play has dropped to 28th at 14.5%