TORONTO– A three-game week started off with the Toronto Marlies looking like a team that couldn’t catch a break offensively. But, solid goaltending and leadership from the veterans earned the club four of a possible six points and two important victories within the North Division.
On Wednesday the Marlies hosted the Binghamton Senators, and recently demoted goaltender Robin Lehner, and were shutout for the fourth time this season 2-0.
Copps Coliseum was the destination on Friday and it was Ben Scrivens turn to earn a shutout as Toronto snapped its three-game losing streak by blanking the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-0.
In Saturday’s rematch with the Bulldogs, it was another game that the offence struggled to find the net but veteran Mike Zigomanis scored the winner in overtime as the Marlies beat Hamilton for the fifth straight time, this time by a score of 2-1.
Toronto is now 34-21-7 and hold a five-point lead over the Lake Erie Monsters for first in the North Division.
The Monsters have gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games to narrow what was once a 12-pont lead.
The North is actually tighter than it has been all season as the Rochester Americans have won four in a row and are only six points behind.
The Marlies will play both clubs two more times before the season wraps up.
Here are the Toronto Marlies weekly hot and cold performers for March 5th-11th
Season Stats: 17-13-1 2.12 GAA .923 SV%
Scrivens stopped 84 of 86 shots this week and picked up his second shutout of the season against the Bulldogs. He now has 30 career wins with the Marlies, which ties him for second in team history with Jean-Francoise Racine.
Season Stats: 59 GP 18 G 35 A 53 PTS
Zigomanis scored two goals this week, including an overtime winner agaist the Bulldogs on Saturday, and his 18 total on the season are the most he’s scored since he had 29 in 2003 with the Lowell Lock Monsters.
Season Stats: 14 GP 1 G 0 A 1 PTS
Orr Seems to be finding his comfort with the Marlies after missing time with a knee injury. He scored his first goal of the season on Friday and fought in both games against the Bulldogs. Did a fine job protecting his teammates.
Season Stats: 51 GP 16 G 21 A 37 PTS
Colborne picked up a single assist this week and has now gone 11 games since scoring a goal. He has scored just six goals in 38 games since getting a taste with the Leafs in November.
Season Stats: 38 GP 11 G 18 A 29 PTS
Kadri also picked up a single assist this week but his production contiues to falter. He has just two goals and seven points in his last 16 games and his point-per-game average is well below his rookie campaign last season.
Season Stats: 58 GP 9 G 18 A 27 PTS
Deschamps was producing points up until this week when he went down with an undisclosed injury. His timetable for a return is uncertain but the club did re-call Kenny Ryan to replace him, which likely means he’s more than day-to-day.
Look for the Toronto Marlies weekly hot and cold performers every Monday.