TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies played twice this weekend and were lucky to skate away with one victory as they ran into hot goaltending in both contests.
Ben Scrivens made 36 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped all four shooters in the shootout, as Toronto edged the host Lake Erie Monsters 1-0 on Saturday.
At the other end of the rink Cedric Desjardins stopped all 29 shots he faced to record the shutout but Joe Colborne and Josh Engel both scored in the shootout to give the Marlies the win.
Philippe Dupuis and Simon Gysbers led all Toronto skaters with four shots on goal each.
Ryan Stoa and Patrick Rissmiller combined for 10 shots for the Monsters, who fell to the Marlies for the fourth straight contest and second time this week in a shootout.
Neither club could spark power-play opportunities as both Toronto and Lake Erie finished the game 0 for 1 with the man advantage.
Saturday’s match up was the 10th and final meeting of the regular season for these North Division foes and the Marlies took the season series 6-3-1.
The Texas Stars came to town on Sunday for their only visit to Toronto and Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots as the Stars edged the Marlies 4-2.
The 20-year-old native of Port Huron, Michigan was making just his second pro start and it was his first career AHL win. Campbell was playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds up until a week ago but after they missed the post-season he joined the Dallas Stars’ organization, which drafted him 11th overall in 2010.
Mike Hedden had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who beat Toronto in both meetings this season, while Taylor Vause, Francis Wathier and Matt Fraser added a goal apiece.
Vause, like Campbell, joined the Stars after his Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos failed to make the playoffs as well.
Marcel Mueller scored his 13th goal of the year for the Marlies, who fell to 5-3-2 against the West Division, and Greg Scott added his 18th of the season.
Both Nazem Kadri and Ryan Hamilton, who were returned the the Marlies from their parent club late last night, picked up assists.
Jussi Rynnas stopped 18 of 21 shots as he lost for the first time in regulation since December 17th when he dropped a 2-0 decision to the Peoria Rivermen.
Texas only had two power-play chances and they both came from the Marlies taking too-many-men penalties. They failed to score on both while Toronto failed to score on its only opportunity with the man advantage.
The Marlies are off until Friday when they head to Rochester to face the Americans in back-to-back contests. It could be the biggest weekend of the season for Toronto as Rochester is second in the North Division, eight points behind the Marlies with two games in hand.
- David Broll made his pro debut on Saturday against the Monsters but didn’t suit up Sunday because Ryan Hamilton and Nazem Kadri were both back in the line up
- Kenny Ryan also made it in to the line up on against the Monsters but not the Stars for the same reason
- Ben Scrivens stopped 54 of 55 total shots and all eight combined shooters in Toronto’s two shootout victories this week against Lake Erie
- Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas both have five career AHL shutouts, which put them two behind Justin Pogge for the Marlies’ all-time record
- Joe Colborne’s shootout goal was his second of the season in four attempts. Unfortunately he has gone 16 games without a regulation-time goal
- The Marlies picked up six victories this season against the Monsters while last year they went 1-6-1
- Josh Engel was a team-worst minus-3 against the Stars
- The Marlies are now 21-10-4 at home and 17-13-3 on the road. They’ve scored 19 more goals at home in only two more games
- At 14.2% Toronto’s power play is 28th in the AHL while their penalty kill is number one at 88.1%
- Mike Zigomanis has gone three games without a point but his 59 points in 65 games are still good for 8th in AHL scoring