TORONTO– With post-season play only weeks away, the Toronto Marlies continued their battle for a top position in the Western Conference by picking up two wins in three games this week.
The week started on Wednesday as the Marlies defeated the visiting Lake Erie Monsters 2-1 for their first shootout victory of the season.
On Saturday the Marlies went to Lake Erie and, again, needed a shootout to pick up the win as they beat the Monsters by a final score of 1-0.
Toronto’s three game winning-streak was halted on Sunday by the visiting Texas Stars, who skated out of town with a 4-2 victory thanks to goaltender Jack Campbell and his 32 saves.
The Marlies are now 38-23-7 and hold an eight-point lead over the Rochester Americans for first place in the North Division. Their 83 points are currently good enough for second spot in the Western Conference.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of March 19-25th.
Season Stats: 20-14-1 2.02 GAA .927 SV%
Scrivens stopped 54 of 55 shots in regulation and all eight shooters in the shootout in two games against the Monsters and now has three shutouts on the season. His 2.02 goals-against average is second in the AHL and his .927 save-percentage is good for third. Overall, he’s won five of his last six starts.
Season Stats: 67 GP 18 G 19 A 37 PTS
Scott picked up two goals this week and the one on Wednesday against the Monsters snapped a seven-game scoring drought. His 18 total goals have him tied with Mike Zigomanis for second on the Marlies and his 192 shots is best on the club.
Season Stats: 68 GP 3 G 7 A 10 PTS
Mikus has been used in many different roles this season and from a defensive perspective he’s getting the job done. He was the only blue liner to be a plus player against the Stars and on the season he’s now a plus-20, which leads all Marlies skaters and is good for ninth in the AHL.
Season Stats: 64 GP 10 G 18 A 28 PTS
Since recording a five-point game on February 26th, Deschamps has scored just one goal and one assist in his past 11 contests. He did have an injury to deal with but as the playoffs approach the team will expect his offence to improve.
Season Stats: 57 GP 16 G 21 A 37 PTS
Colborne went 2 for 2 on the shootout this week but is still having trouble producing points. He’s gone 16 games without a goal and he’s now behind Marcel Muller and Greg Scott in prospect scoring. He also went minus-3 against the Stars .
Season Stats: 61 GP 5 G 22 A 27 PTS
Gysbers leads all Marlies D men in scoring however he has just one assist in 11 games through the month of March. Relied on for his offence more than anything, Gysbers has the potential to improve his team’s 28th ranked power play.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.