Weekend Recap: Marlies Extend Win Streak to Six Games, Move Into First-Place Tie Atop Western Conference

Ryan Hamilton now leads the Marlies with 25 goals and has a career high 51 points in 71 games

TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies extended their win streak to six games this weekend after picking up three victories in three days.

Nicolas Deschamps had a goal and two assists, earning the game’s first star, as Toronto doubled up the host Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 on Friday.

Phil Dupuis, Ryan Hamilton and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Marlies while Marcel Mueller chipped in with three assists.

Jerry D’Amigo, Greg Scott and Simon Gysbers also picked up an assist each.

Chris Minard and Tomas Tatar scored for the Griffins, who sit five points out of the final playoff spot in the West.

Jussi Rynnas made 33 saves for the win while Tom McCollum turned away 23 shots in a losing effort.

Toronto went 1 for 6 on the power play as Grand Rapids failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

On Saturday the Griffins went to Toronto to face the Marlies in the final meeting of the season between the two North Division clubs and Dupuis scored the winner in overtime as the Marlies skated away with a 3-2 victory.

Mueller and D’Amigo also scored for the Marlies, who beat Grand Rapids for the fourth straight time this season, and Mark Fraser, Joe Colborne, D’Amigo and Deschamps each picked up an assist.

Doug Janik and former Marlie Fabian Brunnstrom scored for the Griffins, who opened the season with four straight wins against Toronto before dropping the final four meetings.

Rynnas made 33 saves to record his 11th win of the season, a new career high, while McCollum stopped 32 shots as he fell to 2-3-0 on the season against Toronto.

Both clubs went 0 for 2 on the power play.

Nicolas deschamps had a goal and two assists on Friday against the Griffins and now has eight points in his last five outings- Image Courtesy of Mike Ivall

After flying in from Montreal late Saturday night to rejoin the Marlies, Ben Scrivens stopped 26 shots as Toronto beat the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton, Dupuis and Deschamps each had a goal and an assist for the Marlies, who beat Hamilton for the sixth time in a row, while Mueller and D’Amigo each had an assist.

Joonas Naattinen scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs, who are mathematically eliminated from post-season play.

Robert Mayer stopped 23 of 25 shots in a losing effort.

Toronto scored on their only power-play opportunity as Hamilton failed to score on either of their chances with the extra man.

The Marlies are now tied for top spot in the Western Conference with the Oklahoma City Barons with 95 points. The Barons, however, have a game in hand and still hold the first seed.

Toronto is off all week until they finish their regular season with two games next weekend in Abbotsford against the Heat, a team they’ve beaten twice this year by a combined score of 10-4. 

Worth Noting

  • Mike Zigomanis, Nazem Kadri and Jesse Blacker all sat out with day-to-day injuries
  • Jake Gardiner, Ben Scrivens and Mat Frattin returned to the Marlies on Sunday and Jay Rosehill is expected to join the team on Tuesday after clearing waivers. Carter Ashton also joined the club on Friday
  • Juraj Mikus is 8th in the AHL with a plus-23 
  • Ben Scrivens lowered his goals-against average to a league best 2.04 and his .926 SV% is good enough for 5th
  • Marcel Mueller has a four-game point streak that includes one goal and seven points
  • Nicolas Deschamps has two goals and eight points over a five-game point streak
  • Spencer Abbott returned to the Marlies line up after spending the weekend in attendance for the Hobey Baker Award ceremony
  • Marlies finsihed the season with 11 straight wins against North Division teams. They finsihed the season 26-10-4 against their own division, which is a major improvement from last season’s record of 19-24-5
  • Marlies penalty kill continues to dominate at an 88..2%, which is best in the AHL, while their power play sitss dead last at 14.2%
  • Marlies are now 9-4-7 in games that go to extra time
  • Marlies are 8-2-0 in their last 10 contests
  • Marlies split the season series with Oklahoma City at one win apiece.

KYLE CICERELLA

@KyleTheReporter

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