TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies extended their winning streak to six games after picking up three more victories this week.
Marcel Mueller set up three goals, including the winner, as the Marlies defeated the host Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 on Friday.
On Saturday the Griffins went to Toronto and dropped their fourth straight contest to the Marlies, by a score of 3-2, after Phil Dupuis scored the winner in overtime.
Toronto picked up their sixth straight win, and fifth in a row against the Hamilton Bulldogs, on Sunday after Ben Scrivens made 25 saves en route to a 3-1 decision.
The Marlies are now 44-23-7 and their 95 points moves them into a first-place tie with the Oklahoma City Barons atop the Western Conference standings. The Barons, however, hold down the first seed as they currently have one game in hand.
Toronto heads to Abbotsford this week for back-to-back games against the Heat to finish off the regular season. First game goes Friday night.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of April 2nd-8th.
Season Stats: 38 GP 7 G 22 A 29 PTS (with Marlies)
Deschamps recorded two multi-point games over the weekend and finished with six point in three contests. He now has a five-game point streak with eight points in the process. He’s heating up at the right time because before his scoring picked up he had just one goal in 10 games.
Season Stats: 71 GP 14 G 33 A 47 PTS
Mueller has picked up at least one point in four straight games and has seven in total. He showed excitement, or perhaps a sense of relief, when he scored on Saturday against the Griffins as it tied his rookie-season total of 14. He, like Deschamps, had been in a goal funk with just one in his previous 21 games.
Season Stats: 73 GP 21 G 23 A 44 PTS
Scott has picked up a point in six of his last seven games and continues to be a top-minute player. His 21 goals are second on the team while he spends a lot of his time protecting the point on every penalty kill. He now has 220 shots-on-goal for the season, which leads his team and is 44 more than closest to.
Season Stats: 68 GP 19 G 42 A 61 PTS
Zigomanis missed practice during the week and then sat out all three games on the weekend with an elbow problem. Head coach Dallas Eakins joked that the injury was likely from taking too many face-offs but, regardless of reason, it’s likely of little concern and gave a couple junior prospects a chance to dress.
Season Stats: 71 GP 5 G 9 A 14 PTS
Wilson was a healthy scratch on Friday against the Griffins and, despite the fact he’s not in the line up for scoring, he has just one goal in his last 21 games. His five goals on the season are a career low and well off his career high of 15 from 2009. His name was left off the playoff roster so his season is likely done this weekend.
Marlies’ Power Play
Season Stats: 46 for 326 14.1%
Toronto’s power play has gone 4 for 37 in its last 10 games and has fallen to dead last in the AHL. Eakins said that if he had to choose he would keep his number-one penalty kill over a top-ranked power play but added, before playoffs start, his crew will be re-evaluting their approach. The addition of Jake Gardiner should also help.
This is the final week of the regular season so next Monday’s hot and cold performers will be the last one before playoff coverage starts.