TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies played three important division-rival games this past weekend and skated away with a victory in each one.
Matt Frattin scored twice and Ben Scrivens turned aside 28-of-29 shots as the Marlies downed the host Rochester Americans 4-1 on Friday. Carter Ashton and Jerry D’Amigo also scored as the win halted Toronto’s three-game losing streak.
On Saturday it was Nazem Kadri’s turn to lead the offence scoring twice, including the overtime winner, as the Marlies edged the Americans 3-2 in the back end of a home and home series. Paul Ranger also scored and Scrivens had his best performance of the season as he stopped 36 shots for his seventh victory.
Ryan Hamilton and Jake Gardiner each scored twice and rookie Spencer Abbott chipped in with three assists as Toronto slipped past the visiting Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. Mark Owuya made 24 saves for his second win of the year and Kadri added a single goal to round out the Marlies’ offence.
With three wins in as many days, Toronto is now 12-8-1 and sit in sixth in the Western Conference standings. They also moved one point ahead of the Monsters for second spot in the North Division.
The Marlies will have Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday. Their next game will be on Saturday Dec. 8th when they host the Americans, who they have beaten in all three meetings this season.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for November 26th to December 2nd.
Season Stats: 8 GP 7 G 2 A 9 PTS
Frattin scored twice on Friday against Rochester, which was his second multi-goal game of the season, and then set up both of Kadri’s goals on Saturday. His seven goals ties him with Jake Gardiner and Ryan Hamilton for the team lead and he’s averaging almost four shots on a goal a game, which is the most of any Toronto forward.
Season Stats: 20 GP 5 G 13 A 18 PTS
Kadri has been quiet with goal scoring this season, however on Saturday he scored twice, including the OT winner, to double his season output. He then added another on Sunday against Lake Erie while playing back at his natural position of centre. The 22-year-old is currently lining up with Frattin to his right and they are starting to create some real chemistry.
Season Stats: 6 GP 1 G 8 A 9 PTS
Abbott hasn’t played often, but when he does he makes an impact. The 24-year-old has picked up a point in five-of-six games this season, which was highlighted on Sunday with three assists against Lake Erie. Abbott could get some more playing time as a foot injuury slowed him down earlier in the season when he was first starting to heat up.
Season Stats: 18 GP 1 G 5 A 6 PTS
Colborne has struggled with production most of the year and hasn’t picked up a point in eight straight games. He earned his second healthy scratch of the season against Lake Erie and has scored less goals than each of the three players Dallas Eakins uses on his shut-down line. In terms of forwards, only Kenny Ryan, Greg McKegg and Brad Ross have produced less, but they’ve played fewer games.
Season Stats: 15 GP 2 G 2 A 4 PTS
The rookie’s year started strong as he dressed in the first 10 games of the season, however he has been a scratch in four of the last 10, including two this past weekend. He hasn’t recorded a point in in eight games or a goal in 10 and with other prospects like Abbott producing and Brad Ross patiently waiting for more game time, he will need to do more.
Season Stats: 19 GP 4 G 2 A 6 PTS
Deschamps started to catch fire in mid-November when he scored in three straight games, but he has just one assist in his last six outings and keeps bouncing between second and third line action. Since scoring his last goal on Nov. 18th, the 22-year-old has five shots on goal in six games.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.