TORONTO-The Toronto Marlies spent the week on the wrong side of the shot clock and at times scoring opportunities, however in three outings they were able to come away with five-of-six points.
Despite being outshot 36-17 on Wednesday, Toronto was able to steal a point after losing to the host Lake Erie Monsters 4-3 in a shootout.
Ryan Hamilton, Paul Ranger and Greg McKegg scored for the Marlies, who have dropped two-of-three games this season to Lake Erie, while Mike Kostka and Joe Colborne had two assists apiece. Jussi Rynnas made 32 saves in defeat.
Toronto was again heavily outshot on Friday when it hosted the San Antonio Rampage, but this time they skated away with a 4-1 victory.
The Marlies put up a season-low 16 shots on San Antonio’s net, however Carter Ashton, Mike Kostka, Hamilton and Ranger each scored once while Ben Scrivens turned aside 30 shots for the victory.
Spencer Abbott chipped in with two assists while Hamilton and Kostka each had an assist for a two-point outing.
On Saturday Keith Aucoin led Toronto with a goal and three assists and Hamilton chipped in a goal and an assist as the Marlies doubled up the visiting St. John’s IceCaps 4-2.
Abbott and Simon Gysbers also scored for Toronto, which improved to 10-2-1 on home ice, and Scrivens stopped 30-of-32 shots for his 11th win of the season.
The Marlies are now 17-9-2, which moves them ahead of the Abbotsford Heat for top spot in the North Division and second in the Western Conference.
Their next contest will be on Dec. 26th when they host the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Air Canada Centre on Mike Zigomanis bobble-head day.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of Dec. 17th to 23rd .
Season Stats: 26 GP 12 G 6 A 18 PTS
Hamilton had three goals and five points in three games this week and now has seven goals in his last seven outings. The captain’s 12 total goals gives him the outright team lead and his goal against San Antonio moved him into the franchise lead with 75.
Season Stats: 27 GP 6 G 24 A 30 PTS
Aucoin has three goals and eight points over a current four-game point streak, highlighted by a four-point outing against St John’s. The 34-year-old moved into 10th all-time in AHL scoring against the IceCaps, with 805 points, and his 24 assists is good for top spot this season for AHL forwards.
Season Stats: 18 GP 11-7-0 2.39 GAA .912 SV%
Scrivens won both starts this week and stopped 60-0f-63 shots while doing so. The Spruce Grove, Alta. Native has won five of his last six starts, including two in overtime, and has a .923 save percentage through the month of December.
Season Stats: 25 GP 1 G 5 A 6 PTS
Holzer had a rare, sub-par performance against Lake Erie as he was on the ice for all four goals against, including the winner in overtime. While the shut-down defenceman isn’t expected to produce much up front, he has gone 21 games since scoring last, which came back in October.
Season Stats: 15 GP 8 G 4 A 12 PTS
Since starting his year with seven goals in his first six games, Frattin has cooled off with just one goal in his last nine outings and he’s been held pointless in his last four games. The timing of his lack in production is parallel with his line mate Nazem Kadri going down with a hip injury.
Season Stats: 9 GP 0 G 4 A 4 PTS
Yeo’s playing time has been scarce this season and an opportunity that arose for him to suit up this week was taken away after he was hit with a flu bug. The poor timing left Toronto with only five blue liners against San Antonio and now that Jesse Blacker has returned to the lineup, it’s uncertain when he will dress next.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.