TORONTO– With two more victories this week, the Toronto Marlies have now picked up at least one point in 10 straight games and sit first in the Western Conference standings.
Keith Aucoin scored twice and set up one more and Joe Colborne had a goal and two assists as the Marlies, who scored three times with the power play, blanked the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 6-0 on Wednesday.
Ben Scrivens only had to make 14 saves for his second shutout of the season while Ryan Hamilton, Jerry D’Amigo and Greg McKegg scored the others.
The victory was Toronto’s fifth in seven games against the Bulldogs, who currently sit last in the entire AHL.
On Saturday Mike Kostka set up three of his club’s goals and Colborne had a goal and an assist as the Marlies beat the visiting Rockford IceHogs 5-2, improving their record at the Ricoh Coliseum to 13-2-1.
Kenny Ryan scored for the first time in 13 games for Toronto and Mike Zigomanis, Paul Ranger and Hamilton also scored.
Hamilton’s goal was his team-leading 16th of the season, which is good for sixth in AHL scoring, and his 11th in his last 12 outings.
Scrivens turned away 33-of-35 shots for his 14th win of the season and ninth in his last 11 starts.
Both Korbinian Holzer (foot) and Nazem Kadri (oblique) returned to action on Saturday after missing time with their injuries.
Toronto is 8-0-2 in its last 10 and 21-9-3 overall, which is good for first in the Western Conference standings and four points behind the Syracuse Crunch for first in the AHL.
The club will practice Monday before heading to Hamilton on Tuesday to face the Bulldogs for the eighth time this season. The game will kick off a six-game road trip for Toronto, which is just 8-7-1 away from the Ricoh Coliseum.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of December 31st to January 6th.
Season Stats: 30 4 G 11 A 15 PTS
Colborne put together his two most-productive games of the season as he scored two goals and five points against Hamilton and Rockford. The 22-year-old has three goals and nine points in his last nine outings, which is a scoring pace much closer to the expectation set upon him by the club.
Season Stats: 33 GP 6 G 28 A 34 PTS
Kostka had two assists against Hamilton and followed that with three more against Rockford. In his last seven games the 27-year-old has recorded two goals and 12 points and will likely earn a look from the big club come training camp. He has run Toronto’s power play with much success in Jake Gardiner’s absence and is second among all AHL defencemen in scoring.
Season Stats: 22 GP 14-7-2 2.22 GAA .917 SV%
Scrivens stopped 47-of-49 shots in his two victories this week and improved to 9-1-1 in his last 11 starts. In those 11 games he has a 1.81 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. Also, Jussi Rynnas’ early-season push for the number-one job hasn’t looked to phase the 26-year-old as he’s started six of Toronto’s last seven games.
Season Stats: 24 GP 5 G 3 A 8 PTS
McKegg scored against Hamilton, but any chance to put together a streak was ended against Rockford when Brandon Bollig hit him and forced him out of the game. “Concussion-symptons, wasn’t feeling right, so that’s an immediate shutdown for our team,” is what head coach Dallas Eakins said post game about the rookie’s status.
Season Stats: 17 GP 2 G 11 A 13 PTS
Abbott has done a great job creating space on the power play, but his production has cooled off since starting the season with 12 points in 12 games. The rookie has just one assist in his last five outings despite bing on a line with Keith Aucoin and Ryan Hamilton.
Season Stats: 20 GP 9 G 7 A 16 PTS
Frattin has been physical and getting some scoring chances, but he has produced just two goals in his last 14 games. The longest the 24-year-old went last season without a goal was three games, while streaks of five games and four games without a goal have both happened since Dec. 15th.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.