TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies are looking more average than dominant recently after dropping two more games this week in American Hockey League action.
Tim Connolly, Simon Gysbers and Nicolas Deschamps scored for the Marlies on Thursday as they fell 4-3 to the host Lake Erie Monsters in overtime.
Jussi Rynnas turned away 23-of-27 shots in the loss, which was his third in a row after starting the season 6-2-1.
The loss also dropped Toronto to 10-10-3 on the road.
Toronto went 2 for 4 on the power play while Lake Erie scored once on five chances with the man advantage.
On Saturday Mark Owuya got the start in goal and stopped 30 shots, but the Marlies fell to the WB-Scranton Penguins 3-1.
Connolly scored the lone goal for the Toronto, which was outshot 19-3 in the second period en route to just its third regulation-time home loss of the season.
Rookies Jamie Devane and Andrew Crescenzi made their season debuts after being summoned from the ECHL.
Both clubs went 1 for 5 with the power play.
The Marlies have dropped four of their last five contests and finished the month of January with just four wins in 10 outings.
They are currently 23-13-4, which puts them fifth in the Western Conference standings and one point behind the Abbotsford Heat for first in the North Division.
Toronto returns to action of Feb. 1st when they face the Americans in Rochester.
Here are the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers for the week of Jan. 21st to Jan. 27th.
Season Stats: 3 GP 3 G 0 A 3 PTS
Since being demoted, Connolly has scored in all three games he’s played with the Marlies. The veteran has also been added to both the power play and the penalty kill and the longer he stays in the AHL the more this club will rely on him.
Season Stats: 37 GP 5 G 17 A 22 PTS
Colborne picked up an assist in each game this week and quietly put together his most productive month of hockey since October of 2011. In his last 10 games, the 22-year-old has three goals and 12 points.
Season Stats: 28 GP 3 G 5 A 8 PTS
Gysbers scored his second power-play goal of the season against the Monsters and with Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka and Paul Ranger inactive, the 25-year-old is the most offensive blue liner the club currently has. He led all D-men in points last season and he will be asked to play a similar role until Ranger returns.
Season Stats: 32 GP 1 G 7 A 8 PTS
Perhaps feeling the effects of his demotion, Holzer was caught on the ice for both of the Penguins’ even-strength goals alongside partner Jake Gardiner. Nothing about his game is flashy, offence comes second to protecting his own net, however he has gone 28 games without a goal.
Season Stats: 36 GP 5 G 6 A 11 PTS
After finishing back-to-back games in the minus column, Acton got a rest against the Penguins so that Andrew Crescenzi could slide into the lineup. With his shut-down line broken up, Dallas Eakins may look for some more offence from the 24-year-old, who has gone pointless in his last six games.
Season Stats: 31 GP 6 G 14 A 20 PTS
Ranger was knocked out of action on Jan. 13th and it was revealed on Tuesday he is out indefinitely with a concussion. Eakins said he is working out, but he hasn’t been on the ice in two weeks and it’s unsure when he will rejoin his club.
Look for the Toronto Marlies hot and cold performers every Monday.