Toronto Marlies Vs Binghamton Devils
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Toronto: N. Soshnikov (B. Smith, A. Johnsson), C. Greening (C. Mueller), K. Rychel (C. Mueller, D. Timashov)PP, A. Borgman (Unassisted), C. Greening (F. Gauthier, R. Valiev)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (29/31)
Binghamton: M. Kapla (C. Bertschy, B. Pietila), J. Mandat (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Appleby (31/36)
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
The Marlies swept the weekend with a 502 victory over the Binghamton Devils on Sunday, to extend their winning streak to seven games. The win also extends the Marlies game streak to 16 games going 15-0-0-1 during that period.
Binghamton scored first on Sunday, when Michael Kapla scored on from the point with a little of six minutes left in the first.
Marlies Nikita Soshnikov tied the game two and a half minutes, with a pass from Ben Smith. Andreas Johnsson had the secondary assist on Soshnikov’s seventh of the season.
The Devils took the lead again early in the second, with a goal from Jan Mandat.
The Marlies answered right back when Colin Greening scored on a short side shot with Chris Mueller assist. Five minutes later, Kerby Rychel gave the Marlies the lead on the powerplay, tapping in a Mueller pass. Dmytro Timashov had the second assist on the goal.
With less than two minutes left in the second, Andreas Borgman intercepted a pass and collected his own rebound to bury the second chance shot and score his first career AHL goal.
Greening broke the two goal lead in the final five minutes of the game, taking a drop pass from Frederik Gauthier to earn the 5-2 win.
- The Marlies have extended their point streak to 16 games
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Toronto had a 36-31 edge in shots in all situations.
- Nikita Soshnikov led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 27-6-0-0 against North Division opponents this season and 5-0-0-0 against the Binghamton Devils. The Marlies have outscored the Devils 19-5 with one game left in the season’s series
· On tonight’s game:
“There wasn’t a lot of offence going on out there so the fact that we were able to come away with five goals is a good thing. On their side of it, it’s probably frustrating for them. It’s a sign of how things have gone for them. They play a good hockey game, they’re very structured and they’re not giving up a whole lot but somehow the puck goes in the net five times. I thought this game was well played by their team, they didn’t give us a lot. I thought we played like a tired team. Just didn’t have a whole lot of rhythm to our game today, just in terms of lines and how we are rolling guys out and a lot of factors. But just the fact that, all of those things considered, we come out and win the game still and win the game with a three goal cushion. We got all the way down to four defenceman there in the third period and kind of had to call a timeout to let our guys settle down and regroup, I was a little concerned about them there. But to win a game like that on a three-in-three for our guys, not a lot of them played three-in-three, but most of them who played big minutes for us did. To come up with a win at the end of the weekend was very good.”
On the point streak:
“I don’t think it’s been a distraction and it’s up to me to make sure it’s not a distraction. Again, we don’t talk about it. We just focus on every day. We watch the game back and we see what we have done well, where we can be better. There are a lot of areas in every single game, there were chunks of this game today where the other team was outplaying us. So, there are a lot of things we can get better at and that is what we are trying to focus on. At the same time, we are trying to add different things to our team every week when practice time allows it, so we are trying to grow every chance that we get. We are at a point in our season now where we know that we are going to be in the playoffs and we are trying to prepare for that as best we can. We’ve got a lot of runway left to do that and we are going to make sure we focus on the big picture the whole time.”
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe