The AHL’s Toronto Marlies look to finish the weekend with a win today, as the team prepares to host the Abbotsford Heat after consecutive games against the Hamilton Bulldogs which resulted in a split series.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…
- Today’s 3 p.m. matchup is the third of six meetings between Toronto and Abbotsford this season. The Marlies are searching for their first win over the Heat since May 9, when Toronto defeated Abbotsford 3-2 to win their playoff series.
- Looking only at regular season games, the Marlies haven’t won over the Heat since February 4.
- The teams last met just a few weeks ago, when Toronto visited Abbotsford for consecutive away games, both of which resulted in losses. The first game, November 1, was a 3-0 defeat in which goaltender Ben Scrivens allowed two goals on 26 shots faced. The teams met again the next day, which ended in a 4-2 win for Abbotsford. Spencer Abbott and Paul Ranger tallied for the Marlies, and Mark Owuya had 15 saves in the loss.
- After today’s afternoon match-up, the teams meet three more times in Toronto, all 3 p.m. games on December 9, March 9 and March 30.
- The Marlies began this weekend with a Friday evening loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 6-3. Matt Frattin scored twice and Jerry D’Amigo also scored, with Nazem Kadri adding two assists. Ben Scrivens had 23 saves in 59:36 before Hamilton added an empty-netter to seal the win.
- The teams took the ice in Toronto in an afternoon game on Saturday, which turned the tables as the Marlies defeated Hamilton 6-1. Leo Komarov, Mark Fraser, Nicolas Deschamps, Keith Aucoin (2) and Mike Kostka all scored for the Marlies, who were 3-for-8 on the power play. Ben Scrivens had 16 saves in the win, while Nazem Kadri had four assists.
- Left winger Leo Komarov leads the team with six goals, while center Nazem Kadri’s 12 assists are best in that category for the Marlies. Center Keith Aucoin’s 14 points in 14 games lead the team. Defensemen Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser, both plus-5 on the season, are best in the team in that category.
- The Heat last played on Friday night as they faced off against the Rochester Americans. Laing, Baertschi and Byron scored for Abbotsford as they defeated the Amerks by a score of 3-2. Eight different Heat players had at least a point in the win, and goaltender Leland Irving had 36 saves.
- The Heat are on a seven-game point streak and have earned 23 of a possible 28 points this season. They hold first place in the league and have a 10-1-1-2 record. The last game where Abbotsford didn’t gain at least a point came on October 28, in a 2-1 loss to Hamilton.
- Center Roman Horak leads the team with ten goals, while Ben Walter has that many assists to lead the team in that category. Rookie left winger Sven Baertschi leads the team with 14 points in 14 games, while defenseman Chris Breen’s plus-11 is best on the team.