Marlies Drop Fifth Straight

Jussi Rynnas and Marcel Mueller shine in return, but Toronto falls to Lake Erie 3-2

by Clayton Hansler
April 6, 2011

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In his first start in nearly two months, Jussi Rynnas was terrific in his return to the lineup. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, the Toronto Marlies were not able to gain the victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Wednesday night.

Julien Brouillette scored the game winner on the powerplay as his point shot beat the Marlies Finnish netminder, glove side.

Rynnas made 25 saves in the defeat, his most spectacular coming in the third period when Greg Mauldin and Ben Walter broke away on a two-on-one shorthanded rush. When Mauldin's cross-ice pass was received by Walter, Rynnas was leaped across the crease making an outstretched save with his right pad.

The Monsters, who have won an incredible ten of their last twelve, opened the scoring in the middle frame when Mauldin took a pass from Walter on the powerplay in the low slot. Mauldin's quick, high shot escaped Rynnas on the glove side. The tally was the first of three scored by Lake Erie with the extra man against Toronto's first-place penalty kill.

The Marlies responded 49 seconds later as Marcel Mueller tipped a slap-pass from Greg Scott at the top of the crease and past netminder Jason Bacashihua. Mueller's goal is his first since February 9th in his first game back after missing 16 straight contests after suffering an upper-body injury.

Toronto then took the lead at 17:21 of the second period when Korbinian Holzer's blast from the blue line ventured up and over the right shoulder of Bacashihua and into the netting behind him. Holzer's powerplay marker was the team's first since going on a horrendous stretch from March 12th - April 3rd where the Marlies only scored a single goal on 31 opportunities while a man up.

Shawn Belle's low point shot slipped under the pad of Rynnas to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining in the second period.

Bacashihua stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn his 22nd victory of the season, the most single-season win total of any Lake Erie netminder.

Toronto's losing streak has now been extended to a season's worst five games. Toronto has managed only nine goals over that time, and garnered only a single point.

The Marlies will return home Saturday to face the Rochester Americans at Ricoh Coliseum before closing out the season Sunday at home against Abbotsford. For ticket information, including season ticket packages and group seats, visit or call the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK.

Notes: Toronto's 1-6-0-1 record against Lake Erie is second only to the two winless games against Milwaukee (0-1-0-1) as season worst ... January 9-17 2009 was the last time the Marlies had lost five straight, part of a skid that saw Toronto earn only a single victory in 8 games … Marcel Mueller has scored four of his 10 goals at Quicken Loans Arena against Jason Bacashihua … Korbinian Holzer's third goal was his second scored on the road against the Lake Erie team … The recorded attendance in Cleveland was 4,898.

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