Marlies Shutout Amerks
January 7, 2017
Toronto: R. Valiev (2) SHG (B. Froese), K. Rychel (8) (C. Greening), Byron Froese (13) (T. Lindberg, A. Campbell), B. Froese (14) (B. Leipsic), A. Johnsson (8) (T. Cameranesi, T. Moore)
Goaltender: G. Sparks 24/24
Goaltender: L. Ullmark 37/42
FROM THE SCORESHEET
- Rinat Valiev opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 4:11 in the first period. Valiev has ten points (2 goals, 8 assists) this season.
- Kerby Rychel collected his eighth of the season to give the Marlies a 2-0 lead at 6:21 of the first period. Rychel has goals (2) in consecutive games and has 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 30 games played this season.
- Byron Froese scored twice and picked up his second shorthanded point of the season with an assist on Valiev’s opening goal. Tonight’s game is Froese’s third multi-point game of the season and he now sits at 20 points (14 goals, 6 assists) through 30 games.
- Andreas Johnsson registered his eighth of the season at 15:38 of the third period. Johnsson has 16 points through 33 games this season.
- Colin Greening, Andrew Campbell, Tobias Lindberg, Brendan Leipsic, Tony Cameranesi and Trevor Moore all registered an assist in tonight’s game.
- Garret Sparks stopped 24-of-24 shots, picking up his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career. Sparks is 5-4 this season with a 2.03 Goals Against Average and .922 Save Percentage.
- The Marlies are now 10-5-0-0 at home this season.
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power-play.
- The Marlies registered a season high 42 shots on goal and held Rochester to 24. Dmytro Timashov led the way with five shots on goal.
- Toronto has scored four shorthanded goals this season.
- Marc-André Cliche is two games away from playing in his 400th career AHL game. He is also two assists away from 100 career AHL assists.
- Brendan Leipsic is four assists away from 100 career AHL assists.
- Andrew Campbell is five assists away from 100 career AHL assists.
- Colin Smith is six assists away from 100 career AHL assists.
POST GAME QUOTES
“We've played together for a bit now, for most of the year and you get used to guys, where they're going to be. On our line, we have a lot of different assets, Leiper has a lot of skill, Lindy is a big body who can hold onto the puck and beat guys and I like to get to the net. So I think a combination works well.”
- Byron Froese, Marlies Forward
“They both got off to great starts to the season. They're very much deserving all-stars, they're going to represent our team very well, as they have all season long. Any time we've had success as a group, those guys generally have been the spark for us offensively and they're doing a lot of good things away from the puck as well. Both have taken advantage of the extra opportunity this year with so many openings and so many people leaving from last season. They've taken a real big step in their development and I'm happy to see them get recognized.”
- Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
NEXT GAME: Sunday, January 8, 2017 vs Rochester - 3:00 p.m. EST