Tough Battle in Utica

Toronto Marlies
February 15, 2017

Toronto: A. Johnsson (14) (Unassisted), A. Nielsen (10) (F. Corrado, R. Clune)
Goaltender: G. Sparks 28/33
Utica: R. Dendulic (6) PP (C. Kunyk, J. LaBate), W. Hamilton (7) SH (C. Bancks, D. Shields), C. Kunyk (7) (A. Pedan, J. Virtanen), E. McEneny (6) (C. Bancks, C. Kunyk), C. Valk (14) PP (E. McEneny, A. Grenier)
Goaltender: R. Bachman 22/24

  • Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring with his 14th of the season at 16:45 of the first period. Johnsson has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in his past nine games and now sits at 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 50 games this season.
  • Andrew Nielsen registered his tenth of the season at 12:23 of the second period. Nielsen is second amongst rookie defenceman in scoring with 30 points.
  • Frank Corrado extended his point streak to four games, collecting six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in that span. Corrado has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 12 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Rich Clune picked up the secondary assist on Nielsen’s second period goal. Clune has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • The Marlies now hold an 11-14-1-1 record on the road.
  • Toronto went 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-6 on the power-play.
  • The Comets outshot the Marlies 33 to 24.
  • The Marlies are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games.
  • The Marlies are 5-2-0-0 this season against the Comets (1-2-0-0 on the road).
  • Andreas Johnsson has registered a team high 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in seven games this season against the Comets.
  • Toronto has outscored Utica 28-19 through eight games this season.
“We knew they would make some adjustments, we had our way with them last time we were in here but to think you’re going to score four power-play goals and have the power-play carry you through games consistently is unrealistic. We didn’t execute, our passes were off and we played slow. Our power-play wasn’t good, it’s one thing for your power-play to not be very good but we can’t get scored on shorthanded, they put two in the net when they’re on their power-play so clearly it’s a difference, much like it was last time we were here just on the flipside. I thought we had a good first period here today, second and third when the special teams got going I thought we lost our way.”
-       Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
NEXT GAME: Friday, February 17, 2017 vs Manitoba - 7:00 p.m. EST

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