Marlies Win 5th Straight
February 18, 2009
Marlies Down Crunch 8-5
Tlusty’s Franchise Record, Five-Goal Night Extends Winning Streak to Five
(TORONTO) – Jiri Tlusty scored a Marlies franchise high, five goals in the Toronto Marlies 8-5 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night in front of 1,914 fans at Ricoh Coliseum. The win extends the Marlies winning streak to five games.
Tlusty scored the game’s first two goals on his first two shifts to give Toronto a 2-0 lead within the first six minutes of the hockey game. Tim Stapleton collected assists on each of Tlusty’s two goals, extending both of their scoring streaks to eight games.
Ryan Hamilton made it 3-0 with his first goal in a Marlies uniform. Hamilton beat Crunch starting goalie Dan LaCosta with a spinning backhand shot along the ice.
Kevin Harvey used a Marlies turnover to cut the lead to 3-1 before the first intermission. The Crunch used a Craig MacDonald early goal in the second period to pull them within one.
Alex Foster and Dan Smith each exchanged goals within a minute apart.
Tlusty got the hat-trick at the 5:40 mark of the second period, his first in the American Hockey League. Battaglia and Josh Engel each collected assists on Tlusty’s 16th of the season. Josh Engel picked up his second assist of the night on the play.
The Crunch made it a 5-4 game with a power play goal from Mike York and then Kyle Wharton tied the game early in the third period with his first of the season.
Engel scored his first career AHL goal six minutes into the third period to put the Marlies back in front 6-5. Battaglia registered his third assist of the game and seventh helper in the past three games.
Tlusty then made it a night to remember with two more tallies to give him a Marlies franchise record, five goals while finishing the game with a plus-six rating. Hamilton picked up an assist on Tlusty’s empty netter for his third point of the night.
Adam Munro made 33 saves for his eighth win of the season.
The Marlies host the Hamilton Bulldogs this Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Pay Day Friday’s Night presented by Ricoh.
ICE CHIPS: The Marlies entered the game on a five-game winning streak…The Marlies hit five posts in the first period…Tim Stapleton and Jiri Tlusty extended their point streaks to eight games; while Bates Battaglia extended his to five…Adam Munro is 1-2 against the Crunch this season…Syracuse’s road power play ranks third last in the AHL with an efficiency of only 10.5%...With his plus-four night, Phil Oreskovic now leads the team with a plus-20 rating…Dan LaCosta got his first NHL start and win on Feb. 7 in a game against the San Jose Sharks.
1. TOR J. Tlusty (14) (Stapleton, Engel) 2:12
2. TOR J. Tlusty 2 (15) (Stapleton, Battaglia) 5:41
3. TOR R. Hamilton (9) (Foster, Deveaux) 8:47
1. SYR K. Harvey (5) (unassisted) 9:34
2. SYR C. MacDonald (13) (Mayorov) 2:48
4. TOR A. Foster (10) (Hamilton) 3:13
3. SYR D. Smith (2) (York, MacKenzie) 3:58
5. TOR J. Tlusty 3 (16) (Battaglia, Engel) 5:40
4. SYR M. York (9) (MacKenzie, Holden) 8:08 PP
5. SYR K. Wharton (1) (unassisted) 2:59
6. TOR J. Engel (1) (Battaglia) 6:14
7. TOR J. Tlusty 4 (17) 18:01
8. TOR J. Tlusty 5 (18) (Hamilton) 19:01 EN
1. TOR: Jiri Tlusty
2. TOR: Josh Engel
3. TOR: Ryan Hamilton