Toronto Marlies Open 3-in-3 Weekend With Shootout Victory Over Rochester Americans

March 22, 2024

The Toronto Marlies opened their second straight 3-in-3 weekend with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Rochester Americans.

In the first period, Dylan Gambrell scored his 13th of the season at 17:56 to give the Marlies a 1-0 lead. With an assist on the goal, Tate Singleton recorded his first career AHL point.

In the third period, Rochester tied the game with just under three minutes remaining thanks to a goal from Linus Weissbach. Both teams exchanged chances in overtime but a shootout was needed.

In the shootout, Nick Abruzzese scored the game winner for Toronto, and Dennis Hildeby stopped all three Amerks shooters for his 17th win of the season.

The Marlies return to action on Saturday at Coca-Cola Coliseum when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs App, AHLTV and NHL Network.

Game notes:

Toronto: D. Gambrell (13) (T. Singleton, A. Steeves)
Goaltender: D. Hildeby (31/32) W

Rochester: L. Weissbach (11) (R. Johnson, T. Kozak)
Goaltender: M. Houser (19/20) SO/L


  • Dylan Gambrell opened the scoring at 17:56 of the first period. He has points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games. Gambrell has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) 57 games this season.
  • Tate Singleton recorded the primary assist on Gambrell’s first period goal. This was his first career AHL point. He has 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists) in 59 games this season with Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • Alex Steeves registered the secondary assist on Gambrell’s first period goal. He has assists (3) in consecutive games. Steeves has 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 53 games this season.
  • Dennis Hildeby stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced. He is 2-1 in shootouts this season.


  • Alex Steeves – No goal (2023-24: 3/5)
  • Logan Shaw – No goal (2023-24: 2/5)
  • Nick Abruzzese – Goal (2023-24: 1/1)


  • Toronto is 4-2 in the shootout this season.
  • The Marlies went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 9-14-4-0 when not scoring on the power play and 17-8-2-1 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Rochester had a 32-21 edge in shots in all situations. Logan Shaw led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 12-6-3-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • Toronto is 14-14-7-2 against North Division opponents and are 2-1-2-0 against the Americans this season. Toronto has outscored Rochester 17-16. Toronto has outshot Rochester 189-148.


Scoring first                                        26-4-7-2
Leading after 1st                                  17-2-3-0
Leading after 2nd                                  19-1-3-0
On the road                                        16-10-3-2
Friday                                                  9-5-1-1

MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active AHL players

Goals               26
(K. Bellows)
Assists            29 (N. Abruzzese, J. Blandisi)          
Points              52 (J. Blandisi)
PPG                 7 (J. Blandisi)
Shots               181 (K. Bellows)
+/-                    +18 (T. Miller)
PIMS                126 (K. Clifford)


On tonight’s game:

We knew it was going to be like a playoff game for both teams because we’re jockeying for position and want to set the tone in these last few games. We expected their best. I thought we played a smart game from the get go and gave us a chance to win which we were fortunate enough to do. I liked our effort, I liked our decisions that lead up to playoff winning hockey, the discipline and just understanding what it takes to win.

On Dennis HIldeby:
He’s been a beast for us all season. To have him come up with a game like that at a meaningful time was huge and the players fed off of that.

UPCOMING GAMES:*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 23 vs. Hartford – 4:00 p.m.
March 24 vs. Laval – 4:00 p.m.
March 27 at Manitoba – 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
March 29 at Manitoba – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
April 3 vs. Springfield – 11:00 a.m.

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