Ritchie scores twice as Leafs beat Montreal 6-2

Mark Freitas
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Nick Ritchie scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena in NHL preseason action.

Montreal opened the scoring two minutes into the game as Joel Armia deflected Ben Chariot's shot past Petr Mrazek to give the Habs a 1-0 lead early. Nick Ritchie would tie the game at 1-1 on the power-play. Moments later Ritchie gave the Buds a 2-1 with a wrist shot beating Sam Montembeault. 

The goals in the first period continued as Alex Belzile tied the game 2-2. Two minutes later Ilya Mikheyev put Toronto up 3-2. Tonight the Leafs gave Mikheyev an audition with John Tavares and William Nylander on their line. Mikheyev had requested a trade this past off-season due to the lack of ice time he was getting.

Heading into the second period Brennan Menell scored to make it 4-2 for the Leafs. Menell had two points tonight with a goal and an assist. Menell was acquired by the Leafs on July 28th from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 7th round pick. On August 1st he signed a one-year. a two-way contract worth $750,000.

Toronto continued to add to the lead as Semyon Der-Arguchinstev scored his first of the preseason.

The Leafs went up 6-2 as Brett Seney showed off his slick hands going end-to-end scoring a nice goal. Seney had two points on the night getting an assist. John Tavares and Mitch Marner combined for four points tonight as they had two assists.

Petr Mrazek was the starter for the Leafs he played the full 60 minutes he made 20 saves on 22 shots.

During the game, it was announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Josh Ho-Sang to a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies. In the three preseason games Ho-Sang has played with Toronto he had four points which were all assists.

Toronto made cuts after the game as forward Semyon Der-Arguchinstev, defencemen Mac Hollowell, Erik Kallgren and goaltender Kristians Rubins were assigned to the Toronto Marlies. The Leafs also released Nikita Gusev from his PTO.

Toronto will close out the preseason Saturday night when they play the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena puck drop is at 7:00 PM.