MARLIES 5 @ Laval 1
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Friday, April 22, 2022
Toronto: J. Anderson (23) (B. Seney), R. Clune (4) (J. Ho-Sang, J. Duszak), P. Myers (1) (N. Robertson, C. Dahlström), N. Robertson (15) (Unassisted), P. Holmberg (1) EN (B. Seney, J. Anderson)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (35/36) W
Laval: J. Teasdale (13) (L. Condotta, T. Paquette-Bisson)
Goaltender: K. Poulin (26/30) L
- Joey Anderson put the Marlies on the board at 9:26 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on Holmberg’s third period goal. He has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games. Anderson has 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) in 52 games this season.
- Rich Clune scored the game-winning goal at 14:06 of the second period. This was his fourth goal and first game-winning goal in 55 games this season.
- Phil Myers scored at 15:51 of the second period. He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. This was his first goal with the Marlies.
- Nick Robertson scored unassisted at 10:13 of the third period and earlier picked up the primary assist on Myers’ second period goal. He has points (7-3-10) in eight consecutive games.
- Pontus Holmberg scored on the empty net at 14:33 of the third period. This was his first career AHL goal in his second game.
- Brett Seney had the lone assist on Anderson’s second period goal and the primary assist on Holmberg’s third period goal. He has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his last five games.
- Josh Ho-Sang recorded the lone assist on Clune’s second period goal. He has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 44 games this season.
- Joseph Duszak had the secondary assist on Clune’s second period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Duszak has 51 points (7 goals, 44 assists) in 58 games this season.
- Carl Dahlström collected the secondary assist on Myers’ second period goal. He has 14 assists in 47 games this season.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced.
- The Marlies went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 12-20-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 18-11-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
- Laval had a 36-31 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 22-20-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 19-14-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-3-0-1 against the Rocket. Laval has outscored Toronto 25-21 through six games.
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
This is a tough building to come in in the first period, sold out crowd. This team plays very heavy. I thought our team did a really good job being prepared and ready for that. Once we go through that energy and that push by Laval, we got stronger, we got better. A couple of big kills by our penalty kill, they were really important in the win today. Hutchy making some big saves. We’ve been chasing a 60-minute game all year, I think this was as close to it as we’ve had.
On Rich Clune and his game-winning goal:
It’s electric. Cluner does a lot for our group and when he can add offensively like that, it’s a big lift. The boys get really vibrant on the bench and excited for him. He does so much for us in other areas.
On Filip Král leaving the game in the first period:
Kind of a weird play. It was a great play by him. A good hit on the entry against, put the guy into the glass and got a stall. Things we definitely ask our D to do. Just unfortunate how the skate, probably of the opponent, grazed him on the inside of the leg. A leg laceration so just for precautionary reasons, we made sure we kept him out, not knowing how deep it was or what was the damage.
JOEY ANDERSON (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On tonight’s game:
This was one of our most complete games. It was a must-win for us. There are no excuses. It has to be that way and it’s got to be that way the rest of the year.
On the penalty kill:
Just like the rest of the game, we were winning battles. A lot of the inconsistencies with our team this year have been competing and battles and structure. Tonight, we battled the whole time. Even when things weren’t perfect, we competed, blocked shots, didn’t panic when things broke down. Those are the things we need to do if we want to do anything come into the springtime, we’ve got to have that effort every night.
RICH CLUNE (GAME-WINNING GOAL)
On tonight’s game:
Based on our penalty kills, that was probably the difference of us being down a few goals early. You could really see the character and the courage and what we know we have in that room, we have a tight-knit group who will do things for each other and it came out there with the blocks and the clears and the saves. That’s what gave us momentum to get going in that game
*All times Eastern Standard Time
April 24 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
April 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 28 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 30 at Belleville – 3:00 p.m.