After one week, the leading scorers for Toronto are Kenny Agostino and Timothy Liljegren. Liljegren would be one of only two right-shot defensemen on the Maple Leafs’ roster due to the departure of Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci. Both Agostino and Liljegren have four points in four games. There are then six players behind them who all have three points.
Here is a game by game breakdown for the first week of the season.
Marlies Game One
Toronto did not waste much time getting on the scoreboard. Forward Joey Anderson, who was signed in the offseason, scored his first of the season at 5:05 of the first period. Assisting on the goal were Tyler Gaudet and Nick Robertson. Manitoba would answer with two goals of their own in the first period and have a two to one lead going into the first intermission.
In the second period, Gaudet would score his first goal of the season to tie the game two to two. The goal came just three minutes into the period and was assisted by Liljegren and Hudson Elynuik. Both teams would enter the second intermission still tied two to two.
With just 08:20 left to go in the third period, Gaudet would score his second goal of the game and give the Marlies the lead. Joseph Duszak and Rourke Chartier picked up the assists on the goal. That goal would end up being the game-winner as Toronto takes game one.
The game one win helped goaltender Andrew D’Agostini pick up his first AHL win in his first AHL start. Toronto also lost Rasmus Sandin to a foot injury after blocking a shot. He will be out for several weeks.
Marlies Game Two
The Moose would open the scoring in this game at 15:35 of the first period. Toronto defenseman Calle Rosen would respond with a goal of his own at 11:05 of the first period to tie the game. Unfortunately, Manitoba scored their second goal of the game not long after and took a two to one lead into the first intermission.
Just three minutes into the second period Agostino scored for Toronto to tie the game two to two. The goal was a rebound from an Anderson shot. The next goal which gave Toronto the lead was scored by Robertson. It was his first AHL goal and it was assisted by Justin Brazeau.
Toronto would go up four to two on a crazy goal by Rosen. He shot the puck which missed the net but took a funny bounce and went in off a Manitoba player and into the net. With just a minute left in the second period, Kristians Rubins scored for the Marlies to make the score five to two. His goal was assisted by Robertson. Toronto leads five to two after two periods of play.
Toronto made the score six to two on a power-play goal by Adam Brooks at 10:09 of the third period. D’Agostini shut the door the rest of the way as the Marlies go on to win their second in a row to start the season with a record of two wins, zero losses, and zero ties.
Marlies Game Three
Just like in game two, Manitoba would score the opening goal of the game. They scored four and a half minutes into the game and that would be the only goal scored in the first period. Toronto heads into the first intermission down one to nothing.
With just over 11 minutes left in the second period, the Moose would extend their lead to two to nothing. Toronto would finally respond with a goal of their own with 3:08 left in the middle frame. The goal was scored by Elynuik on a rebound from a Scott Pooley shot. Manitoba enters the second intermission leading two to one.
For the third period in a row, the Moose score first. With the score now three to one, Toronto does answer back with a goal from Brooks. Liljegren and Agostino pick up the assists on the goal and the Marlies inched closer to tying the game.
Late in the period, Toronto pulled their goaltender and tried to tie the game with the extra attacker, but Manitoba would score on the empty net. The Moose win game three by a score of four to two.
Marlies Game Four
For the first time in this series, no goals were scored in the first period. Both teams had some good chances, but both goaltenders stood tall in the opening frame.
By the midway point of the second period, it looked like whichever team scores first will win the game one to nothing with the way both goaltenders were battling. The scoreless tie would be broken by the Moose with just 2:48 left in the second period.
With just 1:52 left in the second period, Rosen would score for Toronto and the score was back to even. Rosen’s goal was assisted by Anderson. The teams entered the second intermission tied one to one.
Almost five minutes into the third period, the Moose scored the go-ahead goal. That goal would end up being the game-winner as the Marlies fall two to one to the Moose. Both teams end the four-game series in a two to two split.
The Marlies will travel to Calgary next to play the Stockton Heat for four games. Game one of that series will start on Sunday, February 21st.
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