The North Division leading, Toronto Marlies took their continuous traveling show on the road again this past weekend.
The first game was in Wilkes Barre to take on the host Penguins. It has been a rough start to the season for Kerby Rychel but apparently the water in Scranton (and paper products….Office reference) are top notch as Rychel scored two goals, his first goals of the season, to pace the Marlies attack.
Also scoring his first goal of the season was massive Center, Fredrik Gauthier.
Starting goaltender was Antoine Bibeau who pitched another shutout, winning the game 3-0 and securing the game’s first star.
Brendan Leipsic extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Rychel’s first period power-play goal. Leipsic leads the league in scoring with 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists).
Kasperi Kapanen extended his point streak to three games with an assist on Rychel’s first period power-play goal. Kapanen has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) through the first 11 games of the season.
- Antoine Bibeau collected his franchise leading tenth shutout and third of the season. Bibeau now holds a 6-1-0-1 record with a 1.62 Goals Against Average and a .939 Save Percentage.
“The first 20 minutes were really good for us, a lot of good things happening. We played well at even strength, we had a good penalty kill early in the game and ended up with two in the period and then we get a power-play goal against a team that hasn’t given up much on their penalty kill. A lot of good things for us there and then we started off really good in the second, got a goal to build our lead so really happy with that. I thought the game opened up a little bit, there are some things we’d like to do differently in that second period but by and large it was a really good effort from our group all the way through.”
Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
Not all games can be a Picasso.
That sums up the Saturday night game versus the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Toronto Marlies walked into a buzz saw versus the very tough Phantom team.
Coach Keefe succinctly said it correct, when noting that if you cannot register a shot on two breakaways, and the opposition scores on their opening shot, you are in trouble.
Starting goaltender Antoine Bibeau, did not have one of his better games. Hey, the do happen. Giving up 7 goals on 27 shots will not only hurt your team, but it can adversely affect all of those pretty stats that he had built up over the early part of the season. I still believe he is the better of the two goalies on the Marlies team, and giving him a chance to bounce back will be an interesting decision for Coach Keefe. A now healthy Garret Sparks will be looking to regain the starting position with the team next weekend at Home vs. the Ice Caps.
Byron Froese got the Marlies on the board with his sixth of the season at 4:02 of the second period. Froese has eight points on the season.
Milan Michalek picked up his first of the season at 4:33 of the third period.
Antoine Bibeau played in his 80th career game. Over that span, Bibeau has an overall record of 49-21-7 and has a franchise best ten shutouts.
“That is as good of a team as we’ve seen. Tonight we had an expectation coming into the year, with the type of talent they acquired in the offseason they would be a handful and that was the case today. This is just one of those games, you can tell early on it is going to be a tough night for us. We get two breakaways early on and can’t even register a shot and they score on the first chance they get.”
– Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach
This ends the longest road trip of the season, as the Royal Winter Fair comes to a close at the Ricoh Coliseum.