The Houston Aeros took a 4-2 lead into the third period, but the Toronto Marlies scored four answered goals to escape with a 6-4 win on Thursday night. Here are some things you need to know from the game.
A Carter Ashton Sighting!
Ashton had just two points coming into the game last night against the Aeros, and had even spent some time on the Marlies fourth line. Joining Will Acton and Nicolas Deschamps has seemed to spark the young winger as he had two goals, including the game winner. What’s even more encouraging for Marlies fans is they way he scored them. Ashton drove hard to the net on both goals with his stick on the ice and was rewarded. Creating havoc in front of the cage is always key to generating scoring opportunities.
The Marlies got away with a victory, but no thanks to their defense. Three Aeros goals came directly of Marlies turnovers or failures to clear the puck out of their zone. Now goaltender Ben Scrivens didn’t have his best performance, but he certainly wasn’t getting a lot of help. Most troubling was a goal they conceded with only 20 seconds left in the second period. Giving up goals right at the end of the period usually costs you big time.
Off the Snide
Keith Aucoin has had six seasons in the AHL where he has scored 20 goals or more, so the Marlies may have been slightly concerned that he hadn’t found the back of the net so far this year. Although he was the team’s leading scorer with six assists, Aucoin finally snapped his goalless drought by burying a Jake Gardiner pass in the second.
Catching a Break
Aeros young star and Finnish postage stamp celebrity, Mikael Granlund, missed the game because of an injury. He already had 12 points in just eight games so far this season.
The Marlies penalty kill was strong once again as they held the Aeros to a 0-for-4 mark with the man advantage. Toronto countered by going 1-for-5 on the power play.
The Marlies will remain in the Lone Star State and play the Texas Stars tonight.