The Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-0 Wednesday night at the Ricoh Coliseum. It was their 11th victory in their past 14 contests. Here a few things that stood out from the game.
Joe Colborne Heating Up
After starting off very slowly this season, Joe Colborne has played much better as of late. He chipped in with a goal and two assists against the Bulldogs, and after going 18 games without scoring, Colborne now has two goals in his last four. Not only that, but the big man is starting to use his size to his advantage. Both on Keith Aucoin’s goal where he recorded an assist, and his tally on the power play, Colborne drove the net and made his presence felt to make a play.
Greg Scott had a solid game and really seemed to provide the Marlies with a spark. He had a gorgeous assist on the opening shorthanded goal by Jerry D’Amigo. He also seemed to click really well with Mike Zigomanis on the penalty kill, creating chances while a man short.
Hamilton hasn’t found the back of the net in over 160 straight minutes of action now. Ben Scrivens was strong in recording the shutout, but not conceding a goal had more to do with the Bulldogs offensive futility. Hamilton sits in last place in the league.
The Marlies now lead the Western Conference with 43 points and sit just two points back of the Syracuse Crunch for first overall in the entire AHL. Last night five different Marlies scored and nine players recorded at least one point, all while missing two of their stronger skaters in Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner. Scrivens was solid between the pipes, Jesse Blacker was blocking shots, and Toronto’s special teams were excellent. With continuing inspired play like this, Calder Cup aspirations won’t be that farfetched.