(pictured – Nazem Kadri picked up 4 assists in Saturday’s game)
Nov. 17: Marlies 6 vs. Hamilton 1
Forward lines:: Ross-Colborne-Deschamps, Hamilton-McKegg-Scott, Komarov-Kadri_Aucoin, D’Amigo-Acton-Ryan
Defence pairings: Gardiner-Kostka, Fraser-Blacker, Holzer-Ranger
Goaltenders: Scrivens (Win, 60:00 minutes played, 16 SV, 1 GA), Owuya (0:00)
Nazem Kadri is on a tear.
On November 9 before the Marlies’ game against Texas, both he and Joe Colborne were healthy scratches. Since then, Kadri has been picking up the points at an accelerated pace.
Kadri’s four assists in Toronto’s 6-1 win over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon gives him 10 points (one goal, 9 assists) in the four games since watching the game in Austin in civilian clothes.
“(In Texas) we just thought it was time for him to be pulled out of the lineup, like we’ve done with other guys,” said Marlies coach Dallas Eakins. “The great thing about Naz is that he’s such a competitive kid. Every night that he plays, he’s one of the top 3 competitive guys on our team here. He responded well.”
Eakins also told the Leafs’ 2009 first-round draft pick that he has raised the bar, in terms of expectations. “I said ‘You’ve shown us what you can do, and you’ve shown us how well you can play. Now, that’s your benchmark.'”
Leo Komarov – still a Marlie despite reports of his expected return to the KHL – opened the scoring for the Marlies. Keith Aucoin had a two-goal effort while the Marlies also received contributions from the blueline with Mark Fraser and Mike Kostka scoring.
Jerry D’Amigo also scored for Toronto. Ben Scrivens didn’t have a very busy day, only facing just five shots through the first half of the game, and 17 shots overall.
The Bulldogs’ Zack Stortini was ejected in the third period for instigating a fight with the Marlies’ Kenny Ryan who was in a vulnerable position. Toronto was awarded a seven-minute power-play as a result of the infraction as Stortini was assessed a major and minor penalty, in addition to a ten-minute misconduct and game misconduct.
The Marlies’ next game is Sunday when they host the Abbotsford Heat.