Carrick makes AHL debut in Marlies loss

Mar. 2: Marlies 2 vs. Binghamton 4

Marlies scorers: McKegg (7), D’Amigo (9)
Senators scorers: Da Costa (10), Cleeason (1), Cannon (7), Prince (12)
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Forward lines:: Devane-McKegg-Carrick, D’Amigo-Crescenzi-Ryan, Hamilton-Zigomanis-Abbott, Deschamps-Colborne-Scott
Defence pairings: Ranger-Grimshaw, Gardiner-Blacker, Yeo-Gysbers
Goaltenders: Rynnas (Loss, 48:20 minutes played, 17 SV, 4 GA), Owuya (13:10 minutes played, 3 SV, 0 GA)

Sam Carrick, the Maple Leafs 2010 5th-round draft pick, played his first career American Hockey League game on Saturday afternoon in the Marlies 4-2 loss to the Binghamton Senators at Ricoh Coliseum.

Carrick, 21, played his final season of junior hockey last season wearing the captain’s sweater for the Brampton Battalion. After this past autumn’s training camp, he was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL where he has collected 37 points in 50 games.

“I was pretty nervous before the game the game,” said right-winger Carrick, who was placed on the opening faceoff on an all-rookie line with Jamie Devane and Greg McKegg. “It’s a little more structured (compared to the ECHL), guys are always in the right position here, and as far as speed goes, it’s a little faster here.”

With his parents and a few former Battalion teammates in the stands, Carrick earned an assist on the opening goal of the game, making a behind-the-back pass in the slot to Devane, who had a chance to score in close before D’Amigo eventually found the net past Binghamton goalie Marc Cheverie.

The Stoufville native made a good first impression on the Marlies coach. “He had a really strong game,” said Dallas Eakins. “I think he’s going to have to come up to speed with the pace of the game, but I don’t think that will be hard for him. He was physical, and he jumped in and took a couple of faceoffs where he thought he could win.”

There weren’t many other reasons for the 5,622 spectators at Ricoh to cheer as shaky goaltending and an ineffective power-play contributed to the loss. Early in the second period Toronto had a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:34 but couldn’t convert.

Meanwhile Jussi Rynnas surrendered four goals on 17 shots. A pair of weak third period goals by Binghamton within a span of just under two-and-a-half minutes was the netminder’s undoing, prompting a substitution in favour of backup goalie Mark Owuya. “Those goals were unacceptable to me,” said Eakins who declined to name his starter in tomorrow’s reamtch.

Jerry D’Amigo had the other Marlies goal.

Rob Del Mundo is the author of Off The Post, and is a regular columnist at

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