Toronto beats Belleville in wild game at the Yardmen
The Toronto Marlies claimed the latest Battle of Ontario as they beat the Belleville Senators 7-4 at the Yardmen Arena Friday night.
Max Reinhart, Ben Sexton, Nick Paul and Tyler Randell scored for Belleville while Marcus Hogberg made 15 saves before being pulled in favour of Danny Taylor, who stopped eight shots. Toronto had goals from Miro Aaltonen (2), Mason Marchment (2), Martin Marincin, Ben Smith, Chris Mueller while Garret Sparks turned aside 21 shots.
Heading into the second tied at 2-2, the Marlies took a 3-2 lead at 8:22 on Smith’s 20th of the year as he found the puck after a scramble in front of the goal.
Paul tied the game just 38 seconds later though as he buried a rebound after Sparks had turned aside Sexton’s initial shot for his fifth goal of the season.
But the Marlies would explode, scoring three times over a 1:56 frame to take a 6-3 lead.
Mueller’s tenth of the night from the slot at 11:30 gave the Marlies the lead once again before Aaltonen’s second of the night came 1:06 later after he took a feed from Andreas Johnsson’s pass from behind the goal line. Marchment’s sixth of the year beat Hogberg five-hole ending his night and seeing Taylor replace the Swede between the pipes for Belleville.
Toronto raced out to an early 2-0 lead as they scored twice in 37 seconds. Marincin opened the scoring at 3:36 with a blast from the blue line before Aaltonen buried Andreas Johnsson’s centering pass for a 2-0 lead.
But the Senators settled in and finally got themselves on the board through Reinhart’s ninth of the year on a goal he knew little about as Mike Blunden’s shot hit him and beat Sparks at 8:10.
Belleville tied the game with 1:17 left in the first through Sexton as he connected with Filip Chlapik on a 2-on-1 as he kept his stick on the ice to finish off Chlapik’s perfect cross-ice feed for his third of the season and first goal since missing 32 games with injury.
Marchment made it 7-3 Toronto with 9:02 left in the game on the power play after Sens captain Mike Blunden was assessed a penalty and game-misconduct for contact to the head of Andreas Borgman.
Randell notched his second of the year with 3:40 to play as he deposited a mini 2-on-0 chance by Sparks after Reinhart’s pass.
Ben Harpur had two assists for Belleville as did Johnsson, Kerby Rychel and Nikita Soshnikov for Toronto.
The Senators are back in action Saturday night as they face the Utica Comets. Belleville’s next home game is Feb. 16 when they host the Marlies once again in the first of three home games in four nights. Tickets are available by clicking here.