The Toronto Marlies won two out of a three possible games against divisional opponents this week, becoming the first team in the AHL to hit 90 points on the season.
It was a quick start to the week for the Marlies as Colin Greening scored just 16 seconds into Wednesday night's game against Laval. That would prove to be the only goal until past the two minute mark of the third period, when Vincent LoVerde scored his fourth of the season on a blast from the blueline.
Rich Clune extended the lead at the midway point of the third before LoVerde scored his second of the night with under four minutes to go and close out the 4-0 victory.
Two nights later, the Marlies hit the road for a Battle of Ontario natchup in Belleville. After a scoreless first period, Justin Holl stole a clearing attempt and went upstairs to open the scoring and earn his seventh of the season. Later that period, with the Marlies on the power play, Josh Kestner walked in from the high slot and fired a shot through traffic to earn his first career AHL goal in his Marlies debut.
Belleville cut into the lead midway through the third but Ben Smith added an insurance marker in the final minutes to help the Marlies skate to a 3-1 win.
On Sunday, the Marlies hosted the Utica Comets for the first time since opening weekend. Mason Marchment opened the scoring off a rebound with his tenth goal of the season, giving the Marlies an early lead.
Despite sustained pressure and a 39-shot effort, the Marlies were unable to add another and Utica answered with three goals as the Marlies winning streak was snapped at five games.
The Marlies now sit at 44-17-1-1 and hold the top spot in the American Hockey League. They return to action on Tuesday at Ricoh Coliseum when the Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins visit for the first time this season.
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