The Toronto Marlies hosted the Belleville Senators in back-to-back games on the weekend. Belleville won Saturday’s game 7-2, but Toronto responded with their own 7-2 win on Sunday. An exciting way to close out the 2022-23 regular season. The Marlies finished the season with a 42-24-4-2 record.
Sunday’s first period saw 12 penalties handed out, totaling 50 minutes. The first penalty of the game went to the Senators. Egor Sokolov got called for roughing at 03:29. Twenty-four seconds later, Jacob Bernard-Docker received a double minor for high sticking at 03:53. At 08:02, Graham McPhee served two minutes for Senators bench minor (too many men). Pontus Holmberg of the Marlies received a slashing penalty at 08:20.
At the mid-way mark of the first period (10:00), Belleville’s Jacob Larsson and Toronto’s Joseph Blandisi and Kyle Clifford all received roughing penalties. The Senator’s Lassi Thomson got two minutes for slashing at 13:46. Twenty-two seconds later (14:08), Belleville’s Graham McPhee received a ten-minute misconduct, along with Matthew Wedman receiving a ten-minute misconduct for abuse of officials.
The Senator’s Egor Sokolov got called for cross-checking at 19:26 and then received a ten-minute misconduct for continuing the altercation. Toronto would score on the power play with a goal from Joseph Blandisi at 19:49. Logan Shaw and Nick Abruzzese picked up the assists.
The second period had fewer penalties and more goal-scoring. At 00:20, Bellville’s Ridly Greig received two minutes for tripping. At 01:57, Toronto’s Kyle Clifford received five minutes for charging and a game misconduct. Belleville’s Jacob Larsson got called for tripping at 02:36. Marshall Rifai of the Marlies got called for hooking at 08:52.
While killing off the Rifai penalty, the Marlies scored two short-handed goals. The first short-handed goal came from Marc Johnstone at 09:01 with an assist by Logan Shaw. Joseph Blandisi scored the second short-handed goal at 09:51 with assists from William Villeneuve and Marc Johnstone.
Toronto lit up the goal light two more times in the second. Alex Steeves scored at 13:41, assisted by Logan Shaw and William Villeneuve. Nick Abruzzese scored at 15:25, assisted by Carl Dahlstrom. The goal would give the Marlies a 5-0 lead. Toronto’s fifth goal forced Belleville to pull their goalie (Mads Sogaard).
The Senators finally scored on Erik Kallgren at 00:20 of the third period with a goal by Rourke Chartier. His goal was assisted by Dillion Heatherington and Angus Crookshank. Toronto’s Semyon Der-Arguchintsev restored the Marlies’ five-goal lead with a goal at 02:00, assisted by William Villeneuve and Pontus Holmberg. At 04:20, Belleville’s Graham McPhee received two minutes for holding. Fifteen seconds later (04:35), Semyon Der-Arguchintsev got called for hooking. Ridly Greig scored for Belleville at 05:37, assisted by Roby Jarventie and Jacob Bernard-Docker.
The rough stuff continued to boil over in the third period. At 10:54, Ridly Greig got called for cross-checking. Then, at 14:21, Belleville’s Graham McPhee and Toronto’s Marshall Rifai each received two minutes for roughing and 10-minute misconducts. Rifia also received two minutes for high-sticking. At 19:59, Radim Zohorna scored right before the final buzzer to give the Marlies a 7-2 victory.