Breaking Boxcars: Toronto Marlies Edition

Gus Katsaros
December 18 2012 07:34AM

Image via Dave Abel

Sometimes it’s a just a trivial item, an interesting tidbit just as a matter of fact.

Three of the 2012-13 Toronto Marlies four shorthanded goals against were scored less than five minutes into the 3rd period. One broke a scoreless tie and another was an insurance goal extending the opposition lead by two goals.

Or, all four empty net goal scored against were in games in which the Marlies trailed by two or more goals.

Over the next couple of posts, I’ll just start to do a data dump and share some of the season’s findings to date.

We’re breaking boxcars.

We’ll start this off with a more general look at Marlies goals and goals against broken down by period and then by PPG. There’s beauty in the symmetry of 27 goals scored in each period.  

Event 1st 2nd 3rd OT
Goals Against 17 23 27 0
PP GA 4 9 7 0
Goals For 27 27 27 3
PPG For 7 9 6 0

This is a player breakdown of goals by period.

It wouldn’t be complete without a breakdown of individual player assists on goals, but it's too large for a good visual display here. It’s housed in a google spreadsheet here.

The spreadsheet contains players goals breakdown, one with primary and another with secondary assist on each Marlies goal.

I’m apprehensive about the placement of assists into primary and secondary on game sheets. Nonetheless anomalies can be further investigated, but the breakdown is a general snapshot. Look at Nazem Kadri’s three primary assists on each of Jake Gardiner and Matt Frattin goals.

Breaking it down even further is the timeliness.

This table points out the score during the game when the Marlies players scored. Across the top are numbers ranging from -4 to 4 and represent the gap in score at the time the player scored a goal. Minus-1 means the Marlies were down by one goal at the time the goal was scored.

As an example, Carter Ashton scored four (of his five goals) while the game was tied. Jake Gardiner also scored four in a tie game.

Ryan Hamilton is unique in that he’s scored five times with the Marlies up a goal.

Players -4 -3 -2 -1 Tied +1 +2 +3 +4 Total
B. Ross       1           1
C. Ashton     1   4         5
G. McKegg     1 1 1         3
G. Scott       1       1   2
J. Colborne     1             1
J. D'Amigo       1   1 1     3
J. Gardiner   1   1 4 1 1 1   9
K. Aucoin       1 1   1 1 1 5
K. Holzer           1       1
K. Ryan           1 2     3
L. Komarov     2   3 1       6
M. Fraser   1       1       2
M. Frattin 1   2 1 1 1 1 1   8
M. Kostka         1 1     2 4
M. Zigomanis         1   1     2
N. Deschamps           1 2 2   5
N. Kadri       1 3 3       7
P. Ranger     1 1           2
R. Hamilton         1 5 2   1 9
S. Abbott         1         1
S. Gysbers         1         1
W. Acton         3       1 4
Total 1 2 8 9 25 17 11 6 5 84

 

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Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator for McKeen's Hockey. Follow him on twitter @KatsHockey or his blog Kats Krunch at mckeenshockey.com
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