I was fortunate enough to attend this past weekend’s NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, and while it was fun for me (what a weekend!), it was all business for the thirty NHL teams there. The Leafs made six selections in this year’s draft, including three defensemen. The team also made the (now well-known) trade of Luke Schenn to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk.
As free agency looms in the not-so-distant future, the Leafs have a handful of players to focus on – including several AHLers who spent this past season with the Toronto Marlies.
(First off, let me apologize for the lack of updates. Been having all sorts of trouble getting WordPress to work these past few days!)
I want to start off by pointing out the facts. The Marlies are down 3 games in the Calder Cup Finals. They lost the last game in overtime on a fluke goal that AHL officials admit shouldn’t have counted. They can’t lose any more games. The Norfolk Admirals are one game away from winning it all.
The Toronto Marlies are headed to the top as they prepare to face the Norfolk Admirals in this year’s Calder Cup Finals, beginning on June 1. Before it begins, however, let’s take a glance back at the playoffs and how they got here. » Continue reading “Road to the (Calder) Cup”
After the Marlies took a 1-0 series lead over the Oklahoma City Barons, things looked pretty darn good. The 5-0 win saw nine different Marlies players register at least a point, and Ben Scrivens had 31 saves for the shutout victory.
Things quickly took a turn for the not-so-great, however, as the next night’s game proved to be entirely different, as the Barons won 5-1 and tied the series. Will Acton scored the only goal for the Marlies, and he also had a fight in the game, which was FILLED with penalties.
So here we stand, the series tied, with game three coming up in just a few hours – it’s set for 3 p.m. today, as the Victoria Day holiday in Canada provides a nice backdrop for the match-up at Ricoh Coliseum.
(Side note: Darn it, America, if today was a holiday, I would have totally made the trip up to Toronto!)
Before game one of the series, the Marlies had eight days of rest. Clearly, that wasn’t an issue, but back-to-back games were simply too much. Both teams have been off since Friday and today’s afternoon game could turn the tides either way.
If you’re in the Toronto area, you can catch the game on Rogers TV or am640. If you’re not so lucky (like myself), you can listen to the game online here.
Alright – first and foremost, I need to apologize for not updating this recently. As the Marlies have been pushing through the playoffs, I’ve been pushing through the last of my undergraduate coursework, and it looks like both of us are succeeding well so far. With a win last night over the Abbotsford Heat, the Marlies advance to the Western Conference Finals!
After wiping their hands clean of the Rochester Americans with a 3-0 sweep of the first round, the Toronto Marlies are preparing to face the Abbotsford Heat in the next round – beginning May 1.
The Leafs season may be complete, but that doesn’t mean a trophy couldn’t still make its way to Toronto at the culmination of this season. The AHL playoffs begin tonight as the Toronto Marlies prepare to face the Rochester Americans in the first round of the postseason.
Toronto finished the regular season in second place in the Western Conference, with an overall record of 44-24-5-3. The seventh-place Rochester team went 36-26-10-4.
A match-up between these teams is nothing new: they faced each other 10 times this season. Of these games, Toronto won seven.
More AHL coverage coming soon – but for now, be sure to catch game one tonight at 7 p.m.