TORONTO: T. Bodie (S. Carrick, B. Leipsic), B. Mikkelson (M. Frattin, J. Leivo)
GRAND RAPIDS: A. Miele (T. Bertuzzi, N. Paetsch), A. Athanasiou (T. Nosek, M. Tvrdon), T. Bertuzzi (N. Jensen, M. Zengerle), T. Pulkkinen (J. Hoggan, N. Jensen), T. Pulkkinen (X. Oullet)
TROY BODIE opened the scoring for the Marlies after missing the last 11 games due to injury
BRENDAN MIKKELSON recorded his first point of the playoffs, a power play goal midway through the third period
MATT FRATTIN recorded an assist, he now has three points in the first three games
JOSH LEIVO added an assist pushing his point total...
The Toronto Marlies look to sweep the 2012-2013 Calder Cup champions, the Grand Rapids Griffins, tonight at 7PM on LeafsTV.
TJ Brennan, Byron Froese and Josh Leivo are all tied for playoff scoring leader so far with 4 points over the two games. With a three point performance on Sunday, Brennan is currently tied for second in all-time playoff scoring with 18 points.
Enjoy the game.
Projected Toronto Marlies Lineup
Nylander - Froese - Frattin
Leipsic - R.Rupert - Brown
Leivo - Mckegg - Manderson
M. Rupert - Carrick - Bodie
MacWilliam - Brennan
Percy - Granberg
Mikkelson - Nilsson
Projected Grand Rapids Griffins Lineup
Bertuzzi - Miele - Zengerle
Tvrdon - Nosek...
This would seem to be one of Leafland's worst kept secrets, but Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Soo Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe will likely join his former GM Kyle Dubas in Toronto next season:
In what capacity is the question (Marlies or Leafs, his role). A jump straight into the NHL would be questioned by some; Steve Spott, for instance, may have been rushed through the progression a little bit too quickly and he even spent one season with the Marlies after getting hired out of Kitchener, where he was head coach for five seasons after nine years as an assistant in Kitchener...
TORONTO: M. Frattin (T. Brennan, B. Froese), M. Frattin (W. Nylander, T. Brennan), T. Brennan (B. Froese, W. Nylander), C. Brown (R. Rupert), G. McKegg (B. Froese)
GRAND RAPIDS: T. Pulkkinen (J. Hoggan, A. Miele), A. Miele (J. Hoggan, M. Zengerle)
With his three point performance, TJ BRENNAN moves into second on the all-time playoff point leaders for the Toronto Marlies (18). Brennan scored the game winner and added two assists in this afternoon’s game.
MATT FRATTIN scored twice, his first points this postseason. Frattin now has totaled 15 playoff points moving him into a tie for fifth all time...
TORONTO: T. Brennan (J. Leivo, A. MacWilliam), Greg McKegg (J. Leivo, C. Brown), M. Rupert (P. Granberg, V. Loov), B. Froese (S. Percy), B. Leipsic (C. Brown), J. Rodewald (J. Leivo), J. Leivo (S. Carrick)
GRAND RAPIDS: A. Athanasiou (X. Oullet, M. Frk), T. Pulkkinen (M. Zengerle, A. Miele), L. Aubry (M. Tvrdon, M. Frk), T. Pulkkinen (A. Mantha, J. Hoggan)
JOSH LEIVO opened his post season with a four point performance, recording three assists and adding an empty net goal
CONNOR BROWN continued his scoring pace, recording two assists on the afternoon
TJ BRENNAN moved into a tie for fifth...
The Marlies are the AHL's hottest team, entering the playoffs on a seven game winning streak, but face the 2nd-best in the West, the Grand Rapids Griffins, in a best-of-five Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Game 1 versus goes today at 3 p.m at the Ricoh (Available on Rogers TV).
Game Day Links:
TSN: William Nylander vs. Connor Brown in NHL15 – Ample Corsi jokes made (MLHS)
The two rookie sensations are fast becoming a loveable duo on and off the ice.
Mark Titus: Brendan Leipsic Embracing the Change of Scenery (PHPA)
Since joining the Marlies, Leipsic has totaled 19 points in 27 games and has formed...
Passing along a quick conversation with Morgan Rielly from later on this past season:
On your personal development: This was your sophomore season; a bit of a tough one to go through as a player that’s still developing. What’s it feel like to go through so much adversity at a young stage of your career?
I think you have to treat it like a positive. There’s lots of players who are older than me who haven’t had a chance to experience what I’ve experienced, and I think that’s a good thing. Obviously the team is going through a tough time as...