Marlies take a 4-3 shootout decision in Outdoor Game

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As those who could tolerate  the Fox Sports commentators and the poor camera angles can attest to, the Marlies staged a late comeback effort to win 4-3 in shootout over the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Hockeytown Winter Festival Outdoor game. The Marlies sit 17-10-3 at the 30-game pole and now lead the North Division by three points over Hamilton with three games in hand.

This Marlies team is interesting to watch, in the sense that there is a contradistinction between their style of play and that of the big club. Aside from Spencer Abott, who at least to me appears to be more of a good AHL player than anything more, there isn’t a ton of stand out talent up front, which is something the Leafs organization needs to change. However, they put in the work and Steve Spott seems to have his team bought in and committed to the gamplan.

Perhaps a product of some of those Brian Burke acquisitions and mid round draft picks, every check gets finished, the team plays a heavy dump and chase game, retrieves pucks well, and works the boards repetitively on the cycle.  Tonight, they took down a more skilled team like Grand Rapids for the second time this season in part by doing this very thing.

In some respects this game was an odd one in terms of some of the goals scored; three of them were especially flukey, including two on McIntyre that went off his skate/pad and in. Kevin Marshall opened the scoring early in the 1st by sending a flutterball in on Thomas McCollum that fooled the Griffins goalie despite a clean look.

Among the other Marlie goal scorers were Carter Ashton, who recorded his 9th of the season (in 12 games) and sixth in seven since returning to the Marlies in mid December. Kenny Ryan, who has been out injured for much of the season, scored his second goal (8 games played) of the year to tie this game up later on in the proceedings with the Marlies trailing 3-2.

After a rocky performance in regulation, Drew McIntyre showed off his great athleticism  in turning away four Grand Rapids shooters in the shootout. Spencer Abbott added a beautiful shootout tally to his two-assist account on the night, while Greg McKegg supplemented his assist with a nice, water-bottle-popping (relax Clarkson,  it was one of the good guys) backhand finish in the shootout.

Game in 6:

  • wendelsway1

    Make us proud, Boys!     GO MARLIES GO!!!!

  • Jmessih

    Go Marlies Go!!

  • 17Forever

    Sweet .. I am  excited about this one. Its on SpNet correct ?

  • Burtonboy

    Looking forward to this game . Haven’t seen many Marlies games this yr.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    i know this was asked a million times but does anyone have a link to ep 3 24/7?

  • wendelsway1

    The_Polish_Cannon  Here ya go

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNhUFOt8eKo

  • darthNihilus

    Go Marlies Go! I’m pumped for this one!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Pregame show on now on Leafs TV

  • Alec Brownscombe

    17Forever Yes.

  • 17Forever

    Alec Brownscombe 17Forever 
    Perfect !! Cheers

  • Optimustic

    Alec Brownscombe It’s got to be better than watching Matt Lombardi dominate the Canadian team in the Spenglar Cup.

  • wendelsway1

    I am so stoked for all the Winter Classic hockey festivities…….one of my boys will be attending.  I’m sure it will be a great time but I prefer to actually watch the games on TV…..what an experience for those attending.  :)

  • Jmessih

    Link here for the game if you can’t get it
    http://atdee.net/

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Wake n’ vape!!
    http://imgur.com/t4lCwPT

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Are you in the shield?  That’s a frozen lake, seen them before. Sure are  uglay

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I’m concerned at the number of times you’ve claimed to be waking up between 3 and 4 p.m.

  • Ryan

    http://twitter.com/reporterchrisThe #leafs have landed in Detroit ahead of the Winter Classic. The #redwings won’t arrive until after tonight’s game in Nashville

  • theacs1966

    Alec Brownscombe Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I do it all the time.  Brain injury from freezing my brain in the Yukon.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    theacs1966Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
    Hour and a half into Quebec from Ottawa.  Between the Gatineaus and the Laurentians.

  • Ryan

    http://twitter.com/kevin_mcgranFucale to start vs USA: Sutter

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan theacs1966 That helps me no not at all.  Are you above the shield or below or on  or in, hovering above at the moment?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Alec BrownscombeBon Scott was a Leaf fan
    Yeah, my internal clock is fucked up.  2 weeks of vacation tends to do that (especially in the mountains).  I’ll be back to work next Monday….and paying for it.

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Sry, listened to Mind Warp earlier.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    theacs1966Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
    No idea, dude.  I haven’t heard of the Canadian Shield since I was in grade school.

  • wendelsway1

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Doing a session as we speak…lol  Just gotta get some scalloped potatoes in the oven before the Marlies game.   GO MARLIES GO!!!

  • BrandonCheema

    Whats the rumors about involving kadri?
    I personally don’t want him traded but what do you guys think of kadri for yak

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan theacs1966 I think Ott is over the shield.  If the hwy’s are blasted through rock, you’re probably in the shield.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    wendelsway1Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
    My aunt gave me some hash today…lol.  Wakey bakey!!

  • MLHS_Luke

    Holla:
    http://imgur.com/ntt8ULX

  • Jmessih

    BrandonCheema Yak is going to be a player in this league. I just do not want to be the team that risks getting him.

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan wendelsway1 Waiting for something or someone to show the way?

  • Cameron19

    BrandonCheema The thought makes me puke. Yak is garbage, and he will be in Russia before long.

  • Komas Taberle

    BrandonCheema 
    Rumour is he cant spell Pass if you spotted him the P and the S.

  • wendelsway1

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan wendelsway1 Cool…I’m gonna make some when I have enough leftovers  :)

  • Jmessih

    @Ryan I was not impressed by him today, but he got the W. But Canadian goaltending has not impressed me in this tourny for a long time.

  • Jmessih

    Cameron19 BrandonCheema Gotta disagree, Edmonton is treating him like shit

  • wendelsway1

    Cameron19 BrandonCheema …or out of the game all together with his concussion history.

  • Airfreshener

    MLHS_Luke I refuse to like this as Im a jealous little b****

  • Ryan

    Jmessih 
    Kinda hard to watch them and what Swedes and the Finnish and the USA have.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    MLHS_Luke Shoot me a text the day of!

    705-868-4190

  • Cameron19

    Jmessih Cameron19 BrandonCheema Even the Russian scouts came over and said he plays like shit and they’re surprised he’s even in the NHL with his total unwillingness to do anything without the puck.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Airfreshener MLHS_Luke pretty pumped – just picked them up.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Alec Brownscombe MLHS_Luke Are you going too Alec?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    MLHS_Luke Alec Brownscombe Yeah. So is Anthony, Michael Stephens.

  • Airfreshener

    MLHS_Luke Airfreshener I bet you are! I had the opportunity but the mrs and I couldnt get time off.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Airfreshener MLHS_Luke I wasn’t going to get any, but the opportunity to get these at a significant discount came up, so I couldn’t pass it up.

  • Ryan

    Alec Brownscombe MLHS_Luke 
    They trucked in 6500 – 7500 cases of 24’s for the game. Their reasoning Canadians like to drink

  • Jmessih

    Cameron19 Jmessih BrandonCheema The whole Edmonton team refuses to back check yet they call out the Russian kid. Second half of last year he was one of the best goal scorers in the NHL

  • Airfreshener

    MLHS_Luke Airfreshener Lucky Luke! Welll ive gotta go get the house ready to be destroyed tomorrow.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Cameron19BrandonCheema 
    Yak is garbage come on my friend.
    Dallas has screwed him and Eberle – he has shown himself to be a bit part coach in the NHL and completely out of his depth. You know and many know if you put him on the top line he may take 4 or 5 games to acclimatise after being treated like shite the past x number of weeks but by the 10th game on that line he will have 10 points.
    So he doesnt check back as much as some forwards but he still hits more than Semin and Kessel yet they still get action on the top line. Horses for courses. Edmonton are stacked with young light weight talent and so are trying to change the jobs of young players who have spent all their careers so far being the go to guys.
    Dallas is more interested given minutes to glass ankles Hemsky than develop a talent that has the potential of being somewhere between Ovi and Malkin in the NHL, instead hes trying to do a Kadri number on him. Christ Kadri needs it, he was and never will be half the player that Yak will be.