Last week, your Toronto Marlies had two games on the schedule against the Utica Comets (Vancouver) and Texas Stars (Dallas). A disappointing last-minute loss to the Comets and a bounce-back win against the Stars brings the Marlies record to 29-17-2-2 for 62 points. The Marlies remain in first in the North Division and third in the Western Conference. Toronto has a three-point lead and one game in hand on Rochester, the only real threat to take the North Division away from them. Toronto also continues to gain ground on second-placed Grand Rapids; the Marlies are three points back with two games in hand. These two games were games four and five of a 10-game homestand.
Your Toronto Marlies came into this week with three games on the schedule against the San Antonio Rampage (Florida), the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit), and the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal). The Marlies were looking to bounce back after two previous up-and-down weeks. They did just that, winning 2 out of 3 games this weekend and nearly pulling off the come-back in the last game of the set.
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The Toronto Marlies came into this January 30 – February 1 stretch with a three-game road trip on tap in the southern states. The Marlies squared off with the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton), San Antonio Rampage (Florida), and the Texas Stars (Dallas).
This was a week to forget for the Marlies, who won one of three games and suffered a 6-0 blowout in one of the losses.
The Marlies came into this busy stretch, spanning January 20 to January 26, with five games on the docket; three games on the road to finish up a ridiculous seven-game road trip followed by two home-games on the weekend. The Marlies played, in order: Rockford Icehogs (Chicago), Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville), Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal), Chicago Wolves (St. Louis), and the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado).
This past week, the Toronto Marlies were looking at games three and four of their current seven-game road trip after garnering three out of four points the previous weekend in St. John’s. The Marlies played the Iowa Wild (Minnesota) on Wednesday and the Chicago Wolves (St. Louis) on Friday. Toronto won both games in OT and came out with all four points, continuing their road success.
The Marlies are now 22-11-2-2, leading the North Division by six points over Hamilton with two games in hand. They sit third in the Western Conference, seven back of second-place Texas but with four games in hand on the Stars.
The Marlies came into the past weekend facing a back to back set against the St. John’s Ice Caps on the road. Since our last Marlies report (Dec. 7), the Marlies have won seven of 11 games, including the AHL Outdoor Classic and a previous home win against the Ice Caps (3-2W) on December 15. The Marlies came into the weekend looking to take as many points as possible; this was the beginning of a 7-game road trip, and in a tough North Division starting a long road trip with some points in the bank is crucial for morale.
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A pivotal match against the Montreal Canadien’s AHL affiliate, The Hamilton Bull-Dogs, awaited the Marlies at the Ricoh on Saturday, as these divisional foes met up for their 5th of 12 regular season contests. Along with being the Battle of Ontario in the AHL, this game was important for the Marlies as these teams are divisional rivals in a tightly-grouped North Division, with the 4th place Bulldogs only 2 points behind the 1st place Marlies. The Marlies came into the game with the Western Conference’s highest home ice winning percentage, with 8 wins in 10 home-games (.800%). The Marlies have been playing at the top of their game recently, winning 6 of their last 8 games and, despite having one of the youngest squads in the AHL, have managed to stay atop of the North Division. With the Ricoh being a tough building to play in for road teams, recent hot play for a rested Marlies team, and a tired Bulldogs team, the Marlies came into this game hoping to take full advantage and to create some separation in the standings.