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For the first time in these playoffs, the Toronto Marlies lost a game. Okay they've only played four, so it's not a big deal. And if you asked the Marlies last night, they didn't see it as too big of a deal either, yet. The general sentiment echoed throughout those who spoke after the game (Eakins, Frattin, Gardiner, to name a few), was that yeah they lost, but that the chances were there for them to win the game and they really only made a few mistakes which unfortunately led to Abbotsford goals. Jerry D'Amigo and Ryan Hamilton both missed tremendous scoring...

Toronto Marlies / Abbotsford Heat

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Game 1 of the AHL Western Conference semifinals kicks off this evening with a well rested Toronto Marlies taking on the Abbotsford Heat. With the Marlies fresh off a sweep of division rivals, the Rochester Americans, they will need all the rest they can get. Should the series go beyond 5 games, both teams will have traveled across the country 3 times between Ontario and British Columbia. The series will be a 2-3-2 setup, with the Marlies having home ice advantage. The Marlies went 2-1-1 against the Heat this season, but the Heat have won the team’s two most recent...

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The Marlies found out their second round opponent for the Western Conference semifinals last night after the San Antonio Rampage upset the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in their quarterfinal series. First-placed Oklahoma City will play the sixth-seeded Rampage while the Marlies have drawn the fourth-placed Abbotsford Heat, who also swept their first round series over Milwaukee. Game 1 goes Tuesday, May 1st at the Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies went 2-1-1 against the Heat this season, but the Heat have won the team's two most recent meetings. Abbotsford is currently riding a 10-game winning streak, with goaltender Danny Taylor winning his...

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For the first time ever, the Toronto Marlies have swept a playoff opponent. Give the players and coaching staff full credit, too. Sometimes when a team mounts a big lead in a series it rests on its laurels, relaxes a little, and takes the pedal off the gas just a tad, enough for the opposition to maybe take a game or two. But the Marlies came out like a team who had no interest in playing any more games than they had to against Rochester. They clearly wanted to end the series last night and were very business like in...

Stuart Percy - July 12, 2013

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Leafs fans are showing heightened interest in the Marlies lately, and deservedly so as they have officially begun their run for the Calder Cup. While AHL success in the playoffs is always a fantastic experience for any player - especially young ones - fans of Toronto hockey at the end of the day are asking themselves one thing: How does this help the Toronto Maple Leafs? Earlier in the year, I wrote a piece looking at Calder Cup Finalists translation to NHL success. That leads into the current edition of the Marlies as we look at who on this team...

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It was another 4-3 game in which the Marlies gave up a two goal lead and Jerry D'Amigo scored twice, including the game winner in the final minutes. In many respects it was like watching the same game as Thursday night's. Did we mention that Zigomanis scored and Foligno, Verone and Brennan were the same Rochester goal scorers from Game 1? All that matters from the Marlie perspective is that it was the same result and they now hold a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. An announced sell out crowd of towel wavers provided a good atmosphere, particularly...

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Short post, as a supplement to Anthony Petrielli and his fine Marlies roundup from Game 1, here is a downloadable .pdf depicting the Toronto Marlies players points progression through the entire 2011-12 season. Also included are two charts of the AHL's Goals Against leader, Ben Scrivens, showing his GAA and save-percentage: Marlies - 2011-12 Points Charts.

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In case you haven't heard, the Toronto Marlies beat the Rochester Americans last night 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead in their first round best of five playoff series. The game story and video highlights can be found here on the Marlies website. The readers digest version goes like this: the Marlies took the play to Rochester in the first, yet it was Rochester who finished the first period with a 1-0 lead. The Americans' goalie, David Leggio, was peppered with shots throughout the game and the Marlies D'Amigo finally broke through in the second period as the two teams...

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A three-part video series to get you ready for the Marlies' playoff bid. It all begins tonight at 7 p.m. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvrrUgPH_lg&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m8P20jlLT0&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSLiHye8L1k&w=560&h=315]

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Courtesy of the Marlies: "The Toronto Marlies have clinched the Sam Pollock Trophy, which is handed out annually to the North Division’s top team during the regular season. Last night, they became the fourth team in the AHL to clinch their division. The Marlies also won the Sam Pollock Trophy in 2007-08, making it to the Western Conference Finals that year before losing to the eventual Calder Cup champion, Chicago Wolves. The Marlies currently sit second in the AHL’s Western Conference with 89 points and own a 41-23-4-3 record. Over their past 10 games the Marlies have posted a record of...

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We're going to try to post regular Marlies updates as they embark on their Calder Cup bid. Here's this week's release from the Marlies: "The Marlies collected a pair of victories over their three games last week. On Wednesday morning the Marlies skated to a 2-1 shootout victory against the Lake Erie Monsters. Greg Scott opened the scoring early in the first. Ben Scrivens made 18 saves, and stopped all four Lake Erie shootout attempts, earning first star honors. Ryan Hamilton and Joe Colborne both scored for the Marlies in the shootout. On Saturday, the Marlies blanked the Monsters 1-0 in...

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The Marlies are set to drop the puck against Rochester, Toronto's closest competition in the North Division (four points back of the Marlies), at the Ricoh (11 a.m. start). A good time for your weekly update from the Marlies: "The Marlies dropped the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 on Friday night at the Oncenter. Simon Gysbers’ goal early in the second period held up to be the game-winner. Philippe Dupuis notched three points, including his first goal of the season. Mike Zigomanis had a goal and a helper. Ryan Hamilton also had two assists, while Ben Scrivens made 37 saves on 39...

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The Marlies are in Syracuse tonight for a Friday night matchup against the Crunch (7:30 p.m. puck drop) before returning home for a ten-game home stretch. Your weekly release from the Marlies: "The Marlies went 1-2-0-0 in their three games last week. Toronto opened the week on Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters. The Marlies scored five times in the first period, with Joe Colborne’s goal holding up to be the game-winner. Matt Frattin scored twice in the game and was the game’s first star. Korbinian Holzer and Jesse Blacker both recorded +4 ratings in...

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"The Marlies scored seven times to drop the Hamilton Bulldogs 7-2 at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After the Bulldogs went ahead 1-0 just 27 seconds into the game, the Marlies responded with three first period goals. Marcel Mueller pushed the Marlies lead to 4-1 mid-way through the second period. Hamilton made it a two-goal game going into the second intermission. Toronto netted three, third period goals to give them the five-goal victory. Philippe Dupuis and Jerry D’Amigo both finished the game with three assists each. Nicolas Deschamps scored a goal and added two assists; while Ben Scrivens made...

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Your weekly AHL update courtesy of the Toronto Marlies: "The Marlies went 2-2-0-0 over their past four games on the road. Toronto played a two game series against the St. Johns IceCaps to begin the week. Toronto won the first game on Tuesday night, 4-2 behind Ryan Hamilton’s two-point evening. The Marlies scored three first period goals to help propel them past the IceCaps. Jussi Rynnas made 20 saves on 21 shots for the win. Mike Zigomanis chipped in with a goal and a helper. The following night, the IceCaps dropped the Marlies 3-2. Kyle Neuber scored his first career AHL/pro...

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The Marlies have been slowing down as of late but still own top spot in the North Division. Your weekly release from the Marlies: "The Marlies dropped a 6-3 contest to the Hamilton Bulldogs in front of 13,238 fans at Air Canada Centre on Monday. Toronto scored three goals in the first five minutes of the game, but then the Bulldogs responded with six unanswered goals. Jerry D’Amigo, Joe Colborne and Ryan Hamilton scored the goals for the Marlies. Mike Zigomanis led all Marlie skaters with two points, both assists. Olivier Fortier scored twice for Hamilton and Robert Mayer...

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The Marlies keep on rolling. Nazem Kadri, Marcel Mueller and Mike Zigomanis are tied for the team points scoring lead at 22, while Joe Colborne has two assists in two games since returning to the AHL and sits at 21 in 15 games played. Your weekly release from the Marlies: "The Marlies won both their games last week and extended their lead in the North Division standings. On Friday night the Marlies defeated the Bulldogs in Hamilton, 2-1. Jerry D’Amigo’s second period goal held up to be the game-winner. Greg Scott scored the other Marlies goal, which came on the power...

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The Marlies continue to churn out wins. They've collected 13 of their last 14 points as Nazem Kadri, Marcel Mueller, Mike Zigomanis, and Mark Owuya have led the way. An excess of depth has forced Owuya back to Reading in an unfortunate demotion after the Swedish summer signing posted a 4-1-1 record with a 1.73 GAA and a .939 save%, statistically making him the second best goalie in the AHL prior to his return to the ECHL. With Reimer's return bumping the rest down the goalie chain, Owuya finds himself back with Reading as Ben Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas...

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With the Leafs only playing two games this week, I headed out to the Ricoh Coliseum and took in a Marlies game. I don't know how consistently I'll be going to the games and talking about the Marlies, but it worked out last night and I thought it was worthwhile. Plus, their obviously an important part of the entire organization and are always worth discussing. If you live in Toronto, I highly recommend you go watch a Marlies game (or two, or three...). It's a cozy rink that just feels like a hockey arena, whereas the ACC seems more of...

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Over the weekend, the Marlies swept a back-to-back against the first-placed Eastern Conference team, the St. John's IceCaps. They now sit first in the North Division with  27 points and a 12-5-2-1 record. With Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb making positive contributions with the big club, the likes of Nazem Kadri, Marcel Mueller and Mike Zigomanis have stepped up and filled the offensive void. Meanwhile, Mark Owuya and Jussi Rynnas continue to perform well between the pipes in Ben Scrivens' absence. The Maple Leafs lead the Northeast, the Marlies lead their division, and the quality organizational depth Brian Burke...