Following the NHL trade deadline, Toronto’s hockey teams rosters have remained in tact. In fact, the AHL version has grown, following the completion of playoff runs in the CHL. A trio of OHL’ers have migrated to the American Hockey League to join the Marlies.
Garret Sparks played 60 of his club’s 68 games this season. While with the Guelph Storm, Sparks put up 36 regular season wins to lead the OHL and to go along with a .917 save
David Broll collected 54 points with the Saul Ste Marie Greyhounds. Broll put up 17 goals and totaled 77 penalty minutes over 67 games in the power forward role. The Mississauga native played 3 games with the Marlies last season. Broll will wear #46.
Stuart Percy captained his Mississauga Steelheads this past season and appeared in all 68 regular season games. The Oakville native recorded 45 points, 32 of those assists. Percy recorded his 1st AHL point in his only AHL game last year, with the Marlies. Percy will wear #41.
Toronto’s school day affair with the Lake Erie Monster’s was not only the 3rd OT finish between the two teams this season, but also the 2nd straight game for the Marlies that was decided in extra time. In fact, 5 of their last 7 games have been decided in either overtime or shootout. Toronto have been able to use the extra frame to continue to collect points. In the series vs Lake Erie, the Marlies have picked up 11 of 16 possible points, despite the 3 OT losses. In their last 7, the blue and white have 9 of a possible 14 points and thanks to an OT winner from Joe Colborne vs the Heat, Toronto has 5 out of a possible 6 points over their last 3 games.
On the plate for a two game set are the St. John’s IceCaps. With only 8 games remaining on the season, the IceCaps make up 4 of them. The 1st 2 on the schedule occurs in Newfoundland and the Marlies begin a coast-to-coast stretch that takes them through 4 time zones and across the country in 9 days.
Although the IceCaps find themselves out of the playoff picture, they have won their last 4 straight hockey games. The Winnipeg Jets affiliate have also picked up victories in 6 of their last 7 games. The set vs the Marlies begins a 6 game home stretch for the IceCaps, who have only 11 home wins on the season. The best player of late for St. John’s has been Ben Maxwell, who has a pair of 2 goal games in his last 3, along with 7 points in that span. Mark Dekanich backstopped them to 3 of the last 4 wins, with Toronto boy Eddie Pasquale providing the most recent ‘W’ in the last game. With Toronto ahead 3-1 in the season series and the Canadian rivalry that exists in the AHL heating up in April, expect back to back games on the “Rock” to be spirited affairs.
Catch the games on AHL Live via theahl.com or on Rogers TV in the GTA at 6pm on both Friday 5th and Saturday April 6th.
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