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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Will Acton

I never really liked road games.

I understand they’re necessary but there’s nothing that can compare to rolling into a familiar rink, getting some fresh popcorn and taking in some afternoon puck. However, if you were to look outside my window right now you would get why I’m thankful the Marlies are closing out 2012 in Grand Rapids.

Yepp, I said it. Closing out 2012. It’s the last game for the Marlies in the calendar year.

I’m almost sad to see it go. Think of all the incredible things that 2012 ...

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Keith Aucoin

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

When you look at the stats, things couldn’t be better for the Marlies. They have the league’s best record over the past 10, capturing 17 of a possible 20 points. Goal scoring has come with apparent ease, notching three or more in 10 of the last 11. Goaltender has secured four consecutive wins while Jussi Rynnas is yet to lose in regulation.

At the same time, the the bumps and bruises to the Toronto club seem to be ...

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Toronto vs Hamilton - Jake Gardiner and Leo Komarov

If you’re anything like me, you adore tradition.

It’s what huddles us all together during the holiday time even if it means sleeping in a bed at your parents place you outgrew years ago or eating that fruit cake that you don’t really like. It’s watching the first game of the World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, even if it means waking up at 4am.

December 26th brings another hockey spectacle. Since 2007 the Marlies have met a divisional foe in what I like to call (well.. what I stole from former ...

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Toronto vs San Antonio - Spencer Abbot, Mike Kostka, Ryan Hamilton, Keith Aucoin

I usually have some sort of fancy opening relating hockey to life, or to the time of year, or perhaps just a few words attempting wit. Today all I’m going to open with is 7-2-1-0.

That is the Marlies record over the last ten games. At the moment it’s the second best in the league. By the end of the day, a win could bring the team the league’s best record over the past ten as well as the division’s top spot. Abbotsford, who presently hold the first place ...

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Toronto vs San Antonio - Ryan Hamilton

It’s been quite the week for Ricoh regulars and Marlies faithful alike.

I’ll delve into the individual accomplishments in a minute, but first I think it’s appropriate to just appreciate the past ten games for the Marlies. Despite key injuries, the club has put up a 7-2-1-0 record. Without a team effort, individual success is quite tough – and generally appreciated somewhat less.

Following a rough start after a shortened offseason, the club broke out the steam roller and is tackling every obstacle thrown its way. The Marlies now sit ...

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Toronto vs Texas - Ryan Hamilton

It may be four days and counting until Santa comes to town, but for the Marlies it’s only two.

Friday will be the club’s second last game ahead of the Christmas break, both contests against teams that – at least according to the standings – appear conquerable. The first, a rare Friday night contest at home, will feature a San Antonio team that presently resides in the league’s basement with only 23 points.

Conversely the Marlies, with two wins this weekend, could tie division leader Abbotsford.

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Toronto vs Lake Erie - Jake Gardiner, Mike Zigomanis, Brad Ross

It’s going to be tight.

It’s a fact of today’s American Hockey League that head coach Dallas Eakins has been reminding his team of all along. It has also become a reoccurring theme during his post-game public address to the media.

Wednesday’s game in Cleveland against the Monsters demonstrates this perfectly.

Lake Erie sits in the 13th spot of 15 teams in the AHL’s Western Conference. With a glance down the standings, Lake Erie’s 26 points is only two back of an 8th place poll position. One win. A jump to ...

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Jussi Rynnas

Usually I’m game for coincidental stats. But this time I’m not too hot on it.

The Marlies are coming off a 4-3 shootout win. It’s only the second time they have seen the shootout this season. The first time was a Sunday home game against Grand Rapids. A contest the Griffins won 4-3.

Do you see what I’m talking about? A little close for comfort.

That said, I’m all about turning a new leaf; putting past demons behind me; and improving on lessons learned. I don’t expect the Marlies to take ...

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Toronto vs Rochester - Ben Scrivens

Counting down the Marlies top five plays of the week:

#5 – Brad Ross deflects the puck past the netminder for his first professional hockey league goal

#4 – Korbinian Holzer dishes out a punishing hit

#3 – Ryan Hamilton walks out from the corner and backhands it for a goal

#2 – Ben Scrivens makes a diving save against Rochester’s Verone

#1 – Greg McKegg picks the far corner and opens a floodgate of bears which pour onto the ice

 

There ya have it. The top five plays. Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Let me know. ...

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Toronto vs Rochester - Will Acton

Haven’t had enough of the Americans yet? Well then, you’ve come to the right place.

For the fourth time in two weeks the Marlies will take on divisional foe Rochester. The good news? the previous three have resulted in wins. In fact, including the first round playoff series between the two clubs, Toronto has defeated their Rochester rival in nine straight games. How’s that for a streak?

But unlike the meetings of late, Rochester heads into Saturday’s contest with the confidence of two straight victories behind them. One being to ...

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Spencer Abbott

It’s neat. Having access to the rookies as they experience things for the first time.

I feel like it is the closest we can get to experiencing it ourselves – whether it be a training camp, a first game or a road trip. For the newcomers, it hasn’t become routine. The novelty hasn’t worn off.

So to hear their expressions – the parts they find funny, or hard, or exciting, or challenging – seem incredibly genuine.

Enjoy the latest in the series of The Rookie Class. Casey, the team’s bus driver, ...

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Felix Beargartner

Nothing says Christmas like a stuffed bear leaping from the arms of a full grown man, over the boards in a local hockey rink, and plummeting down on to the frozen playing surface below.

Amidst a sea of amigos, Felix Beargartner made his leap on Sunday when Greg McKegg scored the Marlies first goal against the Abbotsford Heat.

Witness the leap of the bear.

All bears are donated to local charities to be distributed throughout the Christmas season. Thanks to all who brought their furry friends down and offered them off ...

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You Can Play Pledge

We are witnessing something extremely special.

The Toronto Marlies received overwhelming attention when the team came together to release their You Can Play pledge video. Players joined together and committed to a single resolve, to make their rink, their locker room, their home a place free from racist, homophobic and sexist language.

In a spirit that I can only describe as being ‘entirely Canadian’ – that of support, encouragement and unity – those in attendance at Ricoh Coliseum over the weekend offered ...

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Toronto vs Abbotsford - Nazem Kadri

Sunday’s a big game for the Toronto team.

The gap between the Marlies and the first place Heat has continued to narrow. Toronto is now only four points back of Abbotsford and a game with a four point swing (the outcome either shrinking the gap to two points or widening it to six) a favourable end could bring the Marlies within spitting distance of the conference’s top spot.

Although the Abbotsford Heat are no feeble foe – two Toronto losses in British Columbia would attest to that – the divisional adversary has ...

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Felix Beartgartner

After a promo like that, what more is there to say?

The cameras will follow Felix Beargartner around on Sunday December 9th as he prepares to leap from the crowd, up and over the boards and onto the playing surface.

Tune in to Leafs TV starting at 3pm for full coverage and check out Marlies.ca in the days to come for a full behind the scenes look at Felix’s stunt.

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Toronto vs Rochester - Nicolas Deschamps, Mike Zigomanis

I have always found interest in the ebbs and flows of a season. The way the same group of 20 men can climb to such highs and no sooner be forced to face what at times seems to be a complete turn of luck.

Even more intriguing than the ritualistic ups and downs are the nuances of the game completely out of the control of those who make up the team.

Miles traveled, back heavy schedules, hyperactive three-in-three weekends and long rest periods all add to the drama of a ...

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Toronto vs Lake Erie - Spencer Abbott

When Keith Aucoin started the season scoring at a point-per-game pace, I don’t believe many were surprised. The veteran had long inked himself as a consistent contributor in the American League.

Matt Frattin’s goal-per-game pace raised a few more eyebrows. I’m not saying it isn’t incredible – because it is – but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already thought of Frattin as an impact player. All of us knew he was going to make a splash upon return. He’s a guy that ...

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Toronto vs Lake Erie - Nazem Kadri

The Toronto Marlies turn their attention Sunday to the Lake Erie Monsters, a team they have only met once so far this season.

Despite having won only two of their last eight, the Monsters aren’t a team the Marlies can afford to take lightly. The divisional foe handed the Toronto a 4-0 loss their first time in town, and rank third in the league with a 8-4-0 record while on the road. That record is much for the reason of the team’s sixth place standing in the Western Conference, ...

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Toronto vs Rochester - Nazem Kadri

It has been said by management and coach alike from just about any team you wish to choose, they always look for their key prospects to dominate at the AHL level.

Nazem Kadri has 17 points in 19 games for the Marlies.

Of those 17, 13 came in an effort to set up his teammates for the tally. But from the looks of his two goals Saturday, Kadri is quite comfortable putting them in the net himself.

Part of me wants to write more, but I realize that all ...

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Oh these three-in-three weekends.

I don’t know how the players do it. But year after year they always manage. Far be it from me to be the guy complaining!

It’s game two of three straight for the Toronto team, who is coming off a victory in Rochester on Friday. Both the Americans and the Marlies travel to Toronto through the night in preparation for a Saturday night showdown at Ricoh Coliseum.

So far in their season long series the Marlies have collected a victory in both their home building and on ...

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