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Toronto vs Oklahoma City - Dallas Eakins

On Friday Dallas Eakins earned his 124th victory as head coach of the Toronto Marlies surpassing Greg Gilbert in all-time wins as the team’s bench boss.

Fitting.

Eakins turned around a league-worst penalty kill into a three-year contender for number one. He lead the Marlies to their very first Calder Cup appearance. And most important, he has done so with a young group of men. Many of whom were handpicked by management in the draft to be formed into the Maple Leafs of the ...

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Toronto vs Rochester - Ben Scrivens

Friday will mark the latest battle in the Toronto and Rochester series. Heading into the game the two teams are tied with 19pts; the Americans have a slight advantage with a game in hand. Both vie for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

In years past the end of November isn’t usually the time to start watching the standings – and trust me, I’m not trying to start anything here – but recently the league has shows a parody and competition level that calls to mind the NHL’s ...

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Toronto vs Hamilton - Nazem Kadri and Keith Aucoin

The latest in the rivalry series has dropped.

Centring around the premise that a singular team’s success fuels rivalry, this edition of Rivalry: Marlies/Bulldogs walks through the post-season success that both the Toronto and Hamilton teams have found in recent years. It’s nutty when you think of it. The Bulldogs won the Calder Cup in ’07. The Marlies storm back and go on a run to the conference finals in ’08 taking the first two series in seven games. Both teams make the playoffs in 2009. Hamilton goes ...

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Hershey Bears - Braden Holtby

After falling to both the Senators and the Penguins on the road, Dallas Eakins stated that he remains proud of how his team has played.

For many, the Marlies strongly outplayed their opponents in the first half of a four game road trip and have deserved a better result. The team’s ultimate leader and general, the bench boss now in his fourth season as head coach, said their fate was not due to a lack of effort, a needed change to their system or the search for a better ...

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Toronto vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - Ben Scrivens & Mike Zigomanis

Saturday’s performance from Ben Scrivens was a stand-out one for the third-year pro.

I don’t want to pretend I’m a fancy shmancy hockey analyst – because when it comes to breaking down the forecheck or explaining the trap I’m all thumbs – but Scrivens’ poise, timing and sheer dominance looked to be the best he has put forward all season (not taking anything away from any other game – especially not his shutout).

Yet it seems the Urim and the Thummim did not fall in the Marlies favour (how’s that for a ...

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WBS Penguins - Phil Dupuis

As the Marlies continue their tour of the Eastern Conference, their next stop is the home of the Penguins.

Now, before everyone gets tongue-tied, I’ll help you out with the town name. The Penguins reside almost right in between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; spelled Wilkes-Barre you’ll want to pronounce it WILLKS-BAR. The Scranton on the end honours the town 30 minutes away (made popular over recent times by The Office).

Now enough with the geography lesson, let’s switch to math.

Having lost their past two on the road, the Marlies visit Wilkes-Barre ...

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and all my Canadian ones who feel like celebrating twice).

This evening I hope you enjoy plenty of turkey, a second helping of stuffing and a full serving of Marlies hockey as the team is in Binghamton, New York, to take on the Senators in the first of four matches against the Senators.

With only two home games in the calendar month – the lowest since returning to Toronto in 2005/06 – the Marlies are back on the road for the first of ...

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Toronto vs Hamilton - EA Sports

This has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And most brilliant.

EA Sports has decided to do a weekly AHL Sim of the Week, the most recent was everyone’s favourite AHL rivalry; Hamilton vs Toronto. And I’d like to start out by saying this that even the computers know that Toronto would beat their provincial adversary.

The game took place at Copps Coliseum in front of what appears to be a sellout crowd (not too different than the Bulldog’s impressive attendance numbers this season). Opening the ...

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I remember going through the prospective roster ahead of the season.

I counted in my head how many of the players could be top-notch point producers at the AHL level. I think we all did that. Ryan Hamilton, Greg Scott and Carter Ashton all scored upwards of 20 goals last season; Mike Zigomanis and Nazem Kadri were both close to doing the same. Matt Frattin produced at a point-per-game pace during the playoffs, and both Nicolas Deschamps and Jerry D’Amigo put up double-digit figures in the post-season.

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The world of sports is an ocean full of great stories.

Matt Frattin goes down with an unfortunate injury the secure the advancement to the Calder Cup Finals for his team, doesn’t play again for nearly six months and then scores a pair of goals in his return. With all the focus once again turning on the offensive output of Nazem Kadri, the talented forward silences his critics with 10 points in four games. Paul Ranger takes a leave from the game for almost three years, returns as part ...

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In my five seasons covering the Marlies, I don’t think I have ever seen anything that came close to today’s game versus Hamilton.

And don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some crazy things in my time.

There was the running over of James Reimer and subsequent four goal third period to lead the Marlies past the Senators in November 2009. I also remember a nutty third period against the Grand Rapids Griffins, one that saw more penalty minutes in the final ten minutes than some teams see in a month.

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Toronto v Hamilton - Scott

The boys are back in town.

The Marlies return home Saturday to face the Hamilton Bulldogs in what has begun to feel like a weekly affair. It’s the fifth game between the two rivals of the fledgling regular season, with two more tacked on in preseason.

After battling hard to tie it on Friday, two goals in 34 seconds sealed the fate of the Marlies in the third period, giving the Bulldogs their first win in four games and handing Toronto their first loss in five. After having traveled to six different ...

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Toronto v Florida - Matt Frattin

Matt Frattin was absolutely stunning in his return.

Kudos to the sharp-shooting forward who returned to the lineup Friday night ready to play. Apparently the news if Frattin’s eligibility came so close to game time that the bus had to hold back a few extra minutes for him to arrive. And judging by the result, there was no better way to spend that extra time.

Frattin came out roaring with the game’s opening goal, and then a second later on to draw the Marlies to within one of the Bulldogs.

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Toronto - Keith Aucoin

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UPDATE: Matt Frattin to dress for the Toronto Marlies tonight. In his 13 playoff games prior to injury Frattin scored 10 goals, 13 points. Certainly a welcomed return to the Toronto lineup.

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As it marked the beginning of the Marlies extended time away from Ricoh, so too does it indicate the end.

The Toronto Marlies return to Copps Coliseum to meet the Bulldogs after stringing together four wins and suffering only two losses since they last squared off in a game that was ultimately decided by Simon Gysbers’ overtime goal. Those four ...

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Biggs/Percy - Stuart Percy

Not staying long, just wanted to leave you folks with the latest in the Biggs/Percy series. The camera tags along through an entire Mississauga Steelheads game day as head coach James Boyd speaks on Percy’s leadership style; the team squares off against an offensive Erie top line including 15 year old Connor McDavid; and Stuart speaks of what the poppy means to him.

Enjoy.

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This could possibly be the most interesting test the Marlies have faced – and perhaps will face – all season.

The draft rankings of the Oklahoma City roster (AHL affiliate to the Edmonton Oilers) may be the most prestigious in all the AHL right now. The Barons boast seven selected in the second round to add to the six drafted in the NHL’s top 30, including two chosen first overall. Clutch goals, shootout goals and game winning goals have made Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins household names.

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Jon Abbott

First off I’d like to dispel any rumours that Jon Abbott has turned 100, that’s just preposterous (the video for that would have to be much better). No, rather he crossed 100 games called with the Marlies this past week.

While the team fought from behind to tie and eventually win in Houston, our good friend Jon Abbott was sitting in front of the Marlies microphone for the 100th time. All of us wanted to make sure we recognized this feat, and not just those at Marlies headquarters. Many sent along your ...

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First up, isn’t this pic incredible? It’s from a while ago, but it’s so good it is definitely worth reusing.

By now you probably know that the Marlies defeated the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night in impressive fashion. Twice the team trailed by two goals, but first of the year tallies from Colborne, Scott, Kadri and D’Amigo lead the club to a 5-3 victory and a sweep of the Texan leg of this Royal roadie.

Now, had you not been online Saturday what you likely missed was the friendly beaking that escaped ...

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The last six periods have seen nine goals from the Toronto squad, the most yet over a two game span this season. On Saturday the Marlies will look to prove they can continue the upward swing and string together a third straight road victory.

The San Antonio Rampage – AHL affiliate to the Florida Panthers – will play host to the Toronto team on the ice surface inside AT&T Centre. Toronto was winless last season in the pair of games against the rampage, prolonging the struggles the Marlies have had against ...

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It’s two wins in two nights for the Marlies as they continue through their second three-in-three of the season, Friday’s coming in a more decisive fashion than the first. But who’s keeping track?

Jussi Rynnas notched his second shutout in three games and Leo Komarov now has three goals in the first two games of the weekend.

And as the Marlies did everything they could on the ice to ensure success, I noticed a new trend develop amidst all of us back in Toronto rooting for the boys in blue. ...

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