Would you look at that. Just look at it.
Season number seven is coming to a close.
It didn’t hit me until sometime between my third and fourth coffee this morning. An early trip to Pearson to see the team off as they depart for Abbotsford on their final regular season road trip had my mind silently reviewing the year as my eyes inspected their lids on the ride back.
Two-hundred and eight thousand fans. Two hundred and thirteen goals for. Seventy-four games and forty-four wins, including one collected outdoors at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Forty-three different players. This season has been an incredible run.
As I peer down the Marlies 2012 results, it takes only a moment to pick-out my favourite game. Sure the contest at ACC was a riot; the teddy-bear toss was quite the spectacle and the AHL’s first outdoor game in Canada was monumental – but it sure is hard to beat two goals in the final 90 seconds to push a game to overtime.
October 22nd, 2011 vs Rochester.
It was only game five of the season for the Marlies. A tally from the Amerks 1:26 into the third period gave them a 4-2 lead. The reported 2,642 in attendance were as quiet as could be.
Of course until that lady in 118 sneezed (don’t think I didn’t hear you).
With 1:33 to go, Ben Scrivens on the bench and six attackers on the ice, Ryan Hamilton scored his first of the season. The then newly appointed Marlies captain likely had no idea he was going to have a career year; scoring 24 more times.
With 59 seconds remaining – and the goalie still on the bench – Darryl Boyce knots it at four. By this point I could’ve sworn there were 6,000 in the building.
Joe Colborne’s fourth of the year (that’s right – fourth , in five games) won it half way through the extra frame.
By the conclusion of the game, the offence was averaging close to four goals a game. The defence and goaltending allowing a little more than two.
Now, nearly six months and 69 games later, the team still allows and average of only 2.25 goals against per game. A league best.
Not too shabby.
As we close in on the final pair of games and head into the playoffs, it’s always fun looking back at your favourite moments of the season. Your favourite goals, fights, hits and wins.
If you have one that sticks out, let me know. If you’re lucky (and if I’m able) let’s try to dig up the video.
Happy Final Roadie.
(my pitch for a new stat holiday)