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.

But ...

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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.

If ...

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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.

That’s ...

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