Toronto vs Hamilton - Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Paul Ranger

I’m running out of comical ways of describing how many times the Marlies and Bulldogs have squared off. Saturday night will mark game nine of their twelve game season series. I think it’s time to start the count down. Including Saturday, four more games.

After falling to Binghamton on Friday, Toronto traveled through the night and spent the remaining hours usually allotted to sleep in Ontario’s steel town. Due to their late arrival the club has opted not to have a morning skate.

The Marlies have been on the losing side more often than not over this six game trip, collecting only a single win and being handled three losses ahead of the roadie’s fifth game. The annual venture away from home comes as the boat show floods Ricoh. The year’s rendition started in Hamilton, a 2-1 loss, and will end conclude on the 24th in Cleveland.

Here are my notes ahead of the game:

  • Parent clubs Maple Leafs and Canadiens will play Saturday as well
  • Toronto loss on Friday lowered their record to below .500 on the road, now 9-10-1-1
  • The Marlies are 5-3 against the Bulldogs this season
  • Matt Frattin and Tim Connolly are both expected in the lineup tonight
  • Connolly’s assignment to the AHL is the first of his career, a 1999 first round selection by the New York Islanders, and he will wear #19 for the Marlies
  • The Bulldogs have lost three straight, and four of their last five

Tune into all the action starting at 7pm as Jon Abbott brings you the call from Copps Coliseum on AHL Live. The audio feed is always free and the video costs only a few dollars.

Find me on twitter (@chansler) as I’ll make every effort to bring you lineup news and notes as they become available.

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10:47am : Saturday’s game has been announced as a sell-out for the Bulldogs at Copps Colliseum.

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #1 Mark Owuya

FOWARD LINES
Hamilton – Zigomanis – Abbott
Ashton – Colborne – Scott
Deschamps – Connolly – Frattin
D’Amigo – Acton – Ryan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Mottau – Blacker
Yeo – Gysbers
Syvret – Grimshaw

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