And for the very last time this season I get to say… tonight the Toronto Marlies take on their AHL rival, Hamilton.
Wow, does twelve games ever go by fast. Fourteen if you include preseason.
Barring a miraculous rise to a playoff position by the Bulldogs, Tuesday will be the final meeting between the two teams until the 2013/14 season commences in October. The season may not have had the flash of the outdoor game, but it certainly was filled with its fair share of drama.
How about the time when Zack Stortini jumped the Marlies Kenny Ryan in behind the Bulldogs net? I think that one is hovering around 14,000 views on YouTube. Or how about the time Joe Colborne fought Gabriel Dumont? That video is over 17,000 views. And we can’t forget the whole Marlies.ca series dedicated to the Marlies and Bulldogs rivalry.
It’s been fun. So as we enter the AHL’s final battle of Ontario for this season, here’s a look at some telling stats:
- Toronto has won seven of eleven meetings, leaving four victories for Hamilton
- The Marlies have outscored the Bulldogs 41-29
- The Maple Leafs affiliate has shutout the Bulldogs twice
- Toronto has scored 12 times on the powerplay while Hamilton has only four
- In six of eleven matches, one of the two teams have crossed the five goal barrier
- The two teams have amassed 473 penalty minutes in the 11 games played, meaning they need approximately 85 in the final game to surpass last season’s total
Tuesday’s game will air on TSN 1050 with all the action starting at 7:30 in Hamilton. Upon adjusting your radio dial, you will be greeted by the ever-informative Jon Abbott as he will be your personal guide through the evening’s events. If internet’s more your thing, you can tune in on AHL Live. Just make sure you select the away audio feed so you can take full advantage of Abbott’s big brain. The audio feed is always free, and the video costs only a few dollars.
For all the lineup news and notes ahead of the game, lend Jon your follow (@HockeyAbbs) on twitter.