Marlies close out their home stand on Sunday.
Well… sort of.
As of Sunday, Toronto will play their fourth consecutive game at Ricoh Coliseum as they host the Texas Stars. And although their next game is away from home, you can’t exactly say they ‘hit the road.’ After four straight at home, the Marlies head to Hamilton for a game on the 12th, followed by two more at home. The Toronto club will then venture to Syracuse only to return to Ricoh for 10 straight. In total, that’s 16 of 18 games played on familiar turf… err, ice.
As the Marlies venture back up the Western Conference ladder, there could be no better place for the Southern Ontario team than their residence at Ricoh. Their .775 win percentage still tops the AHL. Of the three other teams that have played the same number of home games (20) not one have crossed .630 win percentage.
With record setting attendance records (the Marlies placing in the league’s top-ten for the very first time), it’s not hard to see how Ricoh has become a friendly environment for the home team, and a toxic one for visitors.
All I’m saying’ is I wouldn’t want to be the visiting goalie.
Here are my notes ahead of Sunday’s game:
- With the game winner on Saturday, Jesse Blacker now has points in three straight games (2g, 1a)
- Joe Colborne continues his hot streak, with two points on Saturday he now has 15pts in the last 13 games (4g, 11a)
- Jussi Rynnas’ start on Saturday was his fourth straight, the netminder collected his 8th win of the season
- The Stars not only top the South Division, but also the Western Conference and the league with 61 points – though they have played three more games than the Marlies
- Texas has recorded two straight losses, including Saturday in Hamilton
- You may remember netminder Jack Campbell from the 2010 WJC where he and his USA teammates upset Canada on home soil to win gold
Continuing on in a trend of unparalleled Marlies coverage, there are many ways to tune into today’s game – all of which include the familiar voices of Jon Abbott and Bob McGill. You can catch all the action in high definition on Rogers TV starting at 3pm. Or, if you’d like to tune in on your computer, AHL Live has that angle covered. The audio feed is always free and the video costs only a few dollars.
As you countdown to puck drop, be sure to catch Jon Abbott on twitter (@HockeyAbbs) for all the lineup news and notes.
— Ian Meagher (@IanMeagher) February 10, 2013