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The Toronto Marlies will face a familiar foe when they open the 2013-14 regular season, as they host the reigning Calder Cup Champions the Grand Rapids Griffins this afternoon at 3pm at Ricoh Coliseum. The last time these two teams met was on May 21, 2013 when the Griffins eliminated the Marlies from the post-season with a 4-3 victory.

The Griffins have several returning players from that squad, including captain Jeff Hoggan, defenceman Nathan Paetsch and forward Gustav Nyquist. Grand Rapids opened up the 2013-14 season last night on […]

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“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s game.”

The words were spoken by arguably one of the best baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. It’s fitting that he notched his first ever career home run less than a mile from Ricoh Coliseum (don’t believe me, look it up), for members of the Marlies will all be looking to channel their inner bambino to hit another one out of the park in game six. Their season is on the line.

Having split the first two games of the series at Ricoh, […]

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Carter Ashton

It’s all about one game.

If you win one you still have to win another. You have to do it 15 times before you’re given the ultimate prize. But neither Toronto nor Grand Rapids have done that yet. Each of them still have to win the next game. And then the one after.

As long as there’s a game to play there remains the ability to win. And as the Marlies head into a game which holds in the balance the remainder of their season, it will be their ability to win […]

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It’s a seven game series and putting a team away for four games is no simple feat.

Those sentiments were shared by veteran defenceman Mike Komisarek following practice on Thursday, one day ahead of game four. Although he wasn’t part of the Marlies squad that fell in the finals last season, the blue liner knows the feeling all too well. As part of the 2003 Hamilton team, Komisarek advanced to the cup finals. The Bulldogs took the series the distance, but in the end they were shutout in game seven and watched […]

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When significant distance lays between opponents, the American Hockey League may switch the format of the seven game series from the accustomed 2-2-1-1-1 to a modified 2-3-2. In effect cutting out a trip by giving the lower seeded team three at home.

And that’s where we find ourselves today. Grand Rapids returns home having split the first two games in Toronto and the Griffins now have three straight on home soil ahead of them.

This however is not unfamiliar territory for the Marlies. After a long […]

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Will Acton

It’s interesting looking around the league and seeing some familiar faces as the playoffs enter the second round. Oklahoma City, the very team Toronto met in the conference finals last season, opened their series with a win Thursday. Syracuse, a transplanted Calder Cup winning Norfolk team, too find themselves in the final eight.

And of course there’s the Marlies. The team with unfinished business, left hanging last season as the runner up, motivated to win it all this time around. In the first season after seeing Grand Rapids leave […]

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