“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, the Marlies fell victim to the AHL’s 2-3-2 playoff format which allowed the Griffins to gain some momentum on home ice and take a 3-1 series lead. The Marlies battled hard, outplaying the Griffins in game five and defeating their opponent by a 4-1 final forcing the series back to Toronto. They now once again face elimination, hoping to find the support of their sixth man – those in attendance – that they became accustomed to all season.
Here are six things to keep in mind ahead of game six:
- Toronto finished the regular season with the league’s best home record, losing only eight times in regulation and posting a 0.737 win percentage
- The Marlies attendance during the 2012/13 season ranked 9th in the AHL, the first time the club has ever cracked the league’s top ten
- When at Ricoh, the Marlies have outscored their opponent 128-85 during the regular season while the Griffins allowed 105 goals while on the road
- Will Acton has scored the game winning goal in each of the Marlies last three playoff victories
- Toronto has only a single loss at home during the post season, and suffered only three through four playoff rounds last year
- Tune into all the action starting at 7pm on Rogers TV, TSN 1050 and AHL Live
As is usually the case, catch me on twitter (@chansler) a little closer to game time for lineup news and notes.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre
Ashton – Colborne – Scott
Hamilton – McKegg – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – Acton – Abbott
Ross – Ryan
Ranger – Yeo
Marshall – Blacker
Rielly – Mottau