Closing out a 12-game regular season series on Tuesday, the Toronto Marlies played host to the St. John’s IceCaps, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Despite Toronto’s amazing record – still first overall in the AHL with a 0.730 win percentage – the IceCaps have been a particular thorn all season long. But not this night.
Although the game was closer than the final score may indicate, the Marlies came out on top in this game 4-0, the two teams splitting the season 6-6.
Tim Bozon just misses a rebound as Ty Stanton fights for possession
Shane Conacher trips over Eddie Pasquale chasing loose puck
Matt Frattin ties up Brandon MacNally as Antoine Bibeau focuses on the shot
Brett Lernout swipes a rolling puck from a yawning open net
Richard Clune watches a puck sail past Eddie Pasquale
Through traffic, Antoine Bibeau makes a glove save
Kasperi Kapanen tries a pass through traffic
Tobias Lindberg opens the scoring with a shot through the five hole
Brendan Leipsic gets 5 for boarding Gabriel Dumont and a 10-min misconduct
Frederik Gauthier leans into the faceoff against Gabriel Dumont
Despite being first in the league, the Marlies had been playing poorly lately and needed a win, which they managed by coming back from a 2-0 deficit late in the third period to win the game 3-2 in overtime. (Game highlights here.)
Alex Stalock watches a play develop in practice
Anthony Stolarz works on his mental game in warm up
T. J. Brennan takes no chances in checking the Lehigh forward
From one knee, Eric Faille just misses on a one-timer
Colin Smith refuses to give up size, chasing for the loose puck
Tim Brent takes his chances, diving into a crowd of defenders
Dalton Smith and Taylor Doherty challenge each other as teammates look on
Alex Stalock holds back, letting Marlies Captain Andrew Campbell clear the puck
Brendan Leipsic just misses on a juicy rebound and wide open net behind Anthony Stolarz
Anthony Stolarz just manages to block the shot with his toe
Alex Stalock scrambles across his crease to prevent a late wrap-around attempt
In a tight game on Saturday, the Toronto Marlies hosted and eventually overcame the Manitoba Moose 3-1. Very different game when the two teams met again on Sunday, the Marlies coming up with a 9-0 thrashing to take first overall in the American Hockey League.
Here are some photos from Saturday’s game.
Kids can’t believe they’re this close to NHLer Jonathan Bernier
Sniper William Nylander works on his face-off skills
Mark Arcobello is too close to get the puck over the goalie
Pressing hard, Frederik Gauthier has a seat in the Manitoba crease
D-man T.J. Brennan snags a loose puck to clear the zone
Zack Hyman slides across the blueline
Starter Rob Madore cradles a dangerous shot into his arm pit
After a deflection, Richard Panik has an easy tap in for opening goal
After scoring the opening goal, Richard Panik celebrates
Canadians by and large are not particularly well known for their trash talking, even in sports. We’re more a smile to your face and mutter under our breath kinda people.
But I am no ordinary Canadian, and when it comes to my beloved Toronto Marlies, I won’t just defend my team, I’m happy to pick the fight. And it particularly nice when I can take a shot at my fellow Canadians.
Sometimes they kinda write themselves
With Star Wars night coming up, how could I resist drawing parallels between Hoth and Winterpeg?
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