Marlies Schedules and 3-in-3 Sets

Gus Katsaros
October 25 2012 08:58AM

Five games into the 2012-13 season, and the Toronto Marlies have completed their first three-games-in-three nights sets. They line up six times over the season in 3-in-3 sets, a fairly low number when considering the Providence Bruins play an AHL high 17 sets, while their provincial rivals, Hamilton Bulldogs, in a league low, four - all after March 1.

Below is a look at the Marlies schedule, with the focus on 3-in-3 sets, and some distance traveled. Distances and schedules are complicated by long distance bus travel instead of late night charters, taking it's toll over the course of a season. Proper conditioning can make a difference late in games, and game sets, especially on the road.
 
The Marlies have two sets of 3-in-3 where they are the road team, once early and once late.
 
Date TEAM OPP Game # H or R DaysGap 3-in-3 Road
10/14/2012 Lake Erie Toronto 27 R 1 3  
11/9/2012 Texas Toronto 157 H 6 1  
11/22/2012 Binghamton Toronto 228 H 5 1  
12/2/2012 Lake Erie Toronto 303 R 1 3  
2/16/2013 Hershey Toronto 742 R 1 2 Rd
3/2/2013 Binghamton Toronto 828 R 1 2 Rd
3/3/2013 Binghamton Toronto 838 R 1 3  
3/9/2013 Abbotsford Toronto 871 R 1 2 Rd
3/22/2013 Chicago Toronto 935 H 5 1  
3/23/2013 Milwaukee Toronto 952 H 1 2  
3/24/2013 Peoria Toronto 965 H 1 3  
4/19/2013 Rochester Toronto 1111 H 5 1  
4/20/2013 St. John's Toronto 1129 R 1 2 Rd
4/21/2013 St. John's Toronto 1140 R 1 3  

The first 3-in-3 featured the first of two home-and home sets among the six 3-in-3 nights  versus the Bulldogs, traveling 63 km to Copps before the return affair at Ricoh, before hosting the Griffins. The second set has all three games on the road.

Toronto flies to Houston to start their second set, travel 298.3 km to Texas for the following day's game, and another 158.7 km to complete the set in San Antonio.
 
Four of the six sets are completed by December 2, followed by a 40 game span without any sets.
 
During that time, the Marlies are on the road for 15 games and play within a days gap in 11 games, eight at home. The average gap in days in the 29 remaining games is 3.3 days. Six of nine games in January are on the road, a contrast of 16 of 19 at home in six weeks starting February, with one road games 63 km, one hour away in Hamilton. 
 
The first 3-in-3 set - after wandering 40 games into the schedule - is on the road starting in Chicago, and 130.5 km away to Milwaukee, and then a third game 354.9 km to Peoria for a 5:05 start.
 
This series has a strange round-robin quality in that all three teams and the Marlies play a 3-in-3 exclusively amongst each other.
 
Date TEAM OPP Game # H or R DaysGap 3-in-3
3/22/2013 Peoria Milwaukee 938 R 3 1
3/23/2013 Peoria Chicago 953 H 1 2
3/24/2013 Peoria Toronto 965 H 1 3
3/22/2013 Milwaukee Peoria 938 H 6 1
3/23/2013 Milwaukee Toronto 952 H 1 2
3/24/2013 Milwaukee Chicago 962 R 1 3
3/22/2013 Chicago Toronto 935 H 5 1
3/23/2013 Chicago Peoria 953 R 1 2
3/24/2013 Chicago Milwaukee 962 H 1 3
3/22/2013 Toronto Chicago 935 R 3 1
3/23/2013 Toronto Milwaukee 952 R 1 2
3/24/2013 Toronto Peoria 965 R 1 3
 
The final set begins in Rochester on a Friday night 7:05 start, and travels 266.9 km to a 3 pm start for both weekend games against St. John's.
 
Of course, the Marlies also line up against a few teams in their three-game sets. They've already played the first of two games where the Monsters are playing their third game in three nights against divisional rivals Lake Erie, a 4-0 loss. The next meeting is in December.
 
Date TEAM OPP Game # H or R DaysGap 3-in-3 Road
10/14/2012 Lake Erie Toronto 27 R 1 3  
11/9/2012 Texas Toronto 157 H 6 1  
11/22/2012 Binghamton Toronto 228 H 5 1  
12/2/2012 Lake Erie Toronto 303 R 1 3  
2/16/2013 Hershey Toronto 742 R 1 2 Rd
3/2/2013 Binghamton Toronto 828 R 1 2 Rd
3/3/2013 Binghamton Toronto 838 R 1 3  
3/9/2013 Abbotsford Toronto 871 R 1 2 Rd
3/22/2013 Chicago Toronto 935 H 5 1  
3/23/2013 Milwaukee Toronto 952 H 1 2  
3/24/2013 Peoria Toronto 965 H 1 3  
4/19/2013 Rochester Toronto 1111 H 5 1  
4/20/2013 St. John's Toronto 1129 R 1 2 Rd
4/21/2013 St. John's Toronto 1140 R 1 3  

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Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator for McKeen's Hockey. Follow him on twitter @KatsHockey or his blog Kats Krunch at mckeenshockey.com
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