April 29 2015 07:59PM
You didn't think it was going to last forever, did you? While I'm sure the Toronto Marlies would have been happy with never losing a hockey game again, the odds of that weren't exactly in their favour. Pure probability aside, the Grand Rapids Griffins are very good and not the type of team that just gets swept in the first round, regardless of opponent. This was proven tonight, as the nine game winning streak was snapped by a 5-2 defeat.
April 29 2015 01:51PM
The Toronto Marlies continue to be full of surprises. At the nineteen game mark of the season, they were the worst team in the American Hockey League and well on their way to being the least successful Leafs affiliate of our generation. They then proceeded to win 35 of their next 57 games to sneak into the playoffs, and are now one game away from potentially sweeping their first round matchup.
At this point, you can't deny that the team is "for real". Though, with that considered, they're far from invincible, and there are a few reasons need to continue treating themselves as underdogs.
April 29 2015 11:02AM
Following the elimination of the Orlando Solar Bears from the Turner Cup playoffs, the Leafs organization had a bunch of its prospects sitting around with nothing left to do. That changed this morning, as the Toronto Marlies recalled four players from sunny Florida to recently sunny Ontario.
April 28 2015 10:58AM
Some found it to be entertaining, some found it painful, and some found it malicious. No matter what you call it, the American Hockey League calls Viktor Loov's hit from Sunday night one thing; suspendible. The Toronto Marlies will miss two games for his contact with Zach Nastasiuk.
April 27 2015 10:17PM
For many young players in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, this season is just getting started. The Toronto Marlies, for example, are flying high and within striking distance of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Tonight, however, their friends on the Orlando Solar Bears bowed out of the ECHL playoffs, falling 1-0 to the Florida Everblades in Game 6 of the opening around.