Marlies Win 4-2 Over Chicago

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 09 2013 03:58PM

It's good to see a new team in town. After all the Hamilton, Rochester, St. Johns, and other repetative matchups, its always nice to shake things up, and see what play styles you may have to compete against in the playoffs. With the next five home games coming against opponents who haven't played in Toronto this year, that's exactly what the Marlies appear to be doing for the next couple of weeks. That said, there's still standings implications. Take this game - the Chicago Wolves trailed them by just one point going into the opening faceoff. The Marlies hoped to make that number three, and di just that, winning 4-2.

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Marlies Fall 6-4 To Hamilton

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 06 2013 08:11PM

I'm not going to say that I'm sick of watching the Hamilton Bulldogs, but... screw it. I'm really sick of watching the Hamilton Bulldogs. They've got little to brag about in terms of a prospect pool, play boring hockey, play that hockey poorly, and when they face the Toronto Marlies, tend to switch into a mode where they're attemping to start a fight every two shifts. It's in no way entertaining if you prefer skilled hockey. There's still a game to go in Hamilton on Tuesday, but after that - sweet freedom. Season series done. After two preseason and twelve regular sesaon matchups, I'm probably as happy to not see the Bulldogs in Ricoh Coliseum again as the two teams are.

That said, while this wrapping up is all good and fantastic, there was still points on the line tonight. With the Bulldogs well out of the playoff picture already, these were Toronto's points to lose, and unfortunately for them, they did just that, falling 6-4.

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Ten Thoughts At Ten Games

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 06 2013 02:34PM

Ah, the ever so trusty ten game mark. The best time possible for talking points, in the sense that it's a decent chunk of games to get a feel for a team's players, yet not enough to get into a panic about the rest of the season. This year, however, could be an exception to the rule - what was once seven do-overs is now four, meaning the effects of the first ten games will resonate with the end result far more than the norm. So, with that said, is it time to panic? Time to panic... more? I'm not quite sure, so here's ten thoughts to celebrate ten games down.

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Marlies Snap Skid, Win 4-2

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 02 2013 06:24PM

You know, even with their recent struggles, it would take a spectacular fall for the Toronto Marlies to train the Hamilton Bulldogs in the standings. After all, while Toronto was just a point ahead of 4th in the North, the last place league wide Bulldogs were still 16 points into the Marlies rear view mirror going into tonight. With that said, that didn't stop this game from being a must win. After winning 4 of the last 10 games, losing to a bottom feeder would be a confidence slasher for botht he players and those watching. As well, giving up points in your division, even when it seems impossible, can always have reprocussions. It seemed like those would be realized, but the team many are used to seeing came out in full force for the second period and beyond, taking this game 4-2.

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Marlies Fall In Rochester

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 01 2013 09:32PM

Source: Amerks Facebook

Remember when the Toronto Marlies had incredible depth in all positions, and were winning and scoring goals at will, along with having little to no trouble preventing them? Well, they're still capable of doing those things, but with so many players gone, it's not going to come anywhere near as easy as it was earlier in the year. Going into tonight, the Marlies had won 11 straight games against the Rochester Americans. That streak would end, as Toronto fell to the Sabres affiliate 5-1.

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