Marlies Return Home, Fall 3-1

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 26 2013 06:11PM

The boats are gone, and hockey lives on once again at Ricoh Coliseum. After a three week hiatus due to trade show usage of the building, the Toronto Marlies returned home for a late afternoon matchup against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The team looked a little different than when they left, and for whatever reason, they added to that difference by wearing their away blue jerseys. What ultimately matters though is not the makeup of the team, but the result they put out, and that wasn't a very good one, falling 3-1.

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Marlies Enter Act Two Of Season

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 25 2013 07:20PM

Tomorrow afternoon, the Toronto Marlies will return to Ricoh Coliseum to face the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins. This will be the team's first home game in twenty one days, with six road appearances wedged in the middle. Why? In typical minor league hockey fashion, the arena had other use, like being used as a lake for the Toronto Boat Show. A drastic transformation, which is fitting, as the team coming to play tomorrow is rather different from the one that left.

Before going into all of the differences between then and now, it's worth pointing out why this is the case. You see, the Marlies have been gone for so long, that when they left, the NHL lockout still hadn't been solved yet. I'm not talking about opening puck drop, or ratification, we were still at the point of "they're really going to lose this entire season, aren't they" thought on January 5th. Since then, we've seen contracts signed, camps completed, and NHL hockey played. Here's the aftermath:

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Marlies End Weekend With Shootout Loss

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 21 2012 05:34PM

After a pair of polar opposite performances against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday, the Toronto Marlies had an opportunity to cement the direction of their three-in-three weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon. While the teams are longer divisional rivals, the game was still one of many to come in the season series, and a prequel to the December outdoor game at Comerica Park. It was also an important night for Kenny Ryan and Jussi Rynnas, who had to prove to coach Dallas Eakins that it was the right call to keep them in the lineup beyond last night. In the end, the Marlies started strong, and fell back a little, before eventually losing the game in a shootout, 4-3.

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Rynnas, Marlies Shut Out Bulldogs 5-0

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 21 2012 09:13AM

Image via Marlies.ca

After a pair of games where the Toronto Marlies have heavily outshot their opponents, but had little to show for it, something had to give tonight. Maybe it was the powerplay, which entered tonight scoreless in its past 19 opportunities. Maybe the lines needed a bit of shaking up – though that was tried on Friday to little result.  Whatever the solution was, it had to be enough to reverse a 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs the night prior to even up the season series.  To the Marlies delight, they seemed to figure it all out tonight, overpowering the Bulldogs 5-0.

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Marlies Start Season With Win Over Rochester

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 13 2012 05:59PM

A new day, and a new year for hockey at Ricoh Coliseum. Today marked the start of the Toronto Marlies' 2012/13 AHL sesaon, making them, for a rare occasion, the number one hockey game in town. The team is a little better than it should be - with guys like Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, Korbinian Holzer, Keith Aucoin, and Ben Scrivens spending lockout time here. But the opposing teams are often much of the same - take an roster like Rochester's tonight, for instance.

Luke Adam, Cody Hodgson, and Marcus Folingo were just a few of the Sabres future bright spots in their path tonight. With a Western Conference Champions banner added to the corner, the Marlies were out tonight to show that they could repeat last year's success, and against their 2012 first round opponents, did just that, winning 3-1.

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