With the final buzzer yesterday at the Ricoh Coliseum, your Toronto Marlies closed out 2015 with a well-played 3-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters.
Goaltender Rob Madore (Orlando Solar Bears call-up) played exceptionally in the net for the Marlies, stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Madore made several big stops at very crucial times. Lightning quick reflexes are the signature to Madore’s style of play as he isn’t the biggest goalie to enter the Marlies net this season.
If you are counting at home, the Marlies have had six different goalies in that net so far this season.
Josh Leivo opened the scoring for the Toronto Marlies at 8:35 of the first period to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
After the game was tied at 1-1, TJ Brennan (who played center today for the Marlies) scored on the powerplay to retake the lead. The Marlies were only 1 for 6 on the powerplay today at the Ricoh but moved the puck well and lacked finish. During one of those powerplay chances the Marlies did give up a shorthanded goal on a giveaway by Richard Panik.
Matt Frattin scored the game winning goal on a breakaway, converting his own rebound after the initial stop was made by the Lake Erie netminder. The goal, his 7th of the season, was scored midway thru the second period but held up to secure the victory in front of a sparse New Year’s Eve crowd of 3,604.
Toronto ended the month of December with a 10-2-1-0 record, which is impressive, to say the least. The Marlies are the first team in the AHL to reach 25 wins this season and are first in the American Hockey League heading into the the new year.
As an aside, Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf and his wife Elisha were in attendance for this game. Leaving the Ricoh after the media scrum, witnessed first hand just how generous they both are with their time when it comes to fans of Leafs/Marlies. Taking the opportunity to sign any autograph that was requested and also any picture that a fan asked for was impressive. Dion also ensured that the fan taking the picture was happy with the product before moving onto the next group of fans. What I witnessed in a short period of time would make his Coach and organization very proud that they have Phaneuf as an ambassador for this team.
Thus ends 2015 but it is just the beginning on the Marlies push towards the playoffs, and in fact I believe the Marlies are going to be the talk of the town in 2016. Buckle up Marlies and Leafs fans the fireworks are about to begin.
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