Marlies head back to the Ricoh today for a return engagement with the St. John’s Ice Caps.
Yesterday at the Air Canada Centre, the Marlies took a beating at the hands of the Ice Caps by a score of 6-2. Right from the beginning of the game, the Marlies seemed flat and without energy. The team returned home after a four hour bus ride from Syracuse after playing an almost perfect road game the night before, only to have zero hustle and an admitted case of nerves playing on the big stage that is the home of the Maple Leafs.
Coach Sheldon Keefe was visibly cranky during the postgame media scrum. Specifically saying that “Nylander was not good today”, and benching him during the third period of the Saturday afternoon tilt. Nylander still leads the Marlies team with 23 points in 18 games played.
Antoine Bibeau had a rough game at the ACC. While Bibeau is sporting a 6-2 record, the underlying numbers must be a bit concerning to the team. A goals against average of 3.49 and a save percentage of .873 are not acceptable if Bibeau is going to be considered a starting goaltender in the AHL. Rebound control seems to be worse than last season and giving up a soft goal at an inopportune time is also plaguing Antoine. Two goals early in the game versus the Ice Caps on Saturday were from a lack of holding the post and must be worked on if progress is to be made.
Game time is 1pm at the Ricoh Coliseum and a much better effort will be required in the third game in three games if the hometown team is to be victorious.
Game report to follow.