Any lack of hockey excitement in Toronto? ‘The wave’ at Ricoh Coliseum last night suggests otherwise..
The Marlies claimed the Western Conference title last night with a 3-1 win over the Oklahoma City Barons. Leaf youngsters Matt Frattin and Jake Gardiner proved instrumental once again last night with 3 points between the two of them.
Enough cannot be said about the support from the Torontonians who have consistently packed the Ricoh Coliseum this year. At about the midway point of the third period in a tie game, ‘The Wave’ broke out among the crowd. It was a great sight to see.. the Toronto passion reigning down on the young Marlies. It couldn’t have been a few minutes later, the roof all but burst off the building, when the deadlock broke as Simon Gysbers’ point shot found the twine. The Marlie faithful then proceeded to let Yann Danis, Baron netminder, have it. Taunting chants showered the poor goaltender, as he had played a great game, making some key stops along the way.
Ultimately, Danis was no match for his counterpart. Ben Scrivens, once again, proved himself as the backbone of this Marlies team, as they were outshot yet able to prevail.
The Marlies now boast an 11-2 record as they storm their way into the Calder Cup Final, where they will face the Norfolk Admirals
This is the first time a Leafs affiliate team has reached the Calder Cup Final since 1992.. safe to say I’ll be excited, as it was exactly a day before my birth, May 29, 1992, that the St. John’s Maple Leafs dropped an emotional Game 7 to the Adirondack Red Wings.
Something tells me this year will be different. Something tells me this city is on the verge of a Championship. So don’t roll your eyes and say, “It’s only the AHL”.. just enjoy it.. and watch the reciprocities of winning feed these youngsters, and the people of Toronto, with positive energy and a winning atmosphere once again.