The Toronto Marlies will attempt to tie their series at 2-2 when they take on the Griffins tonight in Grand Rapids. The Marlies dropped a close 5-4 decision on Wednesday night to fall behind in the series. The next two games will be played in Grand Rapids, so if the Marlies want to send the series back to Toronto they have to win at least one of those.
The Marlies had some additional help for Game 3 as Joe Colborne and Ryan Hamilton returned from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Colborne was held off the score sheet, but Hamilton was able to find the back of the net in a losing cause. Spencer Abbott also returned from an injury he suffered in the opening round. He chipped in with a goal and an assist.
The rest of the series could very well come down to special teams and in that area the Marlies would seem to have the edge. As we have been accustomed to seeing under coach Dallas Eakins, Toronto’s penalty kill leads the AHL in the post-season with a rate of over 90%. The Griffins on the other hand are operating with a power play at just 16.2%. If the Marlies can exploit this matchup, look for them to get back in the series.