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When someone is talking about sports and they bring up the city of Toronto what team do you usually think of first? Without hesitation most people would say the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, after a disappointing season where the Leafs failed to make the playoffs yet again, the attention should be on the Toronto Marlies. Over the last three seasons they have finished first in the American Hockey League's North Division and have finished with 96 points all three years. Every Maple Leafs fan should be watching this team.
After a disappointing Calder Cup Finals loss on a botched offside call by the officials in 2012 and a disappointing second round exit last year, the Marlies are hoping this is their year to win it all. After posting a regular season record of 45-25-2-4, they went into this year's playoffs as the third seed in the AHL's Western Conference. Their opponent; the Milwaukee Admirals. Through two games of the quarterfinal match-up, the Marlies have a 2-0 stranglehold on the opening round five game series. This was thanks to solid performances by Sam Carrick, Brandon Kozun and Jerry D'amigo. Drew Mcyntire posted a 2.00 GAA and a 0.933 SV% over those two games.
The Marlies hope to close out the series on Thursday which would give them a well deserved rest for the second round. Puckdrop for Game 3 is set for 7 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. If necessary games four and five will be played on Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 at 3 p.m.