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April 14, 2024

Toronto Marlies Sign Defenceman Chas Sharpe

The Toronto Marlies announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Chas Sharpe to a two-year AHL contract beginning in the 2024-25 season. He will be on a professional tryout with the Marlies for the remainder of this season.

Sharpe, 20, recorded 53 points (19 goals, 34assists) in 67 games with the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) this season while serving as captain. The Orillia, Ontario native also led the team in power play assists (16) and shared the team lead in power play goals (10). In 222 career games with Mississauga, the 6’3, 196-pound right-shot defenceman has 31 goals and 85 assist through five seasons.

The Toronto Marlies are the primary development program for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2005, 148players have appeared in regular season games at both the NHL and AHL levels. The current Maple Leafs roster features nine players who have dressed for both theMaple Leafs and Marlies – Simon Benoit, Pontus Holmberg, Martin Jones, Timothy Liljegren, Bobby McMann, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Nicholas Robertson and Joseph Woll.

March 23, 2024

Toronto Marlies Sign Forward Matthew Barbolini

The Toronto Marlies announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Matthew Barbolini to a two-year AHL contract beginning in the 2024-25 season. He will be on a professional tryout with the Marlies for the remainder of this season.

Barbolini, 23, recorded 25 points (11 goals, 14assists) in 31 games with Miami University (NCAA) this season, leading the team in all categories. He was also the Hobey Baker Award nominee. In his four seasons with Miami, the 6’2, 205-pound forward has 86 points (36 goals, 50assists) in 125 games. Prior to his collegiate career, the Williamsville, NewYork native appeared in 102 games with the Lincoln Stars (USHL), registering 23 goals and 30 assists

The Toronto Marlies are the primary development program for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2005, 148 players have appeared in regular season games at both the NHL and AHL levels. The current Maple Leafs roster features nine players who have dressed for both the Maple Leafs and Marlies – Simon Benoit, Pontus Holmberg, Martin Jones, Timothy Liljegren, Bobby McMann, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Nicholas Robertson and Joseph Woll.

March 16, 2024

Toronto Marlies Top Rochester Americans In Second of Three Game Weekend

The Toronto Marlies took down the Americans 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena.Toronto is now tied for fourth in the North Division with a 26-20-9-2 record.

The game was scoreless through 20 minutes of play, but the teams combined for six goals in the second period.

Nick Abruzzese opened the scoring 1:52 into the middle frame. Dylan Gambrell added a second goal at 5:17. Brandon Biro scored the Amerks first goal at 8:33 and Viktor Neuchev tied the game at two seven minutes later. Logan Shaw scored the Marlies third goal of the game with just over a minute remaining in the second, but Mason Jobst tied the game 20 seconds later, leaving the game tied through 40 minutes of play.

Kieffer Bellows scored twice in the third period to secure a Marlies victory. He fired home the game winner just over a minute into the final frame and then added an insurance marker at 13:58. Joseph Blandisi and Mikko Kokkonen each scored an empty net goal at 17:08 and 19:21 in the third, respectively.

Logan Shaw’s line, which included Nick Abruzzese and Kieffer Bellows on each wing, combined for ten points against the Amerks. Saturday’s game was the third time this season that Abruzzese recorded three points and it was Bellows’ fourth two-goal game.

"I think we just have good chemistry,” Shaw said about his line after the game. “Our message to each other on the bench is just play the right way and good things will happen for us. We like playing with each other, we like having the puck. We are trying to do it right and put the puck in deep when we have to. I think with our line – with Belly and my size andBruiser's ability to make plays – we can out-play teams in their end of the ice.”

“Just a lot more of that,” Abruzzese said when asked what he’d like to see as the Marlies enter their final stretch of the season.“Obviously everyone is kind of in the mix right now. Every team has got an opportunity to make the playoffs, so everyone is going to be fighting for these points. Just expect a lot more of that. Raise the level more.”

The Marlies will close out a busy weekend of three games in three days at Coca-Cola Coliseum on Sunday afternoon against the Laval Rocket. Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app or  AHLTV.

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Toronto Marlies Clinch Spot In 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs
April 13, 2024

The Toronto Marlies secured their spot in the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs following the club’s 6-5 shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch combined with the Utica Comet’s shootout loss against the Providence Bruins. Toronto heads to the postseason for the 13th time in franchise history. The Marlies currently are tied for 14thoverall in the league with a 34-23-10-2 record (80 points).

The Toronto Marlies are the primary development program for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2005, 148 players have appeared in regular season games at both the NHL and AHL levels. The current Maple Leafs roster features nine players who have dressed for both the Maple Leafs and Marlies – Simon Benoit, Pontus Holmberg, Martin Jones, Timothy Liljegren, Bobby McMann, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Nicholas Robertson and Joseph Woll.

Toronto Marlies Fall To Utica Comets In 2nd Half of Back-to-Back
April 7, 2024

The Toronto Marlies split a weekend series with the Utica Comets, falling 5-1 to the Comets on Sunday evening.

Max Willman opened the scoring for the Comets 5:15 into the first period. Xavier Parent scored at 10:53 in the opening frame to make it 2-0. Justin Dowling and Ryan Fitzgerald added goals at 3:51 and 16:51 in the second period, extending the Comets lead to 4-0.

Joseph Blandisi scored at 6:16 in the third to cut the score to 4-1, but Nathan Légaré added an empty net goal at 16:45 to wrap up the game.

“Well, they did what we did to them yesterday,” head coach John Gruden said after the game. “They came out ready, they were hungry, they threw some pucks on net. They're there to capitalize. We couldn't regroup.”

“The only time that we started togo a little bit was in the third period. By then it's too late,” Gruden continued. “We've played a lot of meaningful games. Our guys have played a lot of hockey. We just gotta now take our rest and work on some things and be ready for Wednesday.”

Wednesday will feature another divisional matchup against the Belleville Senators. Dylan Gambrell said the team will be prepared.

“We'll be ready,” Gambrell said. “Couple good days of practice. We know what's at stake; we talk about it every day.It's a tight race there. We'll be ready.”

The Marlies will play the Belleville Senators on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drop is at 7:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs App, AHLTV, and NHL Network.

Toronto Marlies Top Utica Comets
April 6, 2024

The Toronto Marlies picked up a 5-1 win in the first half of their weekend back-to-back against the Utica Comets on Saturday afternoon. Toronto is now fourth in theNorth division with a 32-22-9-2 record this season.

 

Kyle Criscuolo scored for the Comets 0:55 into the game. Roni Hirvonen scored three minutes later, tying the game at one. Alex Steeves added a second Marlies goal at 6:53 in the first. Joseph Blandisi wrapped up a three-goal opening period for the Marlies with a goal at 14:34.

 

Roni Hirvonen scored his second of the game 9:46 into the second period. Logan Shaw added a fifth Marlies goal with just 9 seconds remaining in the second, securing a 5-1 win for the Marlies.

 

“I loved our start,” Head Coach John Gruden said after the game. “I thought we had a lot of legs. We were rolling, we were disciplined. Once we took that 5-1 lead, even sometimes during the second period, I thought we got away from our game, but we knew they were going to have a push. At the end of the day, it's all about the two points.”

 

Nick Abruzzese picked up two assists in the game, extending his point streak to four games. Gruden said he’sbeen impressed with Abruzzese’s performance lately.

 

“One thing with him, regardless of what happens in the shift before, if he has a bad one, he goes out and he likes the puck on his stick,”Gruden said. “We see what he can do when he has it. He makes plays. Makes people around him better. Shawzy is benefitting from that.”

 

Dennis Hildeby has seven wins in his last ten starts. Nick Abruzzese said Hildeby has been integral to the team’s success this season.

 

“He's been our best player really consistently all year, ”Abruzzese said. “Reason we've had a lot of success over the last month is attributed to him.”

 

The Marlies will finish the second half of their back-to-back with the Comets tomorrow afternoon at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app or onAHLTV.

Toronto Marlies Top Springfield Thunderbirds In School Day Game
April 3, 2024

The Toronto Marlies took down the Springfield Thunderbirds 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Mikko Kokkonen opened the scoring with a goal two minutes into the game. Ryan Suzuki tied the score at one 8:28 into the first period. Logan Shaw and Alex Steeves answered with goals at 12:07 and 18:50, giving the Marlies a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes of play.

Jakub Vrana scored a pair of goals at 3:10 and 10:02 in the second period, tying the game at three. Max Lajoie added a fourth goal for the Marlies 11:31 into the second, restoring Toronto’s one goal lead.

Isaac Johnson scored his first goal of the season 15 seconds into the third period, giving the Marlies a 5-3 lead. Josiah Slavin added a sixth goal five and a half minutes later, securing a 6-3 win.

Matthew Barbolini picked up a primary assist on Slavin’s goal, marking his first career AHL point. After the game, head coach John Gruden said both Barbolini and Johnson have impressed him so far.

“They're big strong guys and they're not afraid to get to the front of the net. And they're doing a good job,” Gruden said. “Hard sometimes to fit in, but you simplify things and play in straight lines and go to the front of the net, you get rewarded.”

“Just trying to work as hard as I can. Trying to learn as much as I can too,” Barbolini said when asked about his first three games with the Marlies. “Try to embrace the role that I'm given. Hopefully just run with it.”

With an assist on Alex Steeves’ first period goal, Topi Niemelä has registered a point in five straight games. Logan Shaw and Tate Singleton also have points in three straight.  

The Marlies will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Utica Comets at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app or on AHLTV.

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