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Sports Marlies are Star-struck as Texas forces Game 7 in Calder Cup final

15:37  13 june  2018
15:37  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Stars pull even with Marlies in Calder Cup final

  Stars pull even with Marlies in Calder Cup final Curtis McKenzie scored twice as the Texas Stars downed the Toronto Marlies 3-2 on Thursday to even the American Hockey League championship at two wins apiece. The Stars host Game 5 on Saturday, with Games 6 and 7 of the best-of-seven set scheduled back at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum. Justin Dowling had the winner for Texas midway through the third period. Andreas Johnsson and Dmytro Timashov scored for the Marlies. Mike McKenna made 29 saves for the win as Garret Sparks stopped 15 shots in a losing cause.

Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe would have none of that after losing Game 6 of the Calder Cup final Tuesday night 5-2 to the Texas Stars .

By Kevin McGranSports ReporterTues., June 12, 2018The good news is the Toronto Marlies still have a chance to win the first Calder Cup in franchise Texas captain Curtis McKenzie started a three-goal second period, beating an uncharacteristically shaky Garret Sparks in Game 6 of the Calde Cup final .


The good news is the Toronto Marlies still have a chance to win the first Calder Cup in franchise history. That happens Thursday.

The bad news is they squandered an opportunity to do it on Tuesday.

The Texas Stars withstood an early Marlies barrage and used their own bit of luck and grit to win Game 6 of the Calder Cup final 5-2 at the Ricoh Coliseum.

The series, tied at three games apiece, finishes Thursday with the winner-take-all Game 7, also at the Ricoh (7 p.m.). And doubt might be seeping in with Marlies started Garret Sparks posting his weakest outing — four goals on 17 shots — before being yanked.

Calle Rosen and Justin Holl scored third-period goals as a comeback proved fruitless.

Marlies drop Game 2 of Calder Cup final

  Marlies drop Game 2 of Calder Cup final Marlies drop Game 2 of Calder Cup finalThe win evens the best-of-seven Calder Cup final at 1-1. The Marlies won the first game 6-5 on Saturday.

Goaltender Mike McKenna made 43 saves to lead the Texas Stars to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Marlies in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final to force a decisive Game 7 . Game 7 , with the Calder Cup on the line, will be Thursday in Toronto.

The Texas Stars even the series by winning game 4 by a score of 3 to 2

Sparks has been the backbone of the team all season, though it’s probably not the worst thing in the world that backup Calvin Pickard got some playing time given the stakes on Thursday.

The Marlies are trying to bring Toronto its first men’s professional hockey championship since the Maple Leafs captured the Stanley Cup in 1967.

But it’s not easy.

The Stars, who finished 22 points behind the Marlies in the overall standings in the regular season, have proven resilient opponents, answering each Marlies win with a win of their own, a fact that had not gone unnoticed in the Toronto room.

“Well, we’ve seen them come back now after we’ve won. They’ve won ... in this building and so obviously they aren’t going away. At the end of the day we’ve got to win one game and it’s not going to be easy,” said forward Colin Greening.

Marlies’ Calder Cup final run gets Leafs’ attention

  Marlies’ Calder Cup final run gets Leafs’ attention It’s June and the Marlies are still playing hockey. That in itself is an accomplishment for a Toronto-based pro hockey team.And whether they win or lose the first Calder Cup final in this city’s history, many players have already earned a long look for possible NHL employment by the Maple Leafs come September.So says Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, who took in the Marlies’ practice at Ricoh Coliseum Friday on the eve of Game 1 against the Texas Stars (4 p.m., TSN2).

2018 Calder Cup | American Hockey League Final Game 7 : Toronto Marlies vs Texas Stars June 14, 2018 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada Original Broadcast: TSN

The Texas Stars scored the tiebreaking goal early into the third period to defeat the Toronto Marlies 2-1 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday.

Texas is hoping to become the first team in Calder Cup history to win the championship by winning the last two games on the road.

The Marlies spent the day trying not to think the Cup was on the line, trying to treat it like any other.

“Just treating it like any other day, as difficult as that may be,” Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe said prior to the game. “We’re here for a reason and that’s because of how we’ve played and how we’ve prepared and we have to make sure we’re doing the same things.”

By “doing the same things,“ the Marlies were also hoping to duplicate their efforts in Game 5, when they scored on two of their first three shots and ultimately chased Stars goalie Mike McKenna from the game after 20 minutes.

But McKenna, 35 and in his second Calder Cup final in two years, seemed intent on proving himself a money goalie withstanding an onslaught of Marlies shooters, stopping 16 shots in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

Red-hot Toronto Marlies are the team to beat for AHL's Calder Cup

  Red-hot Toronto Marlies are the team to beat for AHL's Calder Cup After a fantastic 11-2 run through the first three rounds of the American Hockey League playoffs, including back-to-back four-game sweeps, only one team stands in the way of the Toronto Maple Leafs' top farm team bringing a Calder Cup to the city for the first time in franchise history. The Marlies take on the Texas Stars, the affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, when the AHL championship series opens in Toronto on Saturday. Despite a winning record in each of their last eight seasons, they've been unable to capture the elusive Calder Cup. In fact, the Marlies have only been to the final once before in their history.

The Texas Stars went to Toronto with one goal: Get the Calder Cup Finals to a seventh and deciding game . Mission accomplished. Mike McKenna stopped 43 shots, and five different Texas players scored goals as the Stars defeated the Toronto Marlies , 5-2, Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum

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While the ice had been tilted in favour of the Marlies for the first period and most of the second, it was Texas that scored first.

Texas captain Curtis McKenzie started a three-goal second period, beating an uncharacteristically shaky Garret Sparks in Game 6 of the Calde Cup final.© Rene Johnston Texas captain Curtis McKenzie started a three-goal second period, beating an uncharacteristically shaky Garret Sparks in Game 6 of the Calde Cup final.

And it was a controversial play that opened the scoring and had the Ricoh crowd booing the refs. Martin Marincin was dumped in the corner — without a call — by Curtis McKenzie, the Stars most dangerous shooter. He got control of the puck and had no one between him and the Toronto net, deking Sparks, for his playoffs-leading 11th goal and a 1-0 Texas lead.

Sparks didn’t look good on the next two — goals by Travis Morin and Austin Fyten. In fact, no Marlie looked good on Fyten, who beat Greening up the ice while Timothy Liljegren seemed to miss an assignment.

The second period ended 3-0, with the sold-out Ricoh crowd restless and with a few boos.

There was a momentary boost of life when Rosen scored from the blue line at 1:37 of the first period followed quickly by a Marlies power play. But the Stars’ Sheldon Dries scored short-handed to restore a three-goal cushion and end Sparks’ night.

Holl scored with under five minutes to go. Keefe pulled Pickard for the extra attacker, and Marlies defenceman Vincent LoVerde fell and fanned on a clearing attempt. Texas’s Colin Markison scored with 3:32 to go for a 5-2 lead that started the inevitable march to the exits by the Marlies crowd. It had been a record crowd, thanks to newly installed seating at the north end, of 8,783.

Leafs’ Liljegren makes strides in Marlies’ Calder Cup run .
Leafs’ Liljegren makes strides in Marlies’ Calder Cup runHe isn’t over it.

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