Fun day with the Marlies

on November 2017 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

Despite Toronto sports being in full bloom this weekend, I had an opportunity to do something I have never done before. No, I was not in Montreal to watch the Maple Leafs come back from a lacklustre first period and systematically dismantle the Canadiens 6-0 on Saturday night. As a side note, I thought that score line was perfect considering they were honouring the 100th anniversary of the NHL and the Original 6 teams that started it.

I’m also not referring to the game on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre where the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 100-91. It was a great response to the horrible effort last week when the Wizards walked all over them. If it wasn’t the Leafs nor the Raptors and since Toronto FC don’t play until Tuesday, I must be talking about the good ol’ double blue and the Toronto Argonauts. Actually, it isn’t the Argos either although, everything I heard states that it was an incredible Eastern Finals game with Toronto winning 25-21 after scoring a touchdown with just 23 seconds left. That’s right, the Argos are heading to the Grey Cup next week!

With all that sporting excitement, what could I possibly have done that I have never done before? The answer is simple enough. I went to my very first Toronto Marlies game at the Ricoh Coliseum. I will be honest in that I didn’t pay for my ticket. My son’s select hockey team (shout out one time to the Thornhill Rebels Minor Midget Blue) was given tickets to the game as was all the other Thornhill teams as part of their league fees. Since I am manager of the team, I also got a ticket and with a convenient, last second cancellation, was also able to take my other son.

After watching the game for a few minutes, the first thing I realized was that I couldn’t stop calling them the Leafs. It was quite entertaining that it wasn’t until much later when I got used to the fact that I was watching “just” a Marlies game. It should have been no surprise to me that they play the same style as their parent club, but I was still taken aback by how quick the tempo was, how quick they got to a puck and how quickly they moved it. No disrespect to the Syracuse Crunch who played very hard but were out matched most of the game losing 3-1 in the end. The Crunch could not keep up with the speed of the young Buds as they amassed eight penalties. On three separate occasions, the Marlies had a two man advantage and failed to score although technically the first opportunity was for only four seconds and the last one for ten seconds. Their power play despite having some chances failed to score all night. I am not sure it’s time to “break-up” the power play strategy just yet because the day before, in Saturday’s 2-1 win over these same Crunch, both goals scored were on the powerplay.

Instead of criticising both power plays (Syracuse didn’t score either going 0-4) let’s take a moment and praise the penalty killing. Not only was the PK a combined perfect 12 for 12 tonight, but each team also scored a goal while a man down. Justin Holl opened the scoring at 4:56 of the first period while shorthanded and Kevin Lynch responded with a shorthanded goal of his own a few minutes later. Miro Aaltonen got the game winner in the third period with Ben Smith getting his team leading 9th goal of the season into an empty net. As I mentioned above, it was a fast paced game and seriously had me deciding to come back another time.

From a fan perspective, it may not have been as expensive as it is seeing the Maple Leafs, but it still wasn’t cheap either. After all, this is still Toronto. A pair of large draft beers will run you $30 and that does include a small tip, with most other snacks going between $5 and $10. The best two words heard around the stadium was “free refills.” This did not only apply to the drinks (alcoholic beverages were not refillable) but to the $12 souvenir bucket of popcorn as well. By far that was the best value and certainly made the beer taste that much better.

Finally, what made the game and the day all the better was that on top of some good hockey and on top of the decent concessions was watching your children enjoy themselves with their friends. My boys are 15 and 13 and are at the age where they don’t need dad to hang around unless they need money. I even removed that responsibility from myself as I gave them each some money for the day. They were free to decide how they want to spend it and also be able to go on their own when they want to get it. If there was one thing more that I could have hoped for was the boys already being age of majority. Then they could have got my beer for me too.

Just saying.

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