Since the Toronto Maple Leafs are not in the 2012 NHL playoffs, their AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies have started off their playoff run with two 4-3 wins over Rochester Americans.
In game one, the Marlies came from behind to win 4-3. Leading the way was Jerry D’Amigo with two goals, including the winning goal. D’Amigo was about to jump onto the bench when Mark Fraser came out of the penalty box and took the puck into the American’s zone. As that happened D’Amigo stayed on the ice and charged into the offensive zone, receiving a pass for the winning goal. Mike Zigomanis and Matt Frattin were the other goal scorers for the Marlies, while the American’s got their offensive help from Marcus Foligno, T.J. Brennan and Phil Varone.
In the second of two 4-3 wins, D’Amigo continue his heroics with two more goals, one being the game winner again. If D’Amigo keeps up this offensive pace, he is certainly making a case from himself before the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp starts in the fall.
“I gained the confidence in junior that I wouldn’t have been able to with the Marlies,” D’Amigo said. “You go through obstacles in life and in your career that make you a better person.”
Toronto coach Dallas Eakins said D’Amigo is thriving because of his “pure determination” and has become a very hard player to play against.
The Marlies finished 2nd in the Western Conference this season and placed first in the North Division.
The next two playoff games will be in Rochester on Monday and Wednesday. I would not be surprised if the Marlies swept the rest of the series. Their talent level is far greater than the majority of the teams in this year’s playoffs.
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