The Toronto Maple Leafs saw their season end in a game seven loss in the first round of the playoffs, but some of their top prospects are still playing in the AHL playoffs. The Maple Leafs sent Joe Colborne and Korbinian Holzer down to the Toronto Marlies after they were eliminated from the postseason, and the Marlies got a big win against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) on Saturday to bring the series back to Toronto for a sixth game (and seventh if necessary). The Griffins hold a 3-2 series advantage, but momentum is on the Marlies’ side after a 4-1 win on Saturday.
Goaltender Drew MacIntyre was stellar in game five, but has had an up-and-down series. The Griffins took the first game by a 7-0 score, but the Marlies fought back to take game two. The Griffins won the next two games and had a chance to close out the series, but a 2-for-7 power play performance kept the Marlies alive. Top defense prospect Morgan Rielly scored his first career playoff goal on Saturday, and winger Greg Scott leads the team with seven goals and nine points. Rookie Greg McKegg has three goals and six points, while Mike Zigomanis is second in playoff scoring with two goals and eight points. The team is also full of veterans, as Mike Mottau, Tim Connolly and Mike Komisarek are all playing big minutes.
Things didn’t go well for the Maple Leafs in the postseason, but some of the future stars of the team have a chance to see some postseason glory. Game two takes place on Tuesday night.