Moments after his team punched their ticket to the second round with a commanding 3-1 win over the Rochester Americans in game three of the first round —sweeping the best of-five-series— Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe started off his post game press conference with a stick tap to his opponent.
“Hats off to them,” Keefe told reporters. “That’s great hockey team that gave us all we could handle and then some.”
While he may have done so inadvertently, Keefe drew attention to just how incredible the Marlies’ first round performance was. They had defeated the favourited Americans— who received reinforcements from the Buffalo Sabres after their NHL affiliate missed the postseason–and they did it with a great deal of emphasis.
“In a series where we were probably the underdogs and not a lot of people expected us to come out of this series —especially with Buffalo finishing early and sending down some of their good players—we’re happy to be moving on, especially doing it in that type of fashion,” said forward Adam Brooks. “Obviously we think we have more [to give].
The series victory, and the way in which it transpired–came as quite a …
Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation