Veteran leadership on full display during important stretch, William Villeneuve finding confidence: Marlies Weekly

The veterans, the rookies — every single player is contributing to this Marlies team this season.
It was yet another winning week for Toronto and they’re now only eight points away from securing their ticket into the Calder Cup playoffs.
This week saw the end of a (longer) road trip in the United States as the Marlies took on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. No goals were scored until the second period, in which the Penguins first capitalized.
After that, it was all Toronto, scoring each of the next three goals for in the game. Jordie Benn, Joseph Blandisi, and Kyle Clifford — all in that order — got on the board for the Marlies in what was a gutsy win for the hockey club.
Joseph Woll also stopped 31 of 32 saves, giving him 15 wins on the season at that point in time.
“We got a long way to go,” Benn told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the run this Marlies team could go on, “but we definitely can feel that there could be something special there (the team) and we’re going to ride it out and we’ll see what happens.”
Toronto flew home on Thursday, getting in one practice before another game on Saturday, this time against the Hartford Wolfpack at home.
Similar to Wednesday’s game, there was no scoring until after the first period. Hartford found the back of the net first late in the second, though the Marli …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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