A Toronto-based professional team is making the playoffs this year! I just got back from Ricoh and an amazing Marlies game. Against all odds, we have clinched a playoff spot.
Pogge was great between the pipes, we fought back from a 3-1 deficit against the best team in the division and we had to deal with questionable refereeing, a horrendous defensive lapse and Syracuse playing the worst team in the division.
I was only a few feet from the goal line when Tim Stapleton scored the winner in overtime. I was lucky security cut me some slack. They have a "don't bang on the glass" policy at Ricoh, which I ignore as the game becomes more intense. I literally get lost in the action, and I really wanted this one. When we scored the tying goal, I stood up and banged that glass as hard as I could.
Security came over and gave me a warning. The kids beside me would bang the glass later that period and they got punted. I think having an innocent 7-year old son in a Leafs jersey beside me worked in my favour.
It was a thrilling comeback and when Rochester beat Syracuse 2-0, we were 3 points ahead with only one game left in the regular season. Syracuse can't make up 3 points in one game, no matter how many Faith Nights they had this season. The Marlies have clinched a playoff spot.
Kids, don't bang on the glass. That's one to grow on.