The Marlies started off their opening weekend on Saturday against the Rochester Americans with two great periods and then one hell of a stinker of a third period where they lost a three goal lead and wound up in OT and lost the game there.

Sunday was a much different matter, playing against the Utica Comets (New Jersey Devils affiliate) with Martin Jones made his debut in net for the Marlies, stopping 21 of 23 shots on goal. Our old friend Erik Källgren started in net for the Comets and was pulled after letting in a fourth goal on only nine shots. Nick Robertson was the star, scoring two goals in the game to help the Marlies ultimately win it 5-2.

Ryan Tverberg also picked up his first ever professional hockey goal. The Richmond Hill native was drafted by the Leafs in 2020 but played NCAA hockey for the University of Connecticut until his third year finished at the school in 2023. Check him out here getting a redirect that would even make JvR gawk in awe.

Roni Hirvonen was injured by a high stick and left the game. An update on his status is pending.

The Leafs play their third game of the season tonight here in Toronto against Chicago, and yes that means Connor Bedard will make his first appearance in Toronto. Expect a lot of media hype over that. We'll have a preview of the game out later this morning, but it's already confirmed by media that Jospeh Woll will start in net and the line swap that has promote Calle Järnkrok to play with Tavares and Nylander instead of Max Domi.

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