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Toronto Marlies advance to Calder Cup Finals

Friday, 05.25.2012 / 10:06 PM / News

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Toronto Marlies advance to Calder Cup Finals
The Toronto Marlies are headed for the Calder Cup Finals.

The Toronto Marlies are headed for the Calder Cup Finals.

Simon Gysbers broke a 1-1 tie with 11:22 left in regulation and Matt Frattin scored twice as the Marlies beat the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

The goal was the first of the playoffs for Gysbers. Frattin, who scored in the first period and added an empty-netter, leads all playoff scorers with 10 goals.

Ben Scrivens, who like Frattin spent part of the season with the parent Toronto Maple Leafs, stopped 26 shots as the Marlies won the series 4-1. They will face the Eastern Conference-champion Norfolk Admirals in the Calder Cup Final beginning June 1 in Norfolk.

The Marlies won the North Division title and finished third overall in the AHL standings with a record of 44-24-5-3 (96 points) this season. Led by third-year coach Dallas Eakins, Toronto defeated the Rochester Americans 3-0 in the conference quarterfinals, then ousted both the Abbotsford Heat and Oklahoma City in five games to become the first Leafs affiliate since 1992 to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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