Tonight is Game 2 of the North Division Semifinals between the San Antonio Rampage and the Toronto Marlies … The Rampage (42-28-3-7, 94 points) are making their second trip ever to the Calder Cup Playoffs with the most wins and points in a single-season in franchise history … They finished fifth in the AHL West Division, and crossed to the North Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-place team (Hamilton) in the North … The Rampage finished with 19 wins away from the AT&T Center, their most road wins ever in a single season … The previous postseason visit came in 2003 for the Rampage … They were swept in a best-of-five series by the Norfolk Admirals in the first round.
AGAINST THE MARLIES: Toronto took a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of this best-of-seven series to grab a 1-0 lead … Jiri Tlusty notched the game-winner with about six and a half minutes left, the first win all-time for Toronto against the Rampage … All three Rampage goals came via the specialty teams, with David Spina and Brendan Bell posting tallies on the man-advantage against the league’s top penalty-killing unit in 2007-08 … Matt Murley scored a short-handed marker with 17.5 ticks left in the second period to tie the game … The Marlies finished the season 50-21-3-6 (109 points), atop the North Division and second in the Western Conference … Each team took a victory on the other’s home ice in their two contests during the regular season.
SERIES NOTEBOOK: Either Toronto or San Antonio will capture its first-ever Calder Cup Playoff series win in this match-up of teams making their second all-time postseason appearances... The North Division champion Marlies put up 109 points this season, the most ever by a Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate... In its only previous postseason appearance, Toronto was eliminated in the 2006 division semis by a Grand Rapids team coached by current Rampage bench boss Greg Ireland... San Antonio, which was swept in the first round by Norfolk in 2003, has yet to win a playoff game in its history... San Antonio’s roster contains former Calder Cup champions Joey Tenute (2006), Travis Roche (2003) and Bryan Helmer (1995), while Matt Murley reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2004... Marlies defenseman Derrick Walser won the Calder Cup with Saint John in 2001.