The Battle of Ontario is coming to the AHL this season.
Not that the Marlies-Senators rivalry needed to add any extra fuel to the fire. Much like their NHL affiliates, there is little love lost between these two teams who will do battle twelve times throughout the 2017-18 season.
Though the two teams didn’t begin playing regularly until the 2015-16 season, they’ve shared a number of big games since, including three games at Air Canada Centre (home of the Maple Leafs) and two at the Canadian Tire Centre (home of the Ottawa Senators). With the two teams now just a short drive away down Highway 401, the games are sure to be even more intense this season.
NHL Affiliate: Ottawa Senators
Location: Belleville, Ontario
Joined League: 2017 (Previously known as Binghamton Senators, 2002-2017)
Marlies All-Time Regular Season Record: 0-0 (As Binghamton: 22-13-3-2)
Playoff Series Record: 0-0 (All-time)
First Meeting: November 25, 2017 (Nov 18, 2005 vs Binghamton – 3-0 loss away)
Family Day Fun at Air Canada Centre (Feb. 16, 2015)
Keeping with playing in NHL arenas, the Marlies hosted the Senators for a special Monday afternoon game at Air Canada Centre on Family Day.
It was a thrilling back-and-forth game that saw both teams light the lamp, but it was Sam Carrick’s second goal of the night that proved to be the game winner as the Marlies defeated the Senators 5-4 in a game that featured a number of players who continue the rivalry in the NHL today, including William Nylander and Josh Leivo for the Maple Leafs and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Chris Wideman for Ottawa.
Kapanen, Hyman and Nylander Combine for Big Win (November 22, 2015)
It was an early-season matchup between the Marlies and Senators that provided an early look into the chemistry between William Nylander, Zach Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen throughout the 2015-16 season.
Both Kapanen and Nylander scored in the game, while Hyman had three helpers and the trio of forwards combined for eight points in a thrilling 6-4 win over the visiting Senators. The Marlies would go on to win 54 games and rack up 114 points that season, finishing first overall in the regular season.
Marlies Spoil Showcase Game in Ottawa (March 24, 2017)
In the heart of the playoff race, the Marlies traveled to Ottawa for an important game against the Senators. It was the end of a disappointing season for Binghamton, though they were prepared to step up on the big stage in their parent club’s home rink.
It was former Senator Colin Greening who scored the eventual game-winner in a 4-2 win for the Marlies, spoiling the party for Binghamton on their big day in Ottawa.
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