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article imageAHL: Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup Championship over Marlies

By Daniel Boyington     Jun 10, 2012 in Sports
Toronto - The Calder Cup AHL's Championship was won by Norfolk Admirals from Virginia as they beat Toronto Marlies 6-1 at Ricoh Coliseum to sweep the series 4-0.
The Calder Cup was awarded to Norfolk's Captain Mike Angelidis by President of the AHL David Andrews.
Despite the controversy from Thursday's game in Toronto where Marlies lost due to an 'error' by the officials, Andrews decision was to allow the game to stand, and game four Saturday, Norfolk sweep the series 4-0.
Marlies had a tough road ahead of them going against Norfolk, since they came off a season of 28 straight wins, and Marlies have never played them before.
Cory Conacher of Norfolk Admirals AHL league MVP and rookie of the year
Cory Conacher of Norfolk Admirals AHL league MVP and rookie of the year
The game Saturday was close until the last period and another sell-out crowd of 8,084 at Ricoh Coliseum were not totally disappointed.
It's the first time Toronto fans many have ever seen professional hockey in June and Norfolk was pleased with the win in a major hockey centre.
Jim Gregory from NHL was in attendance at the game but would not comment on the rules and decisions of the AHL which is a development league for the NHL.
Toronto Marlies have nothing to be ashamed of, they made it to the AHL finals, for the first time and had a few bad breaks but many of the players are now in good positions for their futures.
Goaltender Ben Scrivens was outstanding throughout the playoffs and looking good to be considered for a spot with the Leafs and a few of the Norfolk players, who are the affiliate of Tampa Bay Lightning may have a future with the Bolts.
The MVP of the playoffs was Norfolk's Alexandre Picard, asked after the game about his award he said "It's not only me it's my team, I've been playing with so many good guys all year and I owe it to them too. They play hard (Marlies) it's a really good team and they didn't quit until the end, I give all my respect to them, and they're a really good team."
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