TORONTO – It was a great hockey weekend for Orono, with two hometown favourites leaving their marks on scoreboards across Toronto. Bryan Bickell started things off at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, where he contributed a goal to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs. It was Bickell’s 16th of the season.
Bickell and the Blackhawks are on a roll. The Orono native has had at least one point in each of his last three games, while the Blackhawks have won their last eight games in a row. Chicago currently ranks ninth in the league, with 80 points in 66 games, and a record of 37-23-6. They are fourth in the Western Conference, behind Vancouver, Detroit, and San Jose. Bickell has 35 points in 63 games played this season.
In AHL play on Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Marlies were down 2-0 against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the second period at Ricoh Coliseum when Matt Caruana took his only shot of the game. And he made it count, scoring on the power play to bring Toronto within one. The Marlies went on to tie the game 2-2 before going down 3-2 in OT. It was Caruana’s 5th goal of the season.
This is Caruana’s first season with the Marlies, having played last year with the Portland Pirates. He has accumulated 9 points over 24 games played with the Toronto team. He was called up from the Marlies affiliate Reading Royals in January.