The Holy GrAHL Podcast Episode 61: Guys Night at the Track
Welcome to episode 61 of Field Pass Hockey’s American Hockey League podcast, the Holy GrAHL, where your hosts Zack Power, Corey Swartz, andAndrew Rinaldi break down the last week of March and early April. This week’s episode is no joke as although the hosts are a man down without Deana Weinheimer, there’s no shortage of hot takes starting with which defunct AHL team the crew would bring back.
The show segues into the latest news and recapping the Elite Prospects Player of the Week with the nod going to Belleville Senators goaltender Leevi Meriläinen, who earned a shutout in his first AHL game and was given a recall to the Ottawa Senators in short order.
Next up, get your controllers and whatever friendships you want to have ruined as Corey compares the Atlantic Division race to that of a game of Mario Kart. The Atlantic is more of a Rainbow Road than what you might expect, with several teams hitting banana peels and the latest blue shell upsetting the leaders of the pack, but each team is one good item box away from taking it all back.
It’s a North Division roundtable discussion as the crew breaks down the race and which club could make a surprise push to make the dance. The Laval Rocket are hot and both the Cleveland Monsters and the Belleville Senators have been not, with concerns about the leaders in Toronto despite being the first team to clinch their division.
After that, it’s time to get the party started in the Central Division as Andrew is taking you on a tour of the house party in the midwest, as he introduces you to the hosts, the VIPs, and even those who aren’t handling their liquor so well over the long party that is the AHL schedule.
Speaking of complete tours, Zack is up next with the good, the bad, and the ugly in the Pacific Division as the guys lament what could have been with a traditional playoff format as the discussion piece. Who’s a sleeper pick to make some damage in the postseason, and whose goose is cooked going into the postseason? All will be revealed.
Finally, the guys give their picks for games to watch out for and what action you can sample for no extra charge, and Corey wraps up the episode with the bonus round that sees some obscure Hershey Bears trivia. Who will emerge the victor? It comes down to the wire to cap off the episode.
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