TORONTO, ONTARIO -- During the off season the Legions' GM predicted that Toronto would be closer to .500 than some people were anticipating, and they've proven through the seasons first twenty four games to be a bigger thorn than some have come to realize, at least compared to their record from last season. Toronto was 9-14-1 after their first twenty four games in Season 70, while they're now 10-10-4 this season and looking to maintain their position, perhaps even move into a playoff spot as the teams above them battle each other for points in the conference.
Toronto has been led by by their first alternate captain -- Nielsen (@solas) -- and by a formerly underutilized Miniti with twenty points each, while Scoringsonn, Dissanyake (@nethi99) and Killinger make up the remaining three players of Toronto's top five point scorers with 18, 17 and 16 respectively. While team captain Chad Magnum (@Corco) and his 15 points have certainly been welcomed -- which he is on pace to double his rookie totals -- it's his impressive physical presence on the ice with a remarkable 97 hits so far, well above any other Legion player and good for fifth league wide, that has helped the Legion establish a thorny reputation.
"I'm very happy with how we're performing," Peace said in a brief media conference after the teams recent 4-3 loss to Moscow. "I think we're underestimated by a large chunk of the league, and while it's still early, we've been performing pretty good against teams that should -- at least on paper -- completely blow us away, such as the game today against Moscow. Killinger's 18 shots, that impressive, and Toronto actually controlling segments of the game are more common now."
While rookie goaltender Hextall (@ROOKIE745) wasn't in net during Toronto's latest games against Prague and Moscow, finally given a break after a string of successful starts for the club, the young netminder has built himself a solid foundation to continue his daily improvement. The Legions' starting goaltender has a 9-8-3 record with a .916 save percentage, better than both former Legion goaltender JB Rift and league favorite Rayz Funk, while earning a respectable 2.83 goals against average after facing the third most shots in the league.
He's a massive reason Toronto is 10-10-4 right now, and there is absolutely no denying it.
"We've got to reach the minimum games played requirement," Peace said in regards to Hextall being on the bench in the clubs recent games. "He knows that I believe he gives us the best chance at a win each night over Gunnarsson, and he'll be playing ten more games in a row so I hope he's ready, but yeah, sadly we have to reach a minimum. If we don't I'll eventually have a rule named after me, too, and I don't know if I want that just yet."
While Toronto is sharing team success, individually rookie forward McDagg (@Viperxhawks19) seems to be going through a rut after being the top rookie leader earlier this season. He's been scoreless in many contests, and we know in the world of hockey this could ruin a prospects confidence, but there is still hope. The Legion forward has been a great defensive asset for the club, slowly clawing his way back into a positive +/- rating, and making those around him a little more defensively better as a result. The points will come, he's doing the small things right.
Oh yeah... Toronto recently added the Gutzwiler brothers (@DaftRaincloud and @Gwdjohnson) too! Both of them celebrated their first VHL goals in Legion uniforms.
Congratulations, Leon and Gabriel Gutzwiler!