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Marlies first to secure 2018 postseason berth

The Toronto Marlies became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs on Saturday night, their seventh consecutive trip to the postseason.

The Marlies punched their ticket with a 4-3 win over Providence at Ricoh Coliseum, followed by Laval’s 5-3 loss to Belleville a few hours later.

Since missing the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, Toronto has registered seven straight 40-win seasons and is bidding for its fifth North Division title. The Marlies reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2012 and were conference finalists in 2014 and 2016.

The AHL’s 2017-18 regular season ends Sunday, Apr. 15; for more information and daily updates on the Calder Cup Playoff races, check out the official AHL Playoff Primer.