Third time a charm?

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Jeremy Williams will be feeling a little more pressure than usual tonight when the Maple Leafs host the New York Islanders at the ACC.

Sure, the Regina native will experience the normal angst of being called up to the big team from the minors. The Leafs yesterday summoned Williams, along with defenceman Jaime Sifers, from the Marlies to replace the injured Niklas Hagman and Luke Schenn.

But there will be a little more pressure on Williams than usual in his first callup game of the season.

He was called up by the Leafs for one game during the 2005-06 season, and he managed to score. The same thing happened the next season -- one game, one goal. And then last season, when he was called up by the Leafs, he scored again in his first game with the big club.

"It kind of just happened," Williams said yesterday of the streak. "All I can do is go out there (tonight) and play as hard as I can. But it would be very nice to keep the streak going on call-up (games).

"I've realized fairly quick though, that just because you score doesn't mean you're going to stay," he added. "I have to do everything out there that completes my game and work hard."

Williams has 14 points (11 goals) in 19 games with the Marlies this season. Sifers, 25, has six points in 19 games with in the AHL and was called up last week prior to the Leafs' three-game, Western Conference swing in Los Angeles, San Jose and Phoenix. He didn't see any game action though and was returned to the Marlies for their game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday before being called back up.

"Definitely not," Sifers said when asked if he was disappointed about not being able to play last week. "I prepared myself for every game like I was going to play. It was a great learning experience."

Williams played with Leafs defenceman Ian White for three seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League from 2001-04.

White, a native of Steinbach, Man., was a first- and second-team all-star during his stay in Swift Current while Williams made the Canadian Major junior all-star team in 2004. He scored 52 goals in 68 games during the 2003-04 season.


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