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Down on the Farm: Griffins Blanked by Peoria

December 15th, 2012 at 1:00 PM
By Frank Vajcner

For 51 minutes, the goaltenders for the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Peoria Rivermen kept the game scoreless.

Unfortunately for the Griffins, they would come out on the wrong end of a shutout by Peoria's Jake Allen in a 3-0 loss to the Rivermen Friday night.

Allen stopped all 33 shots by the Griffins, handing them their first shutout loss of the year. It was also the second time he shutout the Griffins, dating back to a 30-save 2-0 win in Grand Rapids January 1, 2011.

The last time the Griffins were held to a donut on the scoreboard was a 2-0 loss to Toronto on March 16.

Peoria got on the board at 10:59 in the third period when Petr Mrazek initially denied a shot by Derek Nesbitt, but the rebound bounced off of Adam Cracknell and into the net.

The Rivermen added another goal at 13:27 after Tyler Shattock beat Mrazek on a rebound.

Mrazek was pulled for an extra attacker with three minutes left, but Peoria's Jaden Schwartz put the game out of reach by scoring an empty netter at 18:11.

The Griffins had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 1:21, but could not put a shot past Allen.

Mrazek finished with 29 saves on 31 shots.

The Griffins will be back in action Sunday afternoon in Toronto for a game against the Marlies. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.


Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hockey, NHL, Petr Mrazek

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