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Down on the Farm: Griffins Held to Goose Egg in Toronto

December 17th, 2012 at 7:06 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Paging the Grand Rapids Griffins offense. Where did you go?

That is probably what many Griffins fans and head coach Jeff Blashill were left wondering after the Griffins were held to donut on the scoreboard for the second consecutive game as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Toronto Marlies.

The last time the Griffins were shutout in back to back games was in November 2010, when they lost 3-0 to Lake Erie and 5-0 to Houston.

The first period was a goaltending duel between Toronto's Jussi Rynnas and Grand Rapids' Tom McCollum. Rynnas stopped 11 shots alone in the first period, including one 17 seconds in when Tomas Tatar fed the puck to Gustav Nyquist on a breakaway. McCollum made nine saves in the first.

Toronto's Keith Aucoin opened the scoring 20 seconds into the second off of a give and go from Ryan Hamilton. It was the 800th career AHL point for Aucoin.

Nazem Kadri added a power play goal at 6:59 after rebounding a miss by Mike Kostka. Aucoin added his second of the game on another power play when he tipped a shot by Paul Ranger past McCollum at 19:57 to make it 3-0.

The Marlies added another goal at 7:44 in the third after Nicolas Deschamps buried a rebound. They would seal the victory at 8:16 with a goal from Hamilton.

Despite 15 shots on goal in the third period, the Griffins had no answer for Rynnas, who stopped all 31 shots.

McCollum finished with 21 saves.

The Griffins return home to start a seven game homestand Wednesday against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, NHL, Tom McCollum, Tomas Tatar

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