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Justin Pogge's 49 saves lift Toronto Marlies to 4-0 win over Grand Rapids

Pogge made 49 saves to lead Toronto to a 4-0 win over the Griffins in American Hockey League action.

The 49 saves were the most ever for an opposing goalie in a shutout of the Griffins, eclipsing the 40-save effort of Josh Harding in a 1-0 Houston win on Nov. 6, 2004.

A wide-open first period was scoreless thanks to Pogge, last year's CHL player of the year, who made 16 stops to help deny three Griffins power plays, and Grand Rapids' Stefan Liv, who thwarted a breakaway by sniper Erik Westrum for one of his 10 saves during the frame.

The Marlies (4-4-1-0) received their first power play early in the second period and needed only 15 seconds to capitalize.

From the corner, Boyd Devereaux sent a pass into the right circle to Jeremy Williams, who beat Liv with a slap shot at the 4:07 mark.

Toronto extended its lead with a short-handed goal during a 2-on-1 break at 11:20, as Brett Engelhardt popped the rebound of Jeff Corey's shot into a gaping net.

Just 1:29 later, Kris Newbury chased Liv in favour of Jimmy Howard with a shot from beyond the blue-line.

Howard stopped the seven shots he faced.

The Griffins could not dent Pogge despite launching 19 shots in the second period and another 14 in the third.

Eric Himelfarb had the last best chance for Grand Rapids, ringing a shot off the left post with 3:15 left.

Newbury added a 70-foot short-handed goal into an empty net with 1:44 remaining for the final margin.

The Griffins (3-3-1-1), who failed on eight power-play chances, saw their home-ice record fall to 1-3-0-1.



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