Marlies, IceCaps post shutouts: AHL roundup
Rynnas, Dekranich deny opposition
Jussi Rynnas made 31 saves to lead the Toronto Marlies to a 5-0 shutout victory over the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins in American Hockey League action on Sunday.
Keith Aucoin scored twice and Nazem Kadri, Nicolas Deschamps and Ryan Hamilton also tallied as the Marlies (15-9-1) won their second straight and sixth of their past seven games.
Aucoin's first goal of the game was his 800th AHL point, which ranks 11th all-time, while Kadri and Hamilton chipped in an assist apiece for two-point nights. Toronto defenceman Paul Ranger collected two helpers in front of an announced crowd of 5,767 at Ricoh Coliseum.
Rynnas hasn't played often this season, but he has been on his game when he's been in Toronto's net. The 24-year-old native of Pori, Finland, is 4-0-1 with three shutouts in five appearances and has a 1.55 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Rynnas hadn't started since Nov. 13 due to a pulled groin muscle.
The Griffins lost their second consecutive game to fall to 13-9-2. Tom McCollum made 21 saves in a losing effort.
The game was tied 0-0 after the first period before the Marlies broke it open and took a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
IceCaps 4, Bruins 0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mark Dekanich made 40 saves Sunday as the St. John's IceCaps blanked the Providence Bruins 4-0.
Spencer Machacek, Aaron Gagnon, Jason Gregoire and Paul Postma had the goals for St. John's (13-14-1).
Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots in taking the loss for the Bruins (14-9-2).
Gagnon opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the first, and Postma added a power-play goal at 18:26 as St. John's led 2-0 after one.
Machacek stretched the lead to 3-0 on another power play at 13:02 of the second before Gregoire rounded out the scoring at 13:14 of the third.
Admirals 4, Bulldogs 3
MILWAUKEE — Mark Van Guilder scored and Taylor Beck added two assists as the Milwaukee Admirals slipped past the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 on Sunday in American Hockey League action.
Victor Bartley and Kevin Henderson also scored for Milwaukee (12-11-3), while Jeremy Smith stopped 28 shots for the win.
Antoine Corbin, Gabriel Dumont and Jarred Tinordi replied for Hamilton (10-12-2). Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves for the Bulldogs.
The Admirals opened the scoring at 5:57 of the opening frame on a goal by Beck. He shot from behind the goal-line and bounced the puck off the back off Desjardins back and into the net.
Milwaukee made it 2-0 on a goal by Henderson at 5:46 of the second. Chris Mueller entered the offensive zone and tried a shot which was blocked and the puck bounced out to the slot where Henderson put the rebound past Desjardins.
The Bulldogs cut the lead in half on Corbin's first professional goal at 16:44 of the second period.