Rynnas stops 31 shots, Marlies shut out Griffins 5-0
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The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:58PM EST
TORONTO - 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.