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Marlies beat Griffins 4-3 in SO to win AHL outdoor game in Detroit

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 8:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

DETROIT - Spencer Abbott and Greg McKegg scored shootout goals to lift the Toronto Marlies to a 4-3 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday in an AHL outdoor game in front of 20,337 at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

Abbott had two assists during regulation, and McKegg had one. They were the only players to score in the shootout.

The game is part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival. preceding the NHL's Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day.

Of the seven previous AHL outdoor games, five have gone to overtime.

Luke Glendening, who was playing in his fourth career outdoor game, scored twice for the Griffins.

Carter Ashton had a goal and an assist for the Marlies.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery