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MacIntyre makes 41 saves, Marlies complete season sweep of Griffins with 4-1 win

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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MacIntyre makes 41 saves, Marlies complete season sweep of Griffins with 4-1 win

TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies defeated the struggling Grand Rapids Griffins 4-1 on Friday to sweep their four-game season series.

The win moves Toronto (28-15-4) two points back of the second-place Griffins (29-15-4) in the AHL's Western Conference.

T.J. Brennan, Josh Leivo, Brandon Kozun and Jerry D'Amigo scored for the Marlies, who won for the third time in four games.

Landon Ferraro replied for Grand Rapids, which has just one win in the last five games.

Toronto's Drew MacIntyre made 41 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season.

Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Griffins

Brennan opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the season on the power play at 1:17 of the second period, beating Mrazek with a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

The Marlies added to their lead at 4:01 of the period when Leivo stepped out of the corner and beat Mrazek from the slot for his 10th.

Ferraro pulled the Griffins to within one as he one-timed a Jeff Hoggan pass past MacIntyre at 8:20 of the second period

Kozun restored Toronto's two-goal lead at 12:05 of the third period, beating Mrazek stick-side for his 13th of the season.

D'Amigo added an empty netter for his 10th of the season with 1:09 remaining.

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