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With Game Three Loss, Marlies Fall Behind in Series to Griffins

Carter Ashton collects three points in loss to Grand Rapids.

Toronto Marlies
May 15, 2013

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TORONTO MARLIES (4) -AT- GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS (5)

The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Toronto Marlies by a score of 5-4 tonight at Van Andel Arena. The Griffins now hold a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semi-Final.

Grand Rapids jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the six-minute mark of the opening frame, on goals from Adam Almquist and Jeff Hoggan. In his first game of the post-season, captain Ryan Hamilton would cut the lead in half before the end of period. The middle frame would see both teams score once at even strength and once on the powerplay, allowing the Griffins to take a one goal lead into the third period. Jan Mursak would make it 5-3 for Grand Rapids early in the period before Carter Ashton responded for Toronto just over four minutes later. Despite generating late scoring opportunities, the Marlies were unable to tie the game.

Game four of the Western Conference Semi-Final will be played on Friday, May 17 at Van Andel Arena. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Games six and seven, if necessary, will be played at Ricoh Coliseum on May 21 and May 22. Toronto Marlies playoff tickets can be purchased by calling the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK (7825).

Toronto Goal Scorers: Ryan Hamilton, Spencer Abbott, Greg McKegg, Carter Ashton
Grand Rapids Goal Scorers: Adam Almquist, Jeff Hoggan, Tomas Tatar, Francis Pare, Jan Mursak (GWG)

Game Notes
  • Grand Rapids outshot Toronto 32-20
  • Petr Mrazek earned the victory while Drew MacIntyre took the loss
  • Toronto went 1-for-4 on the powerplay and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill

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