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Oct 27, 2006, 11:05 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (CP) - Highly touted Marlies goalie Justin Pogge entered Friday's game against the Grand Rapids Griffins with a 3.53 goals-against average and a 0.868 save percentage, but he left with better numbers and an impressive first professional win.

Pogge made 49 saves to lead Toronto to a 4-0 win over the Griffins in American Hockey League action.

The 49 saves were the most ever for an opposing goalie in a shutout of the Griffins, eclipsing the 40-save effort of Josh Harding in a 1-0 Houston win on Nov. 6, 2004.

A wide-open first period was scoreless thanks to Pogge, last year's CHL player of the year, who made 16 stops to help deny three Griffins power plays, and Grand Rapids' Stefan Liv, who thwarted a breakaway by sniper Erik Westrum for one of his 10 saves during the frame.

The Marlies (4-4-1-0) received their first power play early in the second period and needed only 15 seconds to capitalize.

From the corner, Boyd Devereaux sent a pass into the right circle to Jeremy Williams, who beat Liv with a slap shot at the 4:07 mark.

Toronto extended its lead with a short-handed goal during a 2-on-1 break at 11:20, as Brett Engelhardt popped the rebound of Jeff Corey's shot into a gaping net.

Just 1:29 later, Kris Newbury chased Liv in favour of Jimmy Howard with a shot from beyond the blue-line.

Howard stopped the seven shots he faced.

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