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  • December 17, 2017 4:47 AM GMT

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Toronto Marlies were not going down without a fight. The Marlies staved off post-season elimination Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 5 of the American Hockey League Western Conference semifinals to send the series back to Toronto. The Griffins still lead the series 3-2, but Toronto will host Game 6 on Tuesday, and if necessary, Game 7 on Wednesday. "I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men that we have in our room," Toronto coach Dallas Eakins said. "We have a group that made a long run last year and have been through a lot of adversity with our lineup this year. I knew they would not go quietly into the dark night, and I knew they would fight back. Thats what you saw tonight." After a scoreless first period, the Marlies scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the second period. Will Actons shot from the top deflected twice toward the goal, with Spencer Abbott knocking the second one in past Grand Rapids goaltender Petr Mrazek. Toronto added another goal five minutes later when Abbott and Acton converted a 2-on-1 break in front of the Griffins net. Abbott delivered a touch pass to Acton, who deposited a shot into the right corner to give the Marlies a 2-0 lead. "We played well, and we knew coming out we had to be desperate," said Abbott, who finished with a goal and two assists. "We got the job done tonight, and our goaltender played awesome. Without him in the net, it wouldve been a totally different game." Eakins said he changed lines after Fridays Game 4 loss, and put Abbott, Acton and Jerry DAmigo together on the same line. "I flipped the lines around to give us what I thought was three strong lines, and that was one of them," he said. "They were excellent tonight, and we thought they would were a good threesome and it certainly paid off here tonight" Grand Rapids had a pair of 5-on-3 advantages in the second, but Torontos penalty kill turned away each chance. "Absolutely huge," Eakins said. "Those came at a key point in the game, and I thought that was the turning point in the game." The Marlies increased their lead to 3-0 less than three minutes into the third period on a power play goal from Morgan Rielly. Luke Glendening scored Grand Rapids lone goal four minutes later, but Toronto put the game out of reach on Mike Zigomanis power-play goal with seven minutes remaining in regulation. "Its always nice when your power play can chip in," Eakins said. "A lot of times you can feed off the success or the downfall of it, and when you score, its a good feeling. And I liked how we reacted after they scored to make it 3-1." Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 32 saves, while Mrazek stopped 20 shots for the Griffins. MacIntyre said the main objective of Game 5 was to extend the series. "We havent been happy with ourselves and the hole weve dug, but we played a full game tonight," he said. "Coming into tonight, all we wanted was a chance to go home and see what we can do." Womens Ravens Jerseys . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. Elite Ravens Jerseys . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. . Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. 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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bob Huggins joined some elite company.No. 12 West Virginia used a 37-4 first half run to cruise to a 112-67 victory over UMKC, Huggins800th career win.Huggins is the 10th head coach to reach 800 NCAA wins, doing so at his alma mater.?Huggins is the second college basketball coach to achieve the 800-win milestone this week as former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino did it this week as Keiser of the NAIA defeated Trinity Baptist 77-47 on Wednesday.Boeheim along with former WVU player and Golden State Warriors executive board member Jerry West, Kentucky head coach John Calipari, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and countless former Cincinnati and WVU players were among those to send their congratulations in a postgame ceremony.It was kind of neat seeing all of those former players and all the people who were more a part of it (800 wins) than I am because I didnt score a goal in any of the 800, Huggins said.Huggins was presented with a jersey with the number 800 printed on it by West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons following the game.Thank you Shane, but I dont think I couldve fit into this even when I played, HHuggins said.dddddddddddd.Among Huggins 800 wins are two Final Four appearances (1992 with Cincinnati and 2010 with West Virginia), four Elite Eight appearances, seven Sweet 16 appearances and 10 conference championships.Eight-hundred wins. How do you pick one? Huggins answered when asked for his favorite win. I cant do it. I like beating Cal (John Calipari) but thats way more than one.Nathan Adrian led seven players in double figures for the Mountaineers (9-1) with 13 points. Daxter Miles Jr. and Esa Ahmad had 12 points each. Elijah Macon led West Virginia with seven rebounds and Jevon Carter had six assists.He has a lot of pride in this state and a lot of pride for the game of basketball so you really cant hide that, Adrian said when asked of Huggins emotions after the game.The win was the highest scoring output for the Mountaineers this season.LaVell Boyd led the Kangaroos (7-6) with 14 points.The 45-point defeat is the worst for UMKC this season beating their 43-point defeat at Kansas earlier this month. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '