Silverthorn earns second straight shutout as Stars blank Marlies 3-0

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Two games, two shutouts.

Silverthorn made 24 saves for his second consecutive whitewash as the visiting Stars blanked the Toronto Marlies 3-0 in American Hockey League action on Saturday night.

"The guys played unbelievable in front of me," said Silverthorn, who was called up from the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads on Friday. "Our defencemen were cutting off passes, blocking shots - they were just unbelievable in front of me."

Forwards Dave Hacker, Junior Lessard and defenceman Mario Scalzo scored for the Stars - all in the second period - in front of 3,886 fans at Ricoh Coliseum.

Iowa improved to 21-16-1 with its second consecutive victory; putting them at 13-8-1 on the road.

The Marlies, meanwhile, fell to 15-19-5 with the loss. Toronto is winless in its past eight games at home (0-7-1) and hasn't won at Ricoh Coliseum since Nov. 29.

For Silverthorn, a native of Owen Sound, Ont., it was his second AHL start - and victory - in two days.

The 25-year-old netminder, who spent four years at Colgate University before joining Idaho last season, stopped 32 shots in shutting out Hamilton 2-0 on Friday night in his AHL debut.

With Dallas Stars backup Mike Smith going down with an injury, Iowa's NHL parent team recalled Tobias Stephan, opening the door for Silverthorn to be recalled from the ECHL.

"Anything can happen," he said. "You've got to be focused every night."

While the Marlies didn't challenge Silverthorn with many scoring opportunities, he robbed Marlies forwards Kevin Baker and Jeff Corey in middle stages of the third period.

"It's nice and it's weird," said Silverthorn of starting his AHL career with a pair of shutouts. "It really doesn't matter, the main thing is that the team wins."

Toronto netminder Justin Pogge, making his first start at home since representing Canada at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland over the holidays, stopped 22 of 25 shots.

The game was tied 0-0 after the first period and Iowa led 3-0 through 40 minutes.

After a scoreless opening period, Hacker deflected Mark Fistric's slapshot from the blue-line past Pogge at 7:52 of the middle frame.

Lessard made it 2-0 when he wired a shot from the left faceoff circle that went through Pogge at 15:17. And, with Marlies defenceman Brad Brown in the penalty box for roughing, Scalzo's slapshot from the point made it 3-0 at 19:39.

Iowa was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Marlies kick off a seven-game road trip when they visit the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights on Wednesday and the Peoria Rivermen on Friday.

Notes: The Marlies were without several regular forwards due to injuries and NHL recalls. Ben Ondrus, Kris Newbury, Boyd Devereuaux and Erik Westrum are up with the Maple Leafs, while Brad Leeb and Jeremy Williams remain sidelined ... The Marlies set a team record with six road wins in December, improving to 11-6-2 away from Ricoh Coliseum this season. After last night's loss, meanwhile, Toronto is 4-13-3 at home this year.