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Watch Video: Cossa Keeps Personal Streak Intact in Griffins Loss



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Three hours after Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman said he was pleased with how Sebastian Cossa is developing, the 6-foot-6 goalie gave his boss more reasons to be impressed.

Cossa stopped 25 of 26 shots, one of them particularly impressive in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The performance extended his points streak to 11 consecutive games (7-0-4).

“He’s getting much stronger as the year’s gone on,” Yzerman said during his post-draft press conference. “He’s playing much more games. He’s trending in the right direction. He’s playing a bigger role, maybe gotten more games than he did early in the season and he’s earned them.”

Cossa, 21, has given up two or fewer goals in seven of his 11 starts during the streak. He owns a 2.59 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

“He’s progressing nicely,” Yzerman said. “Wins and losses for goalies, the team wins and loses. He’s really been solid in goal. Still a lot of work to do, but he’s trending in the right direction.”

The Griffins’ 18-game points streak ended earlier this week against the Cleveland Monsters, but the 2-1 shootout loss did extend the team’s home streak to 14 games (9-0-3-1 since Jan. 13). It is their longest home streak since a 15-game run from Nov. 11, 2015-Jan. 17, 2016 (14-0-1-0).

Former Red Wings player Taro Hirose netted the Griffins’ lone goal in the contest. Forward Matt Luff drew an assist on the goal to extend his points streak to three games (2-2–4). The Griffins, in second place in the AHL’s Central Division, play at Milwaukee tonight.