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The Daily: Red Wings Invested in Walleye Run; Augustine Wins



John Lethemon, Red Wings prospect

The Toledo Walleye, using Red Wings-sponsored goalies, are down 1-0 in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series to the Kansas City Mavericks.

Toledo’s 22-game winning streak ended Friday night when the Mavericks won Game 1 by 3-2 verdict in Toledo. Former Michigan State goalie John Lethemon, who is on a Red Wings’ two-way contract, was in net. He stopped 19 of 22 shots.

Game 2 is tonight in Toledo (7:15 p.m.). If the Walleye continue to rotate goalies, the Walleye goalie tonight will be 2020 Red Wings draft pick Jan Bednar. He’s on a Grand Rapids Griffins contract.

Each goalie has won four playoff games for the Walleye. Lethemon owns a 2.13 goals-against average and Bednar is at 2.20.


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Goalie Trey Augustine’s 20-save 4-1 triumph for Team USA over Poland puts him among the goalie leaders at the World Championships. Augustine, who has dressed for all five USA games, has posted a 1.37 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in his three appearances. That ranks fourth among all goalies at the World Championships in Czechia.

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