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Griffins victorious in final tune-up

Three-goal third seals win over Monsters

Sunday, 10.7.2012 / 11:22 PM ET / Recap
By Kyle Kujawa  - Griffins Public Relations Manager
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Griffins victorious in final tune-up
The three goal outburst in the third period helps the Griffins defeat the Monsters in Ann Arbor on Sunday night. (Photo by John VanderHaagen/Michael Corn)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins completed their preseason schedule on Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters at the University of Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena, avenging Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Monsters in Toledo.

The Griffins secured the win by scoring three times in the third period, with Jordan Pearce claiming the victory behind 27 saves.

A scoreless opening period was marked by periodic rough play from both sides. Seven minutes in, Lake Erie’s Patrick Bordeleau slammed Trevor Parkes into the boards from behind, sparking a scrum that eventually saw Gleason Fournier join Bordeleau in the penalty box.

Later in the period, after Triston Grant sent the Monsters’ Mitchell Heard flying with a hard check inside the Grand Rapids line, Grant quickly took down Ben Wilson in a fight in front of the Griffins’ bench.

Grand Rapids’ Chad Billins scored the game’s first goal and gave the Griffins their first lead of the preseason during a power play at 7:57 of the second, collecting an errant clearing pass in the high slot and whipping a shot past Calvin Pickard for an unassisted tally.

The Griffins nearly made it 2-0 with 4:40 left in the frame. During a flurry around the Monsters’ net, goalie Kent Patterson lost track of a loose puck that sat tantalizingly behind him in the crease, but Karl Stollery pulled down Louis-Marc Aubry before he could get his stick on it. It proved to be a wise move by the Lake Erie defenseman, as the Griffins did not capitalize on the ensuing power play.

After beginning the second period with two minutes of power play time, the Griffins started the third with a 1:21 advantage, but again they couldn’t put it to use. That failure proved costly at the 2:25 mark, when a crashing Tyson Barrie put a juicy rebound past Pearce from the slot to make it 1-1. That marked the Monsters’ first goal in a span of 90:33 over two nights, after Lake Erie had scored three goals in 10:47 early in Saturday’s contest.

Parkes, though, put Grand Rapids ahead 2-1 by scoring on all fours from just outside the paint, as he redirected Fournier’s centering pass from the left side at 10:20. At 15:12, Willie Coetzee sniped a shot into the top corner from the right circle that was confirmed as a goal after a short officials’ huddle.

Lake Erie’s Paul Carey slammed home a rebound to make it 3-2 with 1:28 left, but with the Griffins shorthanded and the Monsters’ net empty in the final minute, Brendan Smith’s shot went the length of the ice and across the goal line with five seconds left for the final margin.

The Griffins, who completed their first preseason slate since 2005 with a 1-1 record, will open their 17th regular season this weekend at Van Andel Arena, hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tom McCollum, Brian Lashoff, Jeff Hoggan and Brennan Evans were the Griffins’ scratches…The game marked a Yost homecoming for Griffins forward Luke Glendening, whose four-year career at Michigan concluded last season with his second season in the captain’s “C”…A night after the Griffins were the home team in a game played in the Monsters’ home state, Grand Rapids was the visiting team at Yost.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80