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Griffins earn point in shootout loss

Hamilton goalie stopped all five Grand Rapids shooters

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 12:08 AM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Griffins earn point in shootout loss

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins rallied twice in regulation and fought through a 37-20 deficit in shots to earn a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.

After making 33 saves in the game, Tom McCollum denied three of four Hamilton attempts in the shootout, but all five Griffins shooters turned up empty against Robert Mayer, who backstopped the Bulldogs to a win in their season opener.

Grand Rapids (0-1-0-1) will play its first road contest of the season on Friday, Oct. 19 against the Rochester Americans at 7:05 p.m.

Hamilton scored twice in the final three minutes of an otherwise tight opening period. Blake Geoffrion slipped a backhand past McCollum while falling to the ice in the slot at the 17:09 mark, before Aaron Palushaj’s deflection on the doorstep with just 6.6 seconds remaining gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs had a great chance to extend their lead thanks to a four-minute power play to start the second period, but the Griffins instead got on the board with their second shorthanded goal in as many nights. Landon Ferraro, who took the honors with an unassisted tally against Milwaukee on Friday, fed a pass into the right circle to Trevor Parkes, who whipped a shot behind Mayer at the 46-second mark for the first shorthanded goal of his career.

Francis Pare, who didn’t notch his first goal for Grand Rapids until the 13th game last season, exhibited an early-season scoring touch at 5:24. A point-blank try by Brendan Smith was stopped by Mayer, but Pare knocked in the rebound at the left post to knot the score at 2-2.

Hamilton used a goal from its fourth line to pull back on top at 4:53 of the third, as Gabriel Dumont’s shot from along the goal line managed to elude McCollum. Once again, though, the Griffins clawed back to forge a tie, with captain Jeff Hoggan beating Mayer on a backhand from the slot at 9:39, off the rebound of Nathan Paetsch’s blast from the left point during a power play.

The game progressed to overtime, where each netminder made four saves to send it to the shootout. McCollum surrendered a goal to rookie Michael Bourinval in round three, while Nyquist, Smith, Tomas Tatar, Pare and Joakim Andersson were denied in succession at the other end.

The Griffins’ special teams were solid for the second straight night, turning back all six Hamilton power plays and converting one of their three opportunities. Grand Rapids’ penalty kill is now 12-for-13 on the season, while its power play is 2-for-7.

Note: Making his pro debut in the ECHL tonight, Detroit Red Wings draft pick and Griffins prospect Petr Mrazek stopped 33 of 34 shots and earned First Star honors in the Toledo Walleye’s 4-1 home win over the Kalamazoo Wings.

Three Stars: 1. GR Hoggan (PPG, assist); 2. GR McCollum (SOL, 33 saves); 3. GR Parkes (SHG)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89