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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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