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Charlotte powers past Griffins

Four power-play goals propels Checkers in Grand Rapids

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 11:51 PM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Charlotte powers past Griffins

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four goals on the power play and a fifth while shorthanded enabled the Charlotte Checkers to claw out of a three-goal hole and claim a 6-4 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

The Checkers’ four power play goals were the most allowed by the Griffins since Nov. 27, 2010, when Grand Rapids earned a 10-8 win at Chicago despite the Wolves’ 5-for-7 performance with the advantage.

The Griffins (1-3-0-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was four minutes old and built a 4-1 advantage just over one minute into the second period. Tomas Tatar stickhandled into the slot and went top-shelf on Justin Peters only 33 seconds into the game, and Louis-Marc Aubry battled for position at the top of the crease during a delayed penalty to tip home Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the point exactly three minutes later.

Grand Rapids-born Drayson Bowman answered on the power play for Charlotte at 9:03, beating Tom McCollum, but Nyquist rounded out the period’s scoring with his third point at 10:15, dangling in the slot before unleashing a shot that bounced off and through Peters.

Francis Pare pushed the Griffins’ lead to three at the 1:04 mark of the second period, scoring from the right circle off a Jeff Hoggan feed to end Peters’ night in favor of former NHL netminder Dan Ellis.

A controversial boarding major to Trevor Parkes, who hit Marc-Andre Gragnani from behind along the right boards, gave the Checkers a five-minute power play at 6:50. After Landon Ferraro and Riley Sheahan had unsuccessful shorthanded scoring chances, a slashing call to Chad Billins with 2:08 left in Parkes’ penalty presented the visitors the 5-on-3 opportunity they used to begin crawling back into the game.

Jerome Samson scored during the 5-on-3 at 10:13, before 5-on-4 tallies by Justin Faulk at 10:45 and Zach Boychuk at 11:26 gave Charlotte three power play goals in a 1:13 span and knotted the game at four goals apiece.

The South Division-leading Checkers (4-1-0-1) took a 5-4 lead on a shorthanded goal at 9:28 of the third. Following a turnover, Chris Terry moved in and took a shot from the top of the left circle that changed direction off a sliding defender and found the top right corner of McCollum’s net. Terry added an empty-netter off another turnover with 1:03 remaining for the final margin.

Ellis earned the win by stopping all 15 shots he faced. McCollum denied 25 of 30 in the loss, while Peters (5 of 9) escaped with a no-decision.

Grand Rapids will try to capture its first home win of the season on Saturday when the Rockford IceHogs pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena.

GAME NOTES: The Griffins fell to 0-5 all time against the Checkers, including 0-3 at Van Andel Arena…Grand Rapids failed in all five power play attempts while the Checkers converted four of their eight tries…The game was televised regionally on Fox Sports Detroit.

THREE STARS: 1. CHA Gragnani (four assists); 2. CHA Faulk (goal, two assists); 3. GR Nyquist (goal, two assists)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89