AHL: Griffins downed in first two regular season games


(EDITOR’S NOTE: while the NHL lockout continues, Red Wings 101 will provide game recaps of the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins)

The Grand Rapids Griffins opened their season with a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Friday Night.  The Griffins held a 2-0 lead in the second period, but Milwaukee would score three unanswered goals with Patrick Cehlin’s second goal proving to be the game winner.Joakim Andersson scored off a rebound at 9:49 on a power play in the first period after Tomas Tatar was initially denied by Milwaukee netminder Jeremy Smith.

Landon Ferraro added a shorthanded goal at 15:31 of the second to make the score 2-0. Griffins’ netminder Jordan Pearce would finish with 23 saves as the Admirals outshot the Griffins 26-21.

On Saturday, the Griffins lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Despite trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Griffins fought back to tie in the second. Trevor Parkes scored a shorthanded goal after a pass from Ferraro only 46 seconds into the second. Francis Pare tied the game at two by knocking a rebound past Hamilton goalie Robert Mayer.

Hamilton would get a goal from Gabriel Dumont to retake the lead, but Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan would answer by firing a backhander past Mayer at 9:39 in the third.

After a scoreless overtime, a shootout followed. The Bulldogs would score the only goal as Michael Bournival would beat Griffins’ goalie Thomas McCollum. Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Tatar, Pare, and Andersson were all denied by Mayer.

McCollum would finish with 33 saves. The Griffins were outshot 36-20.

NOTES: Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek made his pro debut playing for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, and made 33 saves in a 4-1 victory over Kalamazoo.

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