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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Monsters; Walleye beat Fort Wayne; Pope posts 5 points for UNO

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In the AHL, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist apiece, Filip Hronek and Dominic Turgeon scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 18 of 20 shots in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2 victory over Lake Erie. The Griffins' website posted a recap:


Cleveland Monsters 2 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4

Jan. 12, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The AHL’s hottest team since the holidays roasted yet another opponent on Friday, as the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Cleveland Monsters by a 4-2 count at Van Andel Arena to improve to a league-best 9-1-0-1 since Dec. 22.

The Griffins dominated the shots on goal category to the tune of 32-20, with Jared Coreau’s 18 saves making light work of Cleveland. The netminder has six wins in his last seven starts and has guided Grand Rapids to at least a point in eight of his last nine outings.

Now 19-16-1-4 following their third straight win, the Griffins sank the Monsters deeper into the AHL’s cellar at 10-19-3-3, but there can be no resting on laurels. The last two Calder Cup champions will stage a rematch in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Coming off consecutive wins at league-leading Manitoba earlier this week, Grand Rapids avoided a letdown by scoring 5:49 into the opening period, when Ben Street put the Griffins ahead. Speeding up the left side, he took a pass from Robbie Russo, crossed the Cleveland blue line and launched a shot that immediately changed direction off the stick blade of Blake Siebenaler and sailed past the catching glove of Matiss Kivlenieks.

Longtime Grand Rapids nemesis Alex Broadhurst evened up the score 5:08 later, pouncing on a loose puck in the high slot and firing through three Griffins to find the corner above Coreau’s blocker.

The home squad reclaimed the lead on a power play goal with 1:58 remaining in the frame, thanks to a smart play by two-time AHL All-Star Matt Lorito. From below the right goal line, he threaded a pass through the slot and into the left circle to Filip Hronek, who slammed a shot inside the near post before Kivlenieks could get across.

Dominic Turgeon pushed the Griffins’ advantage to 3-1 at the 3:06 mark of the second. He split a pair of Monsters as he cut from the high slot to the bottom of the left circle, then lifted a sharp-angle shot that found a sliver of daylight between Kivlenieks’ shoulder and the iron for his ninth goal of the campaign.

Kivlenieks, who finished with 28 saves, was replaced by an extra attacker with four minutes remaining in the game, enabling Eric Tangradi to connect on a shot into the vacated cage from in front of the Monsters’ bench at 18:33. Gabriel Carlsson snuck a shot past Coreau from the right circle with 34 seconds left for the final margin.

Cleveland was sent down to defeat for the fifth straight game (0-4-0-1), the ninth time in 10 games (1-8-0-1) and 18th time in 21 games (3-15-1-2).

Notes: Defenseman Brian Lashoff appeared in his 366th regular season contest as a Griffin, moving past Mitch Callahan into sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time games played list. Only Travis Richards has logged more games in a Grand Rapids uniform, with 655…The Griffins are 3-0 versus Cleveland this season.

Three Stars: 1. GR Coreau (W, 18 saves); 2. GR Hronek (power play goal); 3. GR Turgeon (game-winning goal)

The Griffins' website also posted a photo gallery, an interview clip and a highlight clip:


The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner also penned a recap and checked in with Jared Coreau:

Coreau, who's mediocre start mirrored that of the Griffins, came into the game with a 1.97 GAA and .934 save percentage his previous eight games.

"Just staying more calm; a little bit more intensity from everyone and everyone's just doing what they need to do in order to win," Coreau said.

The fourth-year pro has been sharp since a 6-3 loss at home to Chicago on Dec. 15. At that point he had a 3.06 GAA and .897 save percentage.

In nine games since, Coreau has allowed no more than three goals as the Griffins (19-16-1-4) have points in 10 of 11 to climb back into the Central Division race.

"Six goals are going to happen and there's still going to be those games. I hate to admit it but it's going to happen," Coreau said. "...Those games happen and you just have to flush it away."

Coreau had to adapt this season. At the end of training camp, the Red Wings put him on waivers, he wasn't claimed and his hopes of reaching the NHL went back on hold as he rejoined the Griffins.

Asked to assess his first half, Coreau called it "average."

Wallner continues...


In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye, bolstered by the additions of Zach Nastasiuk and Luke Esposito, won 3-1 over the Fort Wayne Komets. Esposito scored a goal, as did Shane Berschbach and Connor Crisp, and Pat Nagle stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Walleye win. The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:

Walleye cool Komets in goaltending duel

(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Komets 3-1 on Friday night in Toledo. Pat Nagle stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 17-3-2 on the season. The Walleye are 22-10-2-1 on the season and 13-4-0 at home.

Connor Crisp gave the Walleye a 1-0 lead at 16:46 of the first period.

Shane Berschbach gave the Walleye a 2-0 lead with a power play goal at 7:59 of the third period. Luke Esposito scored an empty net goal to make it a 3-0 Walleye lead at 16:25 of the third. The Komets scored to make it a 3-1 game at 18:46 of the third.

Fish Tales:

  • The Walleye are home Saturday night for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Mavericks and Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against the Cyclones.
  • Nagle stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 17-3-2 on the season.
  • Tyler Barnes leads the Walleye with eight points vs. the Komets this season.



In the KHL, on Thursday, Alexander Kadeikin had 1 shot in 11:43 played in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 1-0 loss to SKA St. Petersburg;

In the SHL, on Thursday, Christoffer Ehn scored a goal on 3 shots and won 55% of his faceoffs in 13:19 played as his Frolunda Indians won 5-3 over HV71;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Gustav Lindstrom scored a goal in Almtuna IS's 5-3 loss to Troja;

Mattias Elfstrom didn't play in Vasterviks IK's 3-2 loss to Oskarshamn;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak played 23:47 and finished at +2 in the Lahti Pelicans' 5-4 OT victory over Ilves;

In the Swiss NLA, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 6-5 OT loss to Geneve-Servette;

In the OHL, on Thursday, Givani Smith scored a goal and finished at +2 in his Kitchener Rangers debut, with Kitchener winning 5-1 over London;

Cole Fraser finished at -1 with 2 shots and Zach Gallant had an assist, finishing at -1 with 2 shots and a 12-for-21 faceoff record in the Peterborough Petes' 4-2 win over Guelph;

On Friday, Jordan Sambrook finished at +3 in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' 5-2 win over Owen Sound;

Kaden Fulcher stopped 29 of 30 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs' 5-1 win over London;

In the WHL, Dennis Cholowski finished at +1 with 3 shots in his Portland Winterhawks debut. Portland won 5-1 over the Tri-City Americans;

Lane Zablocki got 5-10-and-a-game for checking from behind in his Victoria Royals debut. Victoria won 6-5 over Kamloops;

In the USHL, Filip Larsson didn't play in the Tri-City Storm's 3-1 win over Des Moines;

In NCAA hockey, Keith Petruzzelli served as the back-up in the Quinnipiac Bobcats' 4-3 loss to Dartmouth;

Chase Perry served as the back-up in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers' 2-1 win over St. Lawrence;

Jack Adams had 1 shot and finished at -4 in the Union College Dutchmen's 4-1 loss to Clarkson;

Kasper Kotkansalo took 2 shots and finished at -1 in the Boston University Terriers' 3-2 win over New Hampshire;

Patrick Holway had 6 shots and finished at -1 and Chase Pearson had an assist, 6 shots and a 13-for-24 faceoff record as the University of Maine Black Bears lost 5-3 to Northeastern;

And David Pope scored a goal and had 4 assists, finishing with 4 shots and a +2 in the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks' 11-7 win over Miami of Ohio.

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WingedRider's avatar

David Pope, seems to be catching my attention. 204 6’3’ , some good numbers and plays on the same team as Teemu Pulkinnen (sophomore) at Omaha.  Quite a coincidence

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 01/13/18 at 02:39 PM ET


Do you guys think Pope will get a chance with us? In reality, 3 of the 4 NCAA seasons he’s played, he’s been great. His freshman year as somewhat of an unknown, he had 14 points. Slid a little his sophomore season but played excellent last year and elite this year. I think he could be a great player and might not even need AHL time. What do you guys think?

Really all of our NCAA prospects have played excellent besides chase Perry (has a crap team in front of him) Petruzzelli hasn’t been given a chance to be honest.

Chase Pearson looks great and he’s a captain of Maine. Next year is likely his last in college. Patrick Holway as a sophomore dman is about a point per game. Which is pretty insane.

I believe the wings will look totally different next year

Posted by timjohn12 on 01/13/18 at 03:05 PM ET

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