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Prospect news: Griffins lose in shootout; Walleye win, plus an NCAA-Europe-Major Junior round-up

Of prospect-related note over the course of Saturday and Sunday nights:

In the AHL, on Saturday, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Rockford IceHogs. Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist and Dominic Turgeon scored a goal, and Tom McCollum stopped 36 of 38 shots, but the IceHogs went 1-for-3 in the shootout, and that was enough to prevail over the Griffins.

Grand Rapids' website posted a recap:


GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 2 at Rockford IceHogs 3

Nov. 18, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Grand Rapids Griffins scored two goals in the second period to take the lead, but the Rockford IceHogs battled back to tie the game. Eventually the home team would win in a shootout, 3-2, at BMO Harris Bank Center.

The Griffins (8-8-0-2) concluded their 11-day, five-game road trip on Saturday night, but the IceHogs (9-7-0-0) made sure that it wasn’t a happy ending for the defending Calder Cup champions. Grand Rapids heads back home to take on the Manitoba Moose from Van Andel Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

The IceHogs got on the board first when Andreas Martinsen scored his first goal of the season with 3:27 left in the first period. Robin Norell took the initial shot from the high slot, but it took a fortuitous bounce off of the post to a waiting Martinsen who knocked it home for the 1-0 lead.

Eric Tangradi tied the game in the second period with his sixth goal of the year at the 1:52 mark. Rockford turned the puck over in the neutral zone when it was picked up by the left winger. He sent one towards the net from the slot, but it was blocked by a defenseman. The puck ricocheted back to Tangradi and he slapped it into the net from the left circle.

Two and a half minutes later the Griffins took the lead as Dominic Turgeon tallied his sixth goal. The second-year pro glided into the Rockford zone and skated right through the slot and towards the net. He let off a backhanded shot that sailed over IceHog goaltender Jeff Glass’ glove into the top shelf of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Nearly four minutes later the IceHogs tied the game when Matthew Highmore added his sixth goal of the young campaign. Vinnie Hinostroza originally shot the puck from the blue line, but it was blocked. Highmore was the player that stopped it. However, he let the puck drop in front of him, spun around, and let off a quick shot that caught Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum off guard.

Only two shots were produced in the overtime frame, so there weren’t many opportunities to win the game. Both chances were had by Rockford, but McCollum stood firm in the crease.

In the shootout, Hinostroza scored the pivotal goal that would decide the game. The center tallied the goal in the first round of the shootout, and the IceHogs never looked back. Matt Lorito, Matt Puempel, and Tyler Bertuzzi came up short in the shootout as Rockford defeated Grand Rapids 3-2.

Notes: Grand Rapids has now killed 36 of their last 37 penalties…Eric Tangradi now has three goals in three games against Rockford…

Three Stars: 1. RFD Highmore (goal); 2. RFD Glass (W, 32 saves); 3. GR Tangradi (goal, assist)

The Griffins' website also posted a photo gallery and a SendToNews highlight clip; the IceHogs' website posted a recap and photo gallery.

In the ECHL, on Saturday, the Toledo Walleye won 3-2 over the Cincinnati Cyclones. Patrick McCarron, Christian Hilbrich and Zach Nastasiuk scored goals for Toledo, and Pat Nagle stopped 16 of 18 shots. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

Big first period helps Walleye defeat Cyclones

Sold out crowd watches Walleye defeat Cincinnati 3-2. Toledo is now 11-2-2 on the season and 5-0-0 at home.

The Walleye opened the scoring at 7:29 of the first with a goal by Patrick McCarron. The Cyclones tied the game 1-1 at 10:11 of the first. Toledo regained the lead 2-1 when Christian Hilbrich scored on the power play at 13:54 of the first. The Walleye extended their lead when Zach Nastasiuk scored at 14:34 to make it a 3-1 game.

Cincinnati pulled within a goal at 10:47 of the second period to make it a 3-2 game.

Fish Tales:

  •     The Walleye travel to Cincinnati Wednesday for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop and to Fort Wayne Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. They return home for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop on Friday against Worcester.
  •     Nagle stopped 16 of 18 shots and is now 9-0-2 on the season.
  •     Toledo is 9-0-1 in their past ten games.
  •     Toledo had a sold out crowd tonight, good for their fifth sellout of the year!

The Walleye's website also posted a highlight clip:

Elsewhere, in the SHL, on Saturday, Christoffer Ehn had an assist in 15:27 of ice time as his Frolunda Indians won 3-2 over Orebro;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, on Saturday, Gustav Lindstrom didn't have a point in Almtuna IS's 6-4 win over BIK Karlskoga;

On Sunday, Mattias Elfstrom played on the 2nd line as Vasterviks IK lost 5-1 to AIK;

In the Finnish Liiga, on Saturday, Julius Vahatalo took 12 penalty minutes and won 57% of his faceoffs in 10:07 played for Jukurit, which lost 3-2 to Assat;

Libor Sulak didn't play in the Lahti Pelicans' 6-1 loss to KooKoo;

In the Swiss NLA league, on Sunday, Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 22 of 23 shots as HC Davos won 3-1 over Zurich;

In the OHL, on Saturday, Kaden Fulcher missed the game and Reilly Webb didn't register a point in the Hamilton Bulldogs' 5-2 win over Ottawa;

Brady Gilmour had 3 assists but finished at -1 in the Saginaw Spirit's 5-3 win over Owen Sound;

Jordan Sambrook scored a goal, finishing at +3 with 2 shots in the Erie Otters' 5-2 win over Flint;

On Sunday, Sambrook had 2 shots in the Erie Otters' 3-1 loss to Saginaw, whose Brady Gilmour had 4 shots and went 9-for-15 on faceoffs.

Givani Smith had 1 shot in the Guelph Storm's 4-3 OT loss to Sarnia;

Zach Gallant had 1 shot, going 13-for-22 on faceoffs, and Cole Fraser did not play in the Peterborough Petes' 4-1 loss to Kitchener;

In the WHL, on Saturday, Lane Zablocki had 1 shot in the Red Deer Rebels' 3-1 loss to Kootenay;

Dennis Cholowski had 4 shots in the Prince George Cougars' 4-3 win over Edmonton;

Michael Rasmussen went -2, going 1-for-3 on faceoffs as his Tri-City Americans lost 7-3 to Victoria;

In the USHL, Filip Larsson served as the back-up in the Tri-City Storm's 4-1 loss to Des Moines;

And in NCAA hockey, on Saturday, Keith Petruzzelli served as the back-up in the Quinniapac Bobcats' 3-0 win over Yale;

Kasper Kotkansalo took 1 shot and finished at +4 as his Boston University Terriers won 7-0 over the University of Maine Black Bears. Patrick Holway finished at -3 with 5 shots and Chase Pearson finished at -2, going 12-for-22 on faceoffs and taking 12 minutes in penalties;

Chase Perry served as the back-up in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers' 1-0 loss to Notre Dame;

David Pope had 2 assists, finishing at -1 with 6 shots in the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks' 5-2 loss to Western Michigan;

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WingedRider's avatar

Michael Rasmussen went -2, going 1-for-3 on faceoffs as his Tri-City Americans lost 7-3 to Victoria;

Some good and interesting stats!  Rasmussen is a center and took took only 3 faceoffs.  Odd but it appears some TOI were cut as Tri City got soundly beaten.

He was a tough player to assess in the Russia/WHL series.  Seemed to be invisible then all of a sudden he is in on a scoring play. But he was part of the Cream of the crop WHL, all players, were drafted and most signed. I hope when he makes the jump, fans will understand a very big player’s style… No huge AA’s that I have seen. He will be fine, still a young beast!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/20/17 at 02:09 PM ET


were those WHL/Russian series televised nationally? or cached somewhere?

Posted by conventioalwisdom on 11/21/17 at 01:25 PM ET


the one thing i liked about Ras in his pre-season games was his hard on the puck, ability around the goal.  Very Mantha like.

Posted by conventioalwisdom on 11/21/17 at 01:26 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I am in Canada so I got to see all 6 on Sportsnet here.  The Russians were improved over previous years. Some players on the Russian team were playing this year on the WHL, OHL, QJHL….All teams are allowed to imports on their regular teams. A lot more Russians are coming over early to play North American Hockey at 17/18 years old.  Hopefully the Wings can take one or more in the Next draft.

Ras is quite different than Mantha with his personality. Never loses composer, certainly not a fighter. Sort of a Z like.  Will be interesting in the NHL if he stands up for himself.

He played Left Wing in the 2 games he played in.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/21/17 at 01:45 PM ET

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