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Prospect news: Griffins lose to Cleveland; Walleye rout Kansas City; Pope posts 2 more assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a rough go on Saturday, surrendering 2 3rd-period goals as Joonas Korpisalo held the Griffins off the scoreboard for 59:40, only surrendering a very late goal to Matt Puemepel en route to a 2-1 Cleveland Monsters win. Tom McCollum stopped 23 of 25 shots for Grand Rapids, who engaged in a first-period fight (Dylan McIlrath) and just didn't do very much after the scrap.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:


Cleveland Monsters 2 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 1

Jan. 13, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Joonas Korpisalo registered 35 saves while headlining an NHL cavalry that spurred the Cleveland Monsters to a 2-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.

Cleveland (11-19-3-3), whose last-place lineup was bolstered today by the returns of Korpisalo, defenseman Dean Kukan and forwards Zac Dalpe and Tyler Motte from the Columbus Blue Jackets, received significant contributions from all four players to snap a five-game losing streak and post just its second win in its last 11 games (2-8-0-1).

The Griffins (19-17-1-4), meanwhile, suffered just their second loss in their last 12 outings (9-2-0-1). They’ll look to resume their winning ways on Wednesday when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.

The Monsters dodged a bullet during a Griffins power play with just over four minutes remaining in the scoreless first period. After making a save on Matt Lorito, Korpisalo dove desperately to his right to deny a rebound chance by Matt Puempel. Ben Street immediately had another whack at the puck in the slot but his shot rang off the right post, a fact that was confirmed by video review during a stoppage two minutes later.

Cleveland benefited from another stellar save by its NHL backstop midway through the second. After Street led an odd-man rush into the Monsters’ zone, Korpisalo lunged to his left to deny Street’s try at finishing a give-and-go with Corey Elkins.

While Korpisalo was busy racking up 26 saves through 40 minutes, due in large part to the Griffins’ 4-to-0 advantage in power play chances to that point, Tom McCollum proved just as impenetrable on the other end, totaling 15 stops.

The scoreboard was finally lit 1:01 into the third when Cameron Gaunce took a feed from Dalpe and solved McCollum with a snap shot from the right hashmarks, giving Cleveland a lead over Grand Rapids for the first time in a span of 198:48 minutes played in the season series.

The Monsters doubled their margin with a power play goal at the 4:25 mark, as Motte stood in front of McCollum to tip home Carter Camper’s shot from the top of the right circle. Kukan also earned an assist on the play.

Grand Rapids ended Korpisalo’s shutout bid with just 20 seconds remaining after McCollum had departed for an extra attacker. Korpisalo mishandled Filip Hronek’s chest-high dump-in from center ice, enabling Puempel to swoop in and jam the loose puck through the goalie’s legs. The Griffins then called timeout in an attempt to draw up the game-tying play, but the Monsters held on for their first victory in four tries against Grand Rapids this season.

McCollum, who had won his last two starts, finished with 23 saves.

Three Stars: 1. CLE Korpisalo (W, 35 saves); 2. CLE Gaunce (goal); 3. GR McCollum (L, 23 saves)

The Griffins' website also posted a photo gallery, a highlight clip (whose highlight is Dylan McIlrath's fight) and an interview clip:




In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye got 2 goals and an assist from Christian Hillbrich, 2 goals from Connor Crisp, assists from Zach Nastasiuk and Dylan Sadowy and a 21-of-22-saves performance from Matej Machovsky as the Walleye won 6-1 over the Kansas City Mavericks.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

Walleye stay hot at home with win over Mavericks

(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Mavericks 6-1 on Saturday night in Toledo in front of a sold out crowd. Matej Machovsky stopped 21 of 22 shots to improve to 6-6-0-1 on the season. The Walleye are 23-10-2-1 on the season and 14-4-0 at home.

Connor Crisp scored at 8:33 of the first period to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead. Kansas City tied the game 1-1 at 15:04 of the first with a power play goal. Christian Hilbrich gave the Walleye a 2-1 lead at 13:13 of the first. Erik Bradford scored at 15:22 of the first.

Hilbrich scored his second of the game on the power play just 52 seconds into the second period to give the Walleye a 4-1 lead.

Crisp scored his second of the game just 1:04 into the third period to give the Walleye a 5-1 lead. Kevin Gibson made it a 6-1 Walleye lead at 10:19 of the third.

Fish Tales:

  • The Walleye are home Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against the Cyclones.
  • Machovsky stopped 21 of 22 shots to improve to 6-6-0-1 on the season.
  • Mike Borkowski has assists in his past three games.
  • Connor Crisp has three goals in his past two games.
  • Kevin Gibson scored his first goal of the season tonight.
  • Tonight's crowd of 8,000 marked our 13th sell-out of the season.
  • Tonight was the sixth time in the past twelve games that Toledo has scored at least 5 goals.

The Walleye also posted a highlight clip...

Coach Dan Watson's post-game interview...

And Christian Hillbrich's post-game comments:



Elsewhere, in the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak played 24:18 in the Lahti Pelicans' 4-1 loss to JYP;

Julius Vahatalo won 50% of his faceoffs in 7:45 of ice time as Jukurit won 3-0 over Ilves;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn had a shot on goal, won 44% of his faceoffs and played 13:46 in the Frolunda Indians' 4-1 loss to Brynas;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Malte Setkov played as the 7th defenseman in IK Pantern's 2-0 win over MODO;

Alfons Malmstrom scored a goal in HV71 Jonkoping's 7-3 loss to the Vaxjo Lakers;

In the Swiss NLA, Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 2 of 6 shots and got pulled as HC Davos lost 6-2 to EHC Kloten;

In the OHL, Kaden Fulcher stopped 17 of 20 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs' 4-3 win over Flint;

Cole Fraser finished at +1 with 2 shots and Zach Gallant scored a goal, finishing at +1 with 1 shot, a 16-for-24 faceoff record and a fighting major in the Peterborough Petes' 6-2 win over Ottawa;

Givani Smith scored a goal on 3 shots, finishing at +1 in the Kitchener Rangers' 5-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Brady Gilmour finished with an assist and 2 shots, as well as an 8-for-15 faceoff record, for Saginaw;

Jordan Sambrook had 2 assists and a +3 in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' 7-4 win over Mississauga;

In the WHL, Dennis Cholowski had an assist and 2 shots, finishing at +1 in the Portland Winterhawks' 5-4 win over Seattle;

Michael Rasmussen's Tri-City Americans lost 5-2 to the Prince George Cougars;

And Lane Zablocki didn't play in the Victoria Royals' 5-4 win over Kamloops;

In the USHL, Filip Larsson didn't play in the Tri-City Storm's 2-1 OT loss to Des Moines;

In NCAA hockey, Keith Petruzzelli got a rare start for the Quinnipiac Bobcats, stopping 29 of 31 shots in Quinnipiac's 2-2 tie with Harvard;

Kasper Kotkansalo finished even in the Boston University Terriers' 2-2 tie with Providence;

Chase Pearson served as the back-up in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers' 3-0 loss to Clarkson;

Chase Pearson had an assist, a shot and went 15-for-29 on faceoffs, and Patrick Holway finished at -1 in the University of Maine Black Bears' 5-3 loss to Northeastern;

Jack Adams didn't play in the Union College Dutchmen's 5-4 win over St. Lawrence;

And David Pope had two assists and 2 shots as the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks' won 4-3 over Miami of Ohio. Pope has 29 points (13 goals and 16 assists) in 21 games for UNO this season.

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Nastasiuk and Sadowy getting an assist in the ECHL. Nice drafting and trading right there! Maybe one day they can make it to the AHL?

Posted by fatsavage on 01/14/18 at 10:06 AM ET

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