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Prospect news: Griffins ‘pick six’ vs. San Antonio; Walleye beat Wichita; European prospects score

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Matt Lorito scored 2 goals, Connor Allen had 3 assists and Eddie Pasquale pitched an 18-save shutout as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Antonio Rampage 6-0. The Griffins' website posted a recap:


San Antonio Rampage 0 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – With one-third of their regular season schedule remaining, the Grand Rapids Griffins are on pace for 50 wins and 105 points, the latest of each coming courtesy of a 6-0 trampling of the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.

Eddie Pasquale made 18 saves to post his third shutout of the season and Matt Lorito lit the lamp twice to spearhead a Griffins attack that saw 13 players notch points. Grand Rapids out-shot San Antonio by a 2-to-1 margin en route to claiming its fourth consecutive win and sending the Rampage to their seventh straight loss.

The Central Division-leading Griffins (34-14-1-2) swept their weekend series against the Pacific Division’s cellar-dwellers by a cumulative 11-1 score, on the heels of a 7-5 home win against Manitoba on Wednesday. Grand Rapids’ 18 goals are its most over a three-game span since Dec. 18-26, 2015, which also marked the last time the Griffins scored five or more goals in each of three consecutive outings.

Lorito scored the lone goal of the opening period at the 15:51 mark. Mitch Callahan’s shot from atop the right circle was stopped by Spencer Martin, but the netminder lost sight of the rebound and Lorito swooped in to knock it home.

The Griffins doubled their lead 2:19 into the second when Tyler Bertuzzi took a feed from Tomas Nosek and sped toward the net before slipping a backhand through Martin’s five-hole.

A pair of goals late in the frame blew the game open, putting the Griffins up by four entering the final period. Ben Street slashed across the goal mouth to redirect Matt Caito’s wrister at 15:36, and Lorito notched his second on a similar play off a Matthew Ford shot at 17:53.

Grand Rapids’ power play struck for the first time at 2:21 of the third, with Eric Tangradi putting a bow on his seven-point week by scoring from the left circle, giving him four goals and three assists since Wednesday.

Caito followed up his first AHL point – the assist on Street’s goal – by scoring his first goal during a power play with 3:48 left, as the Griffins finished 2-for-4 with the man-advantage.

Martin made 30 saves for the Rampage, who fell to 21-27-4-1.

Notes: Conor Allen posted the first three-assist game of his career and the second three-point night, duplicating his feat from Nov. 19, 2014 (Hartford vs. Syracuse)…The Griffins earned the last of their three 50-win campaigns in 2005-06 (55) and the most recent of their five 100-point seasons in 2014-15 (100).

Three Stars: 1. GR Pasquale (W, 18 saves, SO); 2. GR Lorito (two goals); 3. GR Allen (three assists)

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



In the ECHL, Tyson and Tylor Spink scored goals, Mike Borkowski had a goal and an assist and Jake Paterson stopped 17 shots en route to the Toledo Walleye's 3-2 win over the Wichita Thunder. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

Walleye bolt past the Thunder

(Wichita, KS) The 25th goal of the year from Tyson Spink propelled the Walleye to a 3-2 win Saturday night in Wichita. Toledo has an overall record of 35-12-2-1 and is 20-7-1-0 on the road.

Toledo fell behind Wichita as the Thunder struck at 6:12 of the first period on a rebound goal from Louick Marcotte. Toledo tied the game with 2:51 left in the period when Mike Borkowski sent a goalmouth pass to Tylor Spink who tipped it in for his 19th goal of the season.

Mike Borkowski had a pair of assists in Toledo’s 4-1 win Friday night and he would add his first Walleye goal at 14:46 of the second period to give Toledo its first lead of the night at 2-1. Toledo controlled most of the play in the second period with a 14-4 shot advantage.

The Thunder struck with an early third period goal to even the game at two goals apiece. Tyson Spink (25th) went backhand top shelf at 7:05 to regain the lead. After that point, Toledo shut the Thunder to collect the win.

Walleye Notes: Goaltender Jake Paterson stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the game and has a record of 24-9-1-1 on the season. Toledo out shot Wichita 35-19 for the game. Toledo has a record this year of 6-0-1 when both Tylor and Tyson Spink both score in a game.


Elsewhere, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom took a shot and won 75% of his faceoffs, finishing at -1 in 11:54 played as Skelleftea AIK won 3-2 over Djurgardens IF;

Christoffer Ehn scored a goal on 2 shots, winning 57% of his faceoffs and finishing at -1 in 13:24 played as his Frolunda Indians lost 4-2 to Lulea;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo finished at -1, winning 4 of 5 faceoffs in 8:23 in TPS Turku's 2-1 loss to HPK;

In the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom scored a goal in Orebro HK's 7-4 loss to Frolunda;

Mattias Elfstrom scored 2 goals, including the OT winner, as the Malmo Redhawks won 5-4 in OT over Vaxjo;

Filip Larsson stopped 22 of 23 shots as Djurgardens IF won 7-1 over Karlskrona;

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored a goal, won a faceoff and played 11:16 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 5-3 loss to Amur Khabarovsk;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 4-3 loss to ZSC Zurich;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh took 5 shots in the Charlottetown Islanders' 5-1 win over Halifax;

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook had an assist and 5 shots in the Erie Otters' 3-0 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. Vili Saarijarvi took 4 shots and finished at -1 for Mississauga;

Filip Hronek had a goal and an assist, finishing at +4 on 7 shots as his Saginaw Spirit lost 5-4 to the Kitchener Rangers;

Givani Smith had an assist on 2 shots, finishing at -1 in the Guelph Storm's 3-1 loss to Windsor;

In NCAA hockey, James de Haas had a shot and finished at +1 in the Clarkson Golden Knights' 3-3 tie with Cornell;

Chase Perry stopped 30 of 36 shots in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineeers' 7-3 loss to Quinnipiac;

Patrick Holway had a shot and Chase Pearson had a shot and finished at +1 in the University of Maine Black Bears' 4-4 tie with Merrimack;

And Mike McKee had an assist and finished at +2 in the Western Michigan University Broncos' 3-2 win over North Dakota.

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Who are these GR players??  Sure playing great with Coreau, AA, Mantha, Jensen, Sproul, etc with the Wings

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/19/17 at 01:03 AM ET

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