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Prospect news: Griffins win OT decision over Moose

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins built up a 2-0 lead, surrendered it over the course of 36 late-third-period seconds, and Filip Hronek scored the game-winner as the Griffins took a 3-2 OT decision from the Manitoba Moose.

Evgeny Svechnikov had 2 assists in the win, Matthew Ford scored the Griffins' other goal and Tom McCollum stopped 33 shots for Grand Rapids.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:


GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 3 at Manitoba Moose 2 OT

Jan. 8, 2018

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Grand Rapids Griffins were in firm control of the game on Monday night until the last three minutes. Manitoba, the team with the best record in the AHL, scored two goals in 36 seconds to force overtime at Bell MTS Place. With 1:39 left in the extra period, Filip Hronek clinched the 3-2 victory for the defending Calder Cup champions with a slap shot.

With the win, the Griffins are back above .500 (17-16-1-4) and have been victorious in seven of its last 10 games. They will face off against the same Manitoba (25-6-3-2) team on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST.

Matthew Ford put Grand Rapids on the board just 1:59 into the game. Evgeny Svechnikov collected the puck behind the net and made a pass to Ford near the crease. His initial shot was stopped by Moose goaltender, Michael Hutchinson, but the rebound sailed into the slot for Axel Holmstrom to take a whack at it. The Swede’s shot hit the post and caromed to a waiting Ford who tapped it into the net for the 1-0 lead.

With exactly five minutes to go in the opening frame, the Griffins added on to their lead with a goal from Eric Tangradi. A slow, cross-ice pass between two Manitoba defensemen was intercepted by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native who skated past three defenders for the breakaway. His backhand shot flew over Hutchinson’s left blocker to make it 2-0.

No goals were tallied in the second period, but each team had nine shots on net. Matt Lorito had the team’s best chance with six minutes left in the stanza after a turnover led him to skate untouched into the slot and let off a hard wrist shot that nearly took Hutchinson by surprise. On the opposite end, Darren Kramer found an open Jimmy Lodge crashing the net who let off a shot that nearly went into the net. The puck sat a foot away from the goal line before Brian Lashoff cleared it out of the zone.

Cameron Schilling prevented Manitoba’s clean sheet with a shot from the left point. Tucker Poolman sent the puck from the right boards to the left boards through three defenders. The long pass set up the snap shot that glided into the net to cut the deficit to one with 2:37 left in regulation.

Just 36 seconds later the game was tied by Nic Petan with his eighth goal of the season. Petan initially brought the puck into the zone before handing it off to Patrice Cormier. The center took a shot near the right boards that found the tip of Petan’s stick to tie the game with 2:01 remaining.

In the extra session the Griffins didn’t allow a single scoring opportunity for the Moose. Then with 1:39 left, Svechnikov skated into the Manitoba zone and dropped the puck off for Hronek who let off a slap shot that won the game for Grand Rapids.

Tom McCollum turned aside 33 of Manitoba’s 35 shots while Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 of Grand Rapids’ 33 chances.

Notes: Both teams combined to go 0-for-6 on the power play…Evgeny Svechnikov was the only player to record a multi-point game.

Three Stars: 1. MB Petan (goal); 2. GR McCollum (W, 33 saves); 3. MB Appleton (assist)

The Griffins also posted a photo gallery and non-embeddable highlight clip; the Moose's website posted a recap, a photo gallery and a YouTube highlight clip:

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Some will still think Svech is garbage and that the Wings should have drafted differently but it sure is nice to see him posting some more points.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/09/18 at 10:26 AM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/09/18 at 10:26 AM ET

Looks like someone is “bouncing back.” Like Nyquist, Ericsson, Kronwall, Abby, and Glenny smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/09/18 at 10:32 AM ET


Looks like someone is “bouncing back.” Like Nyquist, Ericsson, Kronwall, Abby, and Glenny smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/09/18 at 10:32 AM ET

Yeah, Kronwall has bounced back from looking like the worst d-man in the NHL to now looking like a capable #6 d-man, on a team full of 4-5-6 d-men. This is exciting!

Abby has been given more ice-time than last season and has bounced back from a 7 goal season to being on pace for 14 goals. Although that assumes he improves upon his 3 points in the last 17 games, while going minus 7. Yeah, what a comeback Abby! I especially liked seeing Larkin and Tatar fighting while you did nothing.

And while you highlight some guys like Nyquist, Ericsson, Glendening that are having better seasons. You forgot Larkin and Howard who should top that list. What you fail to see is the point many of us were making. Nobody claimed guys couldn’t bounce back. Happens every year on every team. But in order for this team to get back in the mix…Kenny was relying on literally a dozen guys bouncing back AND nobody else regressing. That’s what your missing. The chances of that were ZERO. So kudos that a few guys have improved. Care to mention the guys that have regressed or stagnated?

Helm - on pace for just 8 goals, minus player
Dekeyser - same as last year…brutal
Jensen - belongs in the AHL
Ouellet - belongs in the AHL
Tatar - on pace for just 36 points, looks lost
Zetterberg - off his miraculous pace from last year
Nielsen - on pace for 30 points, and a minus player
Mrazek - never plays

So for every guy bouncing back we have 2 that have regressed or stagnated. Just as many of us tried to explain.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/09/18 at 10:46 AM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/09/18 at 10:26 AM ET

Well we can draft his younger who is projected to be better in this years draft. Probably go higher or KH will trade down.  Heard he likes going down, in the draft of course

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 01/09/18 at 07:42 PM ET

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Heard he likes going down, in the draft of course

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 01/09/18 at 07:42 PM ET

You sly devil….i see what you did there

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/09/18 at 08:55 PM ET

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