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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins lose to Admirals; Super Series near; prayers for Kurt Etchegary

The Grand Rapids Griffins faced an old nemesis in the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, and they earned what's become a typical result against Milwaukee--a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate, which is essentially the Griffins' version of facing kryptonite.

The Griffins' website provides a recap of the festivities, noting that the Griffins' record to this point has been what its parent club had hoped for and then some...

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ seven-game winning streak was broken with a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The game marked the first regulation loss of the last 15 road games for the Griffins, dating back to the playoffs, and their first this season. The Griffins fell to 9-3-1-1, with two of their three regulation losses coming at the hands of the Admirals.

9-and-5 is significantly better than 9-5-and-5...

Despite the loss, the Griffins’ 20 points keeps them in first place in the Midwest Division with the Admirals right behind them in second place (7-2-2-1, 17 pts.).

With the action accumulating early in the game in the Grand Rapids zone, Admirals rookie Colton Sissons fired a quick wrist shot toward the net, which was blocked by Tom McCollum. However, a slow whistle allowed the puck to trickle through McCollum’s pads and into the net, giving the Admirals a one-goal cushion 1:15 into the first frame.

The Admirals dominated the majority of the first period, and they held a 13-3 shot advantage until Milwaukee’s Mikka Salomaki was called for holding at 14:55, giving the Griffins their first stab at the power play. Though Grand Rapids was unable to capitalize on its one-man advantage, the Griffins lessened the shot disadvantage to 7-13.

In the second period, the Griffins continued to put the pressure on the Admirals’ net. They outshot the home team 15-3 in the period, and their relentless offense finally paid off with a tally by Mitch Callahan with 1:29 remaining in the frame.

The Griffins rushed the Admirals zone with a four-on-two advantage, and Callahan passed the puck to Andrej Nestrasil in the left circle. Nestrasil fed the puck toward Magnus Hellberg’s crease, and it found its way through a mess of skates to the stick of Callahan, who knotted the game 1-1.

After a period of back-and-forth play, Mark Van Guilder tallied the winning goal for the Admirals at 15:22 of the final frame. Kevin Henderson took a shot from the left circle, but the puck was knocked down into the slot where Van Guilder got his stick on it to put away the rebound.

McCollum stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss, and Hellberg turned away 28 of 29 shots.

The Griffins return home for their third meeting this season with the Rockford IceHogs at 7 p.m. on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

The Griffins' website posted a photo gallery, and Admirals' website posted a recap, they've got their own version of a photo gallery going, and they posted a highlight clip...

And I generally suggest that you read the other team's take on your own, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Dave Boehler notes that the Admirals are quite good at being a nemesis:

It's still very early, but so far, Milwaukee has Grand Rapids' number. The Admiral halted the Griffins' seven-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and have given the reigning Calder Cup Champions two of their three losses in regulation.

Mark Van Guilder's goal with 4 minutes 38 seconds left was the difference as Milwaukee handed Grand Rapids its first loss in regulation in its last 15 road games dating back to last season's playoffs.

"Grand Rapids is a real good team," Milwaukee coach Dean Evason said. "They've got so much speed and skill. We thought the guys did a great job through the neutral zone. We limited their speed. We didn't give them the odd-man rushes they're used to. When we can play tight like that, we should be in a good spot most nights."


Milwaukee, coming off a one-point, three-game weekend, won its fourth in a row at the Bradley Center by taking 16 of its 32 shots in the final period.

The winning goal was set up on a shot by Kevin Henderson from the left circle. The puck bounced off goalie Tom McCollum and slid to the slot. Van Guilder was standing in front of the crease and had to beat Alexey Marchenko to the puck. He did, immediately turned and scored to give McCollum his first loss in seven starts.

"I was just trying to catch (Marchenko) off-guard," Van Guilder said. "I don't know if that defenseman knew I was that close to him. And then I just tried to get it on net as quick as possible, before the goalie kind of knew what was going on. So I just got it, spun, and tried to zip it as quick as I could."




Elsewhere, Rasmus Bodin didn't play in Linkopings HC's J20 SuperElit team's 3-2 loss to Sodertalje SK...




The QMJHL wants to remind us that their team of stars, including Val-d'Or Foreurs superstar Anthony Mantha, will play a Russian world junior championship-ish team of prospects in the first two games of the Subway Super Series next Monday, November 18th (in Gatineau, Quebec) and on Wednesday, November 20th (in Sherbrooke), with both games airing on Sportsnet in Canada.

The Super Series will continue with the OHL's team battling the Russians on Thursday, November 21st, with Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk representing the OHL that evening (in Oshawa, Ontario), and Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Patesron will probably split netminding duties for the OHL when they tangle with the Russians on Monday the 21st ( n Sudbury).

The Wings have no representatives on the CHL team representing the Western Hockey League, but the CHL's three teams will play a total of six games against the Russians, and the WHL games take place on November 27th and 28th (in Red Deer and Lethbridge, Alberta, respectively).

All the games will air on some arm of Sportsnet's network in Canada, but as of yet, I don't believe they'll air in the U.S.




The ECHL's Toledo Walleye will play a road game on Friday in Fort Wayne, and then Martin Frk, Trevor Parkes, Jared Coreau and Max Nicastro will head back to Toledo for a Sunday afternoon game against Reading, at which the Walleye will honor veterans;




And this is scary, per Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager:

When Kurt Etchegary was passed over in the NHL draft last summer, it seemed odd but not wholly outside of plausible hockey reasons. The two-way centre with the Quebec Remparts, whom some rankings saw as a fourth or fifth-round pick, had been injured for nearly half of last season.

Now it has come to light that Ethegary, who turned 19 this week, has a a pericardial effusion around his heart and will need surgery on Thursday. What's noteworthy is the condition — an abnormal accumulation of fluid near the heart — was discovered before the draft. Subsequent treatments have failed to correct the issue, which has led to the decision to operate. It sounds like an issue that can be resolved with proper care, although when one hears about a heart-related problem and a QMJHL player in the wake of Jordan Boyd in August, it is a little scary.

Etchegary was born with a microcystic lymphangioma in his face. In a cruel twist of fate, it has been theorized that it has thwarted treatments for the effusion.

Here is Remparts athletic therapist Steve Bélanger, via Carl Tardif:

    "As it comes from the heart, it can be alarming because there is a potential danger. When there is too much liquid, there is less space and the heart can get carried away ... we'll see day to day how his body will react. We do not want to say if it will be in a month or two, it is important first to solve the problem." (Le Soleil)

Etchegary attended a Detroit Red Wings development camp last summer after posting nine goals and 25 points over 31 games in his injury-shortened season. He had started well this fall with five goals and nine points in 13 games for Quebec. Remparts coach-GM Philippe Boucher says the St. John's, N.L., native's "health is more important than whether he can help us." Here's hoping there is happy ending.

Send prayers his way, folks.

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