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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins split first two games; Janmark, Mantha roar along

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects were very busy over the past 30-some hours, but I was a little less productive, so here's a catchy-uppy post:

The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-3 OT loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night, experiencing something of a let-down after engaging in an 8-1 romp over the Rochester Americans on Friday. Let's go with the most recent game first, as recapped by the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:

A total of eight penalties and a hat trick by Toronto Marlies defenseman T.J. Brennan proved to be too big of obstacles for the Grand Rapids Griffins to overcome on Saturday afternoon when they were defeated 4-3 in overtime.

Brennan opened the scoring in the first period with a quick snap of the wrist at 5:25, yielding the first professional goal against Griffins rookie goaltender Jared Coreau.

Despite a distinct 7-0 shot disadvantage in the first half of the period, the Griffins turned the tables on the Marlies with a goal by Tomas Jurco at 14:10. Gustav Nyquist delivered the puck to Jurco from the corner and he easily found an opening between the post and Toronto netminder Drew MacIntyre, tying the game at 1-1.

Shortly after at 15:59, Riley Sheahan walked into the crease and slammed the puck home off of a feed from Luke Glendening to secure a 2-1 lead. The Griffins maintained a firm grip on the rest of the period, outshooting the Marlies 14-4 in the second half of the first.

The momentum shifted in the direction of Toronto during the second period when the Griffins offered up five consecutive power play opportunities.

Grand Rapids nearly fended off an Adam Almquist holding penalty that came at 9:47, but Glendening sent a rogue puck out of play near the end of the penalty kill which resulted in a delay of game call at 11:36. Staving off Toronto’s short two-man advantage, the Griffins couldn’t hold back Brennan for the remainder of the power play as he buried the puck past Coreau at 12:29.

Brennan refused to be extinguished, rifling yet another shot beyond the reaches of Coreau at 16:17 while the Griffins were at full strength. The goal marked Brennan’s third of the game and notched him a hat trick, much to the joy of Toronto’s season-opening crowd. Brennan’s hat trick was the first allowed by Grand Rapids since Dec. 28, 2011 when Hugh Jessiman tallied the game-winning goal in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Lake Erie Monsters. The Marlies led in scoring 3-2 at the close of the second period.

The Griffins returned to the ice seemingly rejuvenated in the third period, indicated mainly by Mitch Callahan’s tying goal at 4:53. Jurco broke into the Toronto zone with possession and as the Marlies defense clogged his path, he made a pass behind his back to Callahan who deposited the puck into the wide open net.

At 13:39, the Griffins were granted a huge opportunity to secure the lead when Andrew MacWilliam was called for a five-minute boarding major after a mutual team tussle near the Grand Rapids net. They were unable to capitalize on the biggest opportunity of the game, however, and the game headed into overtime knotted at three each.

In the extra minutes, Nathan Paetsch was called for a delay of game just six seconds in and Brennan Evans closed his hand around the puck at 2:20. The penalties proved to be lethal for the Griffins when Marlies captain Trevor Smith sealed the deal with a violent one-timer at 2:59.

Former Griffin MacIntyre earned the victory for Toronto behind 27 saves, while Coreau managed to stop 22 shots in his debut with the Griffins. Grand Rapids ends its opening weekend on the road with a 1-0-1-0 record.

The Griffins also posted a Flickr photo gallery, and you can check out the box score here.

The Marlies' website posted both a recap and a 4-minute highlight clip...

And the Canadian Press's recap is truncated:

The Toronto Marlies won their season opener, as captain Trevor Smith scored 2:59 into overtime, and defenceman T.J. Brennan had a hat trick, in a 4-3 victory over Grand Rapids in American Hockey League action Saturday.

Smith's shot hit the post, and then went off Griffins goalie Jared Coreau and in, on a power play.

The Marlies (1-0-0) were on their second power play of overtime when Griffins defenceman Brennan Evans was penalized for closing his hand on the puck in the crease.

Grand Rapids (0-1-0) forward Mitch Callahan redirected a Tomas Jurco, no-look, backhand pass to tie the game 3-3 less than five minutes into the third period.

Brennan opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the slot at 5:25 of the first period.

Jurco and Ryley Sheehan scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to give Grand Rapids a 2-1 lead.

Brennan tied it with a power-play goal at 12:19 of the second period, and he put the Marlies ahead a little over three minutes later.

Coreau made 22 saves for Grand Rapids, while Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre stopped 27 shots.

On Friday, minus Martin Frk, the Griffins did indeed defeat the Rochester Americans 8-1. Here's the Griffins' recap of a much happier affair:

The Grand Rapids Griffins broke a three-year losing streak in season openers by trouncing the Rochester Americans 8-1 at Blue Cross Arena.

The Calder Cup-defending Griffins started the season off with a bang, netting two goals in the first period. Following a roughing call on Rochester’s Drew Bagnall, Gustav Nyquist took only 27 seconds on the power play to score the first goal of the year for Grand Rapids at 14:09. Nyquist came into possession of the puck at center ice and exchanged passes with Tomas Jurco before poking it into the net.

In his first game as a Griffin, defenseman Alexey Marchenko netted a wrister off of a pass from forward David McIntyre at 17:45. Marchenko nearly scored another as he banged a shot off the pipes in the last seconds of the opening period.

The Griffins carried the momentum over from the first period and had a busy middle frame, scoring five goals and firing 22 total shots.

Triston Grant and defenseman Ryan Sproul scored back-to-back goals assisted by Nyquist at 10:54 and 12:01 before the Americans responded with a tally of their own. Rochester’s Luke Adam scored on a rebound at 13:01 after the puck bounced around netminder Tom McCollum’s crease.

The Griffins quickly stole the spotlight back, however, as Jeff Hoggan scored on a rocket off of the faceoff at 14:41. Shortly after at 16:37, Sproul netted his second of the night in a similar fashion as Hoggan, finding the back of the net after Calle Jarnkrok’s faceoff win.

Immediately after Sproul’s tally, Rochester goaltender Matt Hackett was pulled from the net and replaced by Nathan Lieuwen, but Lieuwen faced similar woes. Mitch Callahan quickly pounced on the fresh goaltender and buried the Griffins’ seventh goal of the night with an assist from Adam Almquist, his third of the evening.

Riley Sheahan was the only scorer in the third period, aiding the Griffins in shattering their franchise record for margin of victory in an opener. The previous record was four goals, set on Oct. 16, 2004 against the Chicago Wolves. The game also broke two franchise records for the most goals scored: one for season openers and one for road openers.

McCollum earned the victory behind 18 saves, Hackett managed to stop 24 of 30 shots and Lieuwen blocked five of seven.

Three Stars: 1. GR Nyquist (one goal, two assists); 2. GR Sproul (two goals); 3. GR Almquist (three assists)

The Griffins posted a Flickr photo gallery from the game, the box score is available here...

And kudos to the Rochester Americans, because the Amerks posted a recap, a photo gallery, and 5 minutes' worth of highlights:

You may not take much interest in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's takes on the game, but there is a photo gallery embedded in Kevin Oklobjiza's recap.


In Sweden: On Friday...Mattias Janmark scored 2 goals and played 22:32 in AIK Stockholm's 6-2 loss to Lulea;

On Saturday...Mattias Janmark scored a goal and played 19:53 in AIK Stockholm's 5-2 loss to Leskands IF.

Janmark has 8 goals, 3 assists and 11 points registered over the course of 9 games played on AIK's top line.

Mattias Backman registered an assist and played 20:51 in Linkopings HC's 4-2 loss to AIK Skelleftea;

In the Junior-20 SuperElit League, Hampus Melen didn't register a point in Tingsryds AIF's 5-1 loss to Orebo;

And Rasmus Bodin didn't register a point in Linkopings HC's 5-3 win over Rogle BK.

In North America:

In the QMJHL, on Friday, Anthony Mantha scored 2 goals in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 9-4 win over Charlottetown;

And Phillipe Hudon scored a goal in the Victoriaville Tigres' 6-2 loss to Rimouski.

On Saturday, Mantha scored a goal, added an assist and was named the 2nd star in Val-d'Or's 4-2 win over Shawinigan.

Mantha now has 11 goals, 7 assists and 18 points registered over the course of 7 games played.

And Hudon didn't register a point in Victoriaville's 3-2 OT loss to Halifax.

In the OHL, on Friday, Jake Paterson stopped 27 of 29 shots in the Saginaw Spirit's 5-2 win over Plymouth;

Zach Nastasiuk registered an assist on the Owen Sound Attack's only goal in a 7-1 loss to the Guelph Storm, while Tyler Bertuzzi registered two assists and took part in a brawl, per Hockeyfights:

And Andreas Athanasiou registered an assist in the Barrie Colts' 3-2 shootout loss to Mississauga.

On Saturday, Paterson got the night off and Saginaw lost 4-3 to Plymouth in OT;

Athanasiou scored a goal in Barrie's 6-3 loss to Sudbury;

And Nastasiuk didn't register a point as Owen Sound defeated Kitchener 4-2.

In the WHL, on Friday, Mitchell Wheaton (shoulder) did not play in the Kelowna Rockets' 6-2 win over Portland.

On Saturday, Marc McNulty didn't register a point in the Prince George Cougars' 3-0 win over Kamloops;

And Wheaton remained sidelined in Kelowna's 6-3 win over Portland.

In the BCHL, on Friday, David Pope didn't register a point in the West Kelowna Warriors' 4-3 OT loss to Powell River;

And on Saturday, Pope scored the final goal in West Kelowna's 4-2 win over Nanaimo.

And finally, the NCAA Division 1 hockey season got underway on Saturday evening, and James De Haas did not register a point but registered 2 shots as his Clarkson Golden Knights defeated Niagara 2-1.


Update: Rut roh, Little Bert:

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