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by George Malik on 11/03/13 at 11:41 PM ET
The Grand Rapids Griffins ended up sweeping their week's slate of three games, defeating the Charlotte Checkers 5-2 last Wednesday, the Lake Erie Monsters 6-4 on Friday, and taking out the Rockford IceHogs by a 3-1 tally on Sunday afternoon. Tom McCollum stopped 34 of 35 shots in Petr Mrazek's stead, as the Griffins website's recap notes:
The Grand Rapids Griffins improved to first place in the Western Conference with a 3-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday at BMO Harris Bank Center.
The Griffins also continue their streak of earning at least one point in every road game this season, and they boost their overall record to 7-2-1-1.
After more than a period and a half of scoreless hockey, Triston Grant found the net for the Griffins at 13:12 of the second period. Andrej Nestrasil stole the puck at the IceHogs’ blue line and rushed the net. His shot was deflected, and Grant was there to put away the rebound.
With 2:12 to play in the second period, Teemu Pulkkinen doubled the Griffins’ lead. Jeff Hoggan intercepted an IceHog pass in their zone, and Pulkkinen was positioned in front of the net to tip in Hoggan’s shot from the left boards. The puck made its way in underneath Antti Raanta’s left arm.
After the Griffins successfully killed off five penalties, the IceHogs took advantage of a hooking call on Cory Emmerton at 7:22 of the third period. At 8:41, Klas Dahlbeck fired a shot from the left circle to put Rockford on the board.
A tic-tac-toe play between Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening and Landon Ferraro resulted in the Griffins’ third and final tally of the night. Two quick backhanded passes found Ferraro open at the left post, where he tapped in the goal with 1:24 remaining in the game.
In his second straight win, Tom McCollum saved 34 of 35 and Raanta stopped 31 of 34. With the loss, Rockford drops to 7-4-1-0.
The IceHogs will look for redemption at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 when Grand Rapids and Rockford take the ice again at Van Andel Arena.
Three Stars: 1. GR McCollum (W, 34 saves); 2. GR Pulkkinen (game-winning goal); 3. RFD Raanta (31 saves)
SendtoNews posted a highlight clip from the game, but it's a) an auto-play clip and b) includes a significant amount of announcer yelling, so no embedding. The Griffins and IceHogs posted Flickr photo galleries from the game as well, but the IceHogs website's recap is incredibly spare, and the Rockford Register Star has yet to post a recap--and when it does, it'll send you to a paywall.
The Griffins and IceHogs will indeed tangle at 11 in the frickin' morning for their annual schoolkids' matinee, and the Griffins are selling ticket packages to the game for $5 a lower-bowl seat online; they'll also head to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs on Friday, November 8th.
In the ECHL, Trevor Parkes stole the show as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Kalamazoo K-Wings 6-4 on Saturday; Sunday produced a disappointing result for the Walleye, but good news for Red Wings fans.
The Walleye, playing their 3rd game over the course of 3 nights, dropped a 2-1 decision to the Evansville IceMen, and Parkes was held off the scoresheet, finishing -1; the same's true for Max Nicastro and Richard Nedomlel, with the latter having taken 4 pealty minutes (adding to the 12 he accrued on Saturday)...
But Marek Tvrdon scored his second professional goal, and Tvrdon has registered 2 goals and an assist for 3 points over the course of 4 games played for Toledo--which ain't bad for a young man who missed most of last season after having a rib removed due to a blood clot, and someone who missed a year-and-a-half due to a shoulder injury prior to that.
Anyway, here's the Walleye's website's recap of Sunday's game...
Tvrdon gets his second goal, but Walleye frozen 2-1 by Evansville
(Evansville, IN)– Marek Tvrdon scored for Toledo, but the IceMen downed the Walleye 2-1 Sunday evening in Evansville. Toledo has an overall record of 3-3-1-0 and is 1-2-1-0 on the road this season.
At 10:20 of the first period, Marek Tvrdon would tap in a rebound to give Toledo a 1-0 lead. Russ Sinkewich and David Gilbert collected the assists on the second goal of the season from Tvrdon.
“With such a tough turnaround we just asked the guys to play smart, simple hockey,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “We did a good job of withstanding the early rush and making things tough on their offense, but they made the plays in the third period.”
The IceMen outshot Toledo 9-2 in the second period, but could not score on goaltender Mac Carruth. Evansville would tie the game at 1 when Matt Lowry beat Carruth with a wrist shot at 3:21 of the third period. The IceMen would take the lead for good at 10:53 of third period when Daultan Leveille batted in a loose puck at the side of the Walleye net.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Mac Carruth made 27 saves on 29 shots in his third consecutive start for Toledo. Carruth has a record of 3-2-0-0 on the season.
And the Toledo Blade took note of the Walleye's schedule ahead:
The Walleye have four straight road games before returning home on Nov. 17 against Reading. Toledo will travel to Florida next weekend to play one game against Florida on Saturday and then two games against Orlando on Sunday and Monday.
Let's all feel terrible because the Walleye will be in sunny Fort Myers, FL on Friday and in Orlando for two days.
When they come home, the Walleye report that the team will be honoring military veterans:
Join us for Veterans Appreciation Night on Sunday, November 17, presented by Owens Community College, as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have proudly served our country! Tickets are just $13 each for all members of the military (veterans or active duty) and their families!
Veterans Appreciation Night will include:
- Pregame ceremony in honor of our men and women that have served and are currently serving in the military
- National Anthem performance
- Color Guard
- Special recognition of military members and their families
- Postgame open skate (FREE!) with the Toledo Walleye players - bring your own skates
In Sweden, in the SHL, Mattias Backman is still having trouble posting points, but he played 22:29 in Linkopings HC's 4-3 loss to the Frolunda Indians, and Backman's 2 goals, 5 assists and 7 points registered over the course of 17 games played don't reflect his status as the team's #1 defenseman
In the J20 SuperElit League, Hampus Melen's #69 is still absent from scoresheets involving Tingsryds IF, and Tingsryds IF continues to lose, lose and also lose. Tingsryds lost 3-2 to Frolunda on Sunday, and they boast a 3-3-and-13 record, having been out-scored 87 to 34;
Rasmus Bodin's #15 does show up on Linkopings HC's 4th line, but he's still struggling to produce any points. He didn't register anything in LHC's 3-2 loss to Farjestads BK.
Take note of the following: AIK Stockholm forward and Wings prospect Mattias Janmark will play for Sweden's national team in the Karjala Cup, the second leg of the Euro Hockey Tour, between November 7th and 10th, and the 4 European countries taking part in the tournament--Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Russia--pause their professional leagues' schedules for the event.
As such, the SHL will take the week off, and won't resume play until Monday, November 11th. Janmark and Team Sweden will play games against the Czechs on November 7th, the Russians on November 8th and the Finns on November 10th.
Back over on this side of the pond, in the QMJHL, Phillipe Hudon sat out the 4th and final game of his suspension for an illegal check to the head on Sunday, watching his Victoriaville Tigres drop a 7-4 decision to Rimouski;
And in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi took a pair of penalties and finished at -1 in the Guelph Storm's 3-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves, who are Tyler's hometown team. Bertuzzi still has 5 goals, 16 assists and 21 points registered over the course of 16 games played.
In the Twitter department...Melen was watching the TV Pucken tournament on his laptop...
Good to see:
And Calle Jarnkrok made fun of Riley Sheahan for enjoying riding on the bus (Jarnkrok's no fan of the Griffins' status as living in the old iron lung for extended periods of time):
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