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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins win wild game; Walleye lose, Bertuzzi racks up 5 points for Guelph
by George Malik on 11/02/13 at 12:48 AM ET
The Detroit Red Wings find themselves amidst a slate of 3 games played over the course of 4 nights, and their prospects might be thinking, "Welcome to our world."
The Grand Rapids Griffins played their second of 3 games played over the course of 4 evenings on Friday, and they did so without their starting goaltender in Petr Mrazek...But they held up well enough, winning a wild 6-4 decision over the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday evening.
The Griffins' website recounts the details thereof:
A two-goal game by Tomas Jurco and strong special teams performances helped the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 6-4 win over the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.
The Griffins killed off six of seven penalties and scored two power-play goals. Grand Rapids (6-2-1-1) continues its road point streak, earning at least one point in every road game this season.
Karl Stollery put Lake Erie on the board first at 16:44 of the opening frame. During four-on-four play, Stollery and Colin Smith rushed the Grand Rapids’ zone on a two-on-one and Stollery buried the puck on a one-timer.
Ryan Sproul responded with a Griffins’ goal to tie the game at 18:29 of the first period. Cory Emmerton had the puck along the left boards in the Monsters’ zone, and he fed a pass to Sproul who was speeding down center ice. Sproul controlled the bouncing pass and buried it in the top shelf.
When it appeared the teams would be heading into the locker rooms knotted 1-1, a power-play goal by Calle Jarnkrok with just two seconds remaining in the first period gave Grand Rapids the advantage. Gustav Nyquist closed in on goaltender Calvin Pickard and backhanded a pass to Jarnkrok, who scored to give the Griffins a 2-1 lead.
At 11:19 of the middle frame, Landon Ferraro carried the puck along the left boards and passed to Jurco in the left circle. Jurco took a stride with the puck before burying it past Pickard for the power-play goal.
The Monsters (4-5-0-0) threatened to shorten the Griffins’ lead when Paul Carey was awarded a penalty shot at 15:31 of the second period after being interfered with on a breakaway. However, Tom McCollum got a piece of the puck and turned away Carey’s attempt.
Six goals were scored in the third period, including two empty-netters.
Jurco netted his second of the night off a rebound by Adam Almquist at 8:57. Nyquist assisted both of Jurco’s goals along with Jarnkrok’s.
At 12:10, Monster David Van der Gulik managed a backhanded shot as he was falling down. The puck found its way in, marking Lake Erie’s only power-play goal of the night and bringing the score to 4-2.
In the last two minutes of the game, each team scored two goals. The Monsters pulled Pickard for the extra skater, and Lake Erie’s Mark Olver scored on a slapshot from the point at 18:24. Just 18 seconds later, Luke Glendening scored an empty-netter for Grand Rapids.
Less than a minute later, the series of plays repeated itself. With Pickard pulled, Monster Bryan Lerg scored a goal at 19:15, but it took the Griffins 26 seconds to reestablish their two-goal lead. Jeff Hoggan scored on an empty net.
McCollum turned away 21 of 25 in the win, and Pickard stopped 25 of 30.
The Griffins will take the ice at 5 p.m. Sunday at BMO Harris Bank Center against the Rockford IceHogs.
Three Stars: 1. GR Jurco (two goals); 2. GR Nyquist (three assists); 3. GR Ferraro (two assists)
The Griffins' website posted a photo gallery as well, as did the Lake Erie Monsters' website, and if you wish to watch an abbreviated highlight clip, the Monsters' YouTube channel posted one highlight clip consisting of the 1st period's goals...
And another highlight clip consisting of the second and third period's goals:
The Monsters' website also posted a recap and some post-game comments from coach Dean Chynoweth, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Dennis Manoloff's recap is...Less than interesting reading unless you're a Monsters fan.
In the ECHL, the Walleye will return home for Star Wars Night this evening needing to exact some revenge on the "Empire." The Walleye will wear X-Wing Pilot jerseys this evening, but the Walleye who played in blue-baby blue-and-yellow duds on Friday dropped a 6-4 decision to the Kalamazoo K-Wings.
Trevor Parkes scored 2 goals, Max Nicastro had an assist, Richard Nedomlel had an assist, Marek Tvrdon registered an assist and Jared Coreau sat in the stead of Mac Carruth, who stopped 35 of 41 shots. The Toledo Walleye provide a game recap, noting that Coreau won't play in Saturday's game:
Trevor Parkes scored twice for the Walleye, but Kalamazoo outscored Toledo 6-4 Friday night. Toledo has an overall record of 2-2-1-0 and is 1-1-1-0 on the road this season.
The Kalamazoo Wings controlled most of the first period of play as the outshot Toledo 11-3 and scored twice on Toledo goaltender Mac Carruth to lead the Walleye 2-0. Wings went up 1-0 with a power play goal at 13:33 from David Pacan and then Adam Polasek made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 16:09 for the scoring in the first.
“This is always a very difficult place to play and win games as the road team,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “We knew they would come out with a lot of fire and that was the case. We battled tonight. Credit Kalamazoo for the job they did tonight.”
Toledo would close the gap when Travis Novak wristed a shot over the glove hand of goaltender Joel Martin at 5:34 of the second period. Goaltender Mac Carruth and Jason Lepine assisted on the second goal of the season from Novak. The Walleye would tie the game at two when Alden Hirschfeld set up Trevor Parkes for his third goal of the season at 9:45. The Wings would score twice in the back half of the period to lead 4-2 after two periods.
Just 8 seconds into the third period Toledo was back on the scoreboard as Scott Arnold collected his fourth goal of the season on the power play. Kalamazoo would regain a two goal lead when Yanni Gourde beat Carruth with a wrist shot. Trevor Parkes would collect his second goal of the game at 14:41 of the third period with a wrist shot far side. Kalamazoo would get the empty net goal to cap the scoring.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Mac Carruth made 35 saves on 40 shots in net for Toledo and his record is 2-1-0-0. The Walleye finished the game 2-5 on the power play.
Walleye Transactions: Prior to the game, Goaltender Jared Coreau was recalled to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Coreau was 0-1-1 in his two starts for the Walleye. Toledo signed goaltender Eric Levine as an emergency backup. Levine played his college hockey at Robert Morris University.
On a more player-by-player-oriented basis...
In Sweden, Mattias Backman finished even in 22:34 of ice time, but Linkopings HC dropped a 5-0 decision to Modo Ornskoldsvik;
Back over on this side of the pond, in the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha only registered a goal and an assist while finishing as the game's first star in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 4-1 win over the Quebec Remparts. Mantha has 20 goals, 21 assists and 41 points registered over the course of 16 games played;
In the second game of his four-game suspension for an illegal check to the head, Phillipe Hudon watched the Victoriaville Tigres win 5-2 over the Shawinigan Cataractes;
In the OHL, in what turned out not to be a battle between Wings prospects, Jake Paterson was also an observer as his back-up, Nikita Serebrykov, stopped 39 shots en route to the Saginaw Spirit's 6-3 win over Zach Nastasiuk's Owen Sound Attack. Nastasiuk didn't register a point and finished at -1;
Tyler Bertuzzi had an absolutely remarkable performance for the Guelph Storm, registering a goal and 4 assists, finishing at +4 and as the game's second star(?) in the Guelph Storm's 6-3 win over Kitchener;
Andreas Athanasiou registered a goal in was named the second star in the Barrie Colts' 4-0 win over Niagara;
In the WHL, in another battle between Wings prospects, Marc McNutly registered an assist as his Prince George Cougars rallied from a 6-2 deficit to tie Mitchell Wheaton's Kelowna Rockets 6-6 in the 3rd period, but Kelowna took the game via a 7-6 shootout decision. Wheaton finished with no points and as a -3, but his team won the game;
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