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Red Wings prospect news: McCollum backstops back-to-back wins for Griffins; Mantha, Bertuzzi roll on

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects wrapped up a busy weekend in mostly winning fashion, and a Red Wings prospect who's essentially on "probationary" status via an AHL-only contract took two big steps foward over the past two days.

The Grand Rapids Griffins lost a 5-0 home decision to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night, and then they headed on the road for what will end up being a thousand-plus-mile bus trip across the midwest.

On Saturday, Tom McCollum stopped 32 of 34 shots en route to a 3-2 Griffins win over Chicago, and on Sunday, McCollum stopped 26 of 28 shots as the Griffins defeated the Iowa Wild 3-2.

The Griffins' website provides a superb game recap:

A last-minute shorthanded tally by Landon Ferraro broke a tie game and gave the Grand Rapids Griffins a 3-2 win against the Iowa Wild on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena. The win concluded the Griffins three-game stretch in three days.

At 7:12 of the opening period, Nathan Paetsch gave the Griffins (4-2-1-1) an early lead with a rocket from the point. Cory Emmerton won a faceoff in the Wild’s zone, and Teemu Pulkkinen poked it back to Paetsch for the one-timer.

A goal by Luke Glendening with 52 seconds remaining in the first period extended the Griffins’ lead to 2-0. He received a pass from Pulkkinen near the Griffins’ blue line and drove to Iowa’s net, scoring above Iowa goaltender Darcy Kuemper’s left shoulder.

Pulkkinen has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 8 games, and three of those points came over this past weekend's 3-in-3.

The Iowa Wild came out in the second period with a mission, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the frame to tie it up. Tom McCollum went behind his net to clear the puck, but it took a strange bounce and landed on the stick of Iowa forward Jason Zucker, who only needed to tap the puck into the empty net to score at 2:38.

A few minutes later at 4:58, Iowa forward Warren Peters tied the game when he followed up on his own rebound and threw the puck at the net from a difficult angle along the left boards.

In a game with 13 penalties, the Griffins’ penalty kill held up against the Wild (4-2-0-0), holding them scoreless on seven power plays.

Despite Adam Almquist getting called for high sticking at 18:17 of the third period, the Griffins kept pushing offensively and Ferraro scored the shorthanded game-winner at 19:24. Emmerton intercepted a pass in the Grand Rapids zone, and passed the puck to Ferraro skating up the right side. Ferraro rushed the Iowa goal, and netted the puck in the lower left corner.

McCollum stopped 26 of 28 in the win, and Kuemper turned away 23 of 26.

The Griffins will face the Charlotte Checkers at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Van Andel Arena in a rematch of Friday’s 5-0 loss.

Three Stars: 1. GR Ferraro (goal); 2. IA Peters (goal, assist); 3. GR Pulkkinen (two assists)

The Griffins' website posed a photo gallery, and the Iowa Wild's website posted a recap, post-game interviews with the Wild's coach and players--which I'm guessing you won't be very interested in--and a highlight clip:

Update: the Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch reminds us that this was a HUGE rematch game for GR:

The Minnesota Wild’s top minor-league affiliate left Houston and brought with it to Des Moines an old rivalry and a still-sour taste in its mouth.

Some things just never change.

The Iowa Wild surrendered a goal in the final minute of regulation as the Grand Rapids Griffins picked up a 3-2 win before 3,825 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday night.

“You definitely want to come back and beat those guys, because that’s the team that knocked you out last year,” Wild defenseman Steven Kampfer said.

The Griffins took down Minnesota’s top minor-league team last season in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, winning the best-of-five series 3-2 against Houston.

The Griffins went on to win the Calder Cup. The Aeros departed for Des Moines and became a thing of the past. The loss isn’t forgotten, though, as plenty of players from last season’s team made the move.

“I think it’s in the back of everybody’s minds that was there last year,” Kampfer said.



In Sweden, Hampus Melen sat out Tingsryds IF's Saturday and Sunday games in Sweden's J20 SuperElit league, and maybe it's better that he didn't play, because TIF lost 8-0 to Rogle BK on Saturday, and they followed that gem with a 7-0 loss to Malmo on Sunday.

Back on this side of the Atlantic, in the QMJHL, the Victoriaville Tigres played in their first game without the indefinitely-suspended Phillipe Hudon, and they dropped a 3-1 decision to Blainville-Boisbriand;

And Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 5-4 to Rouyn-Noranda, but Mantha is back on the multiple-point-per-game track. He registered 3 assists and has 19 goals and 20 assists for a total of 39 points registered over the course of 15 games played.

In the OHL, the Owen Sound Attack wrapped up their tour of Southwestern Ontario and Michigan by dropping a 5-4 OT decision to the Windsor Spitfires. Captain Zach Nastasiuk registered an assist and finished at +1.

Nastasiuk's registered 8 goals and 8 assists for 16 points over the course of 15 games, and he's done so while taking on the captain's "C" with no discernable difficulty.

Honest truth: I haven't applied for my enhanced license yet because the State of Michigan requires folks to have a valid picture ID to vote, and I would be without that license for three weeks. I'm getting mine after November 5th so that I can head to Windsor with the many Wings fans who are coming to town to attend the Winter Classic and the Alumni games.

And Tyler Bertuzzi continues to prove that he can do more than fight: his Guelph Storm defeated the powerhouse London Knights 7-4, and Bertuzzi had a goal, an assist and finished at +1.

Bertuzzi has 4 goals, 11 assists and 15 points registered over the course of 13 games played, and he apparently made the "Kiss Cam" on Sunday evening:

In the BCHL, David Pope remains out for the West Kelowna Warriors with an unknown injury, and his team defeated the Surrey Eagles 5-3;

And in NCAA hockey, defenseman Ben Marshall did not register a point on Sunday, but his University of Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated Boston College 6-1. The Golden Gophers' website posts box scores in PDF form as part of their recaps, and they have Marshall taking 3 shots and finishing at +1.




In the Twitter department, James de Haas was happy that Clarkson University swept their pair of weekend games...

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Primis's avatar

Wait, Sproul is complaining about someone’s else music tastes?

I’d like to see McCollum make the jump.  The Wings could use options and, if nothing else, trade pieces.  And it’d be a shame to see his pick become nothing.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/13 at 11:01 PM ET


No one in either league wanted mcc. one nhl gm said tom sucks. it was probably dallas’.

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/28/13 at 05:46 AM ET


Mantha is obviously playing in the wrong league. 2 points per game? Can we put him on a line with Datsyuk?

Posted by AZWinger on 10/28/13 at 10:30 AM ET

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