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Red Wings Saturday prospect news: Griffins lose, Walleye win, Athanasiou, Nastasiuk have good nights
by George Malik on 10/20/13 at 01:18 AM ET
The Red Wings' prospects didn't have the same difficulties that the parent club displayed on Saturday, but Darren Helm's 2-game stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins (who dropped a 3-2 decision to Milwaukee on Friday night) didn't go that well, either.
Despite a Grand Rapids Griffins two-goal lead heading into the final minutes of the game and a 38-save performance by Petr Mrazek, the Rockford IceHogs struck with a late rally and strong shootout performance to win, 5-4, on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center.
The Griffins grabbed the lead early in the game, as it took Landon Ferraro only 1:51 into the game to get on the board when he intercepted a pass in the IceHogs right circle and scored on a wrist shot.
Their lead was threatened when the IceHogs were awarded a power play goal about five minutes later. However, the referees reviewed the play and concluded the puck hit the post and never entered the net, and they ultimately waived the goal off to keep the Griffins (2-1-1-1) on top.
At 18:43 of the first period, Triston Grant took advantage of a screen in front of Antti Raanta and shot the puck from the slot into the bottom left corner of the net, tallying the Griffins second goal of the night.
The IceHogs (4-2-0-0) opened up scoring in the middle frame at 6:33. Jimmy Hayes picked up a rebound from Klas Dahlbeck and buried it before Mrazek was able to get to the other side of his net.
With 2:31 remaining in the period, Mrazek lost his helmet but after the whistle was blown, he was called for a delay of game. His penalty coupled with Jeff Hoggan’s slashing call about a minute earlier put Rockford on a five-on-three advantage. It took the IceHogs only 11 seconds into the power play to tie the game with a laser from the point by Jeremy Morin.
When it appeared the teams would be heading into the third period knotted 2-2, Teemu Pulkkinen rocketed a last-ditch shot in the final second of the middle frame. The shot found its way past Raanta, marking Pulkkinen’s first goal this season. At 10:13 of the third period, Pulkkinen struck again for Grand Rapids with his second tally of the night, a power play goal.
Nearing the final minutes, the IceHogs pulled Raanta for the extra skater, and the decision almost immediately paid off for them. Brad Winchester backhanded a goal from the top of the crease at 17:50.
Just 59 seconds later, a rebound landed on the stick of Phillip Danault and he tied the game and forced an overtime, the Griffins third in four games.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout. Gustav Nyquist tallied Grand Rapids only shootout goal, while three IceHogs found the back of the net: Maxim Shalunov, Morin and Viktor Svedberg.
Raanta stopped 35 of 39 shots, and Mrazek turned away 38 of 42.
The matchup marks the first of ten meetings between the two teams this season.
The Griffins will take the ice again at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Van Andel Arena against the Charlotte Checkers.
The Griffins' website also posted a Flickr photo gallery, as did the IceHogs' website, whose recap is a bit more spare. You may take the Rockford Register Star's Reed Schreck's recap for what it's worth:
Two goals in the final 1 minute, 10 seconds of regulation left a quite favorable impression on a near-sellout turnout of 6,202. Brad Winchester and Phillip Danault struck for Rockford to bring about overtime.
Rockford rode that momentum to a 5-4 shootout victory over the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins.
Maxim Shalunov, Jeremy Morin and Viktor Svedberg scored in the shootout, with only Gustav Nyquist tallying for Grand Rapids.
“That's what we're accustomed to doing the last couple of years,” Morin said. “It's not the picture-perfect way to get it done. But I think we're a great third-period team. We find ways to win and get points, and we showed that tonight. All you need is one goal to get the momentum, and we got a quick one (by Winchester) and all the momentum is one your side and their backs are against the wall. Some of the young guys stepped up for us and all of a sudden it's a tie game.”
In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye opened their 2012-2013 campaign with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Fort Wayne Komets. Trevor Parkes registered a goal and an assist and Max Nicastro registered a shot, but Jared Coreau backed up Mac Carruth. The Walleye's website provides a recap:
The Toledo Walleye start the 2013-14 season with a 4-3 shootout win tonight in Fort Wayne.
The Komets would get an early power play and they would cash in as Mickey Lang slapped a one-timer past Mac Carruth at 1:29 of the first period. Toledo would tie the game when Scott Arnold ripped a shot past goaltender John Muse at 8:20 of the first period. Aaron Bogosian and Bobby Shea collected the assists on the goal.
“The first game of the season is always special,” said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. “We knew they would come out swarming early and we were able to get through that. It was a battle all the way throughout.”
Toledo would grab the lead at 2:53 of the second period when Trevor Parkes deflected a Fort Wayne pass behind Muse for an unassisted goal. The Walleye would hold the lead until 16:39 of the second period, when Chris Auger beat Carruth with a wrist shot from the top of circles.
Travis Novak would put the Walleye back in front 3-2 at 2:52 of the third period when blasted in a rebound off of Trevor Parkes shot. Lang would tip in a rebound for Fort Wayne at 15:30 of the third period to tie the game.
Toledo would get goals from Daniel Koger and Scott Arnold in the shootout, while Mac Carruth stopped four of five shooters from the Komets.
Walleye Notes: Goaltender Mac Carruth made 32 saves on 35 shots in net for Toledo for his first professional win. Toledo was 7-3-1 against the Komets last season. The two rivals play a total of nine times this year.
The Toledo Blade notes the Walleye's schedule ahead:
Toledo has a second road game on Thursday at Cincinnati and the team's home opener is next Saturday against Wheeling.
In Europe, in the Sweden's Junior-20 SuperElit league, Rasmus Bodin registered an assist in Linkopings HC's 5-3 win over Hampus Melen's Tingsryds AIF. Hampus Melen did not play for Tingsryds;
Back on this side of the pond, in the QMJHL, Phillipe Hudon got tossed from the Victoriaville Tigres' 7-0 loss to Baie-Comeau for getting in a last-minute-of-the-game fight. I believe he'll be suspended 1 game for engaging in a fight in the last 5 minutes of the game;
In the OHL, Andreas Athanasiou registered a goal and 2 assists and was named the first star of the Barrie Colts' 4-2 win over the Plymouth Whalers;
Jake Paterson had a rough outing, stopping 27 of 32 shots in the Saginaw Spirit's 5-3 loss to Sarnia;
Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk registered 2 goals and 2 assists and was named the first star in Owen Sound's 5-4 overtime win over Kingston;
In the WHL, Mitchell Wheaton registered an assist in his second game back from shoulder surgery, helping his Kelowna Rockets defeat Marc McNulty (who registered no points) and the Prince George Cougars by a 3-2 tally;
In NCAA Division I hockey, Ben Marshall had an assist as Minnesota defeated Bemidji State 5-1;
And Mike McKee did not play in Western Michigan's game against the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which is still going on as I write this as it started at 11:07 PM EDT, as McKee received a 2, 5, 10 and a game misconduct in Friday's 5-2 win over the University of Alaska Anchorage. No news as to whether he was simply scratched or suspended.
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