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Prospect news: Griffins beat IceHogs; Walleye win in OT; Rasmussen 1+2, Pope 2+1, Pearson 2G

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Matt Puempel, Brian Lashoff, Evgeni Svechnikov and Matthew Ford scored goals, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins won 4-1 over the Rockford IceHogs.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:


Rockford IceHogs 1 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4

Jan. 27, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A replica Calder Cup championship ring giveaway and another win by Jared Coreau and the Grand Rapids Griffins made it a great night to be among Saturday’s sold-out crowd at Van Andel Arena.

Having enjoyed an idle week following last Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Rockford, the Griffins picked up where they left off by defeating the IceHogs 4-1 for their third straight series win, after going 0-3-0-3 in this season’s first six meetings.

Aided by a stifling defensive effort by his teammates, Coreau turned in a gem of a performance, stopping 16 of 17 shots to claim his ninth victory in his last 12 appearances (9-2-1). Moreover, the Griffins earned their third straight win and improved to 12-3-0-1 in their last 16 outings, becoming an ever greater part of the AHL playoff conversation.

After watching forwards Matt Puempel and Matt Lorito take part in the AHL All-Star Classic tomorrow and Monday in Utica, N.Y., the Griffins (22-18-1-4) will dive back into action with three straight games in Cleveland against the Monsters, starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. It will mark the first time in franchise history that the Griffins play three consecutive regular season games on the road against the same team, with the three clashes occurring within a 66-hour span.

The IceHogs drew first blood with 1:54 remaining in the opening period. Anthony Louis darted right-to-left through the slot, corralled a pass from William Pelletier and slipped a shot through the traffic in front of Coreau from the bottom of the left circle.

Grand Rapids answered during its second power play opportunity, 2:59 into the middle frame. Taking a feed from Filip Hronek high in the left circle, Puempel had time and space to tee up a slap shot that found daylight between Matt Tomkins and the far post.

Defenseman Brian Lashoff, whose 370 regular season games rank second in Griffins history, gave the home team the lead with a veteran play for an unassisted goal midway through the period. Pinching along the left boards, he won a battle for the puck, carried it down to the goal line and unleashed a wrister that snuck through a gap between Tomkins and the near post at 11:17.

The Griffins’ third goal of the period came 4:08 later, courtesy of Evgeny Svechnikov. Eric Tangradi backhanded a pass from behind the net to the high slot, and Svechnikov blew a shot by Tomkins’ glove from between the circles to stake Grand Rapids to a two-goal cushion heading into the final 20 minutes.

Grand Rapids limited Rockford to only three shots in the third period and capitalized on one of its five to account for the final margin, with Matthew Ford banging home the rebound of a Ben Street try at the left post with 3:03 remaining.

Tomkins finished with 20 saves for the IceHogs (24-17-2-3), who fell in regulation for just the second time in their last 11 games.

Notes: Ford and Puempel are tied for the team’s goal-scoring lead with 17...The crowd of 10,834 was the Griffins’ third sellout of the season, their second straight crowd of more than 10,000 and their fourth crowd of 9,000-plus in their last five home games…With the NHL on its all-star break, longtime Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer assisted the Griffins’ equipment staff tonight, marking the first AHL game of his 26-year career in pro hockey.

Three Stars: 1. GR Coreau (W, 16 saves); 2. GR Lashoff (game-winning goal); 3. GR Tangradi (two assists)

The Griffins also posted a photo gallery, a highlight clip and an interview clip:




In the ECHL, Dylan Sadowy had a goal and an assist, Kyle Bonis and Shane Berschbach scored goals and Pat Nagle stopped 31 of 33 shots as the Toledo Walleye won 3-2 in overtime over the Brampton Beast. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

Walleye complete home-and-home sweep with overtime victory over Beast

(Toledo, OH) – The Walleye defeated the Beast 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night in Toledo. Pat Nagle stopped 31 of 33 shots and improves to 19-4-2-1 on the season. The Walleye are 27-12-2-2 on the season and 16-4-0 at home.

Dylan Sadowy opened the scoring with a power play goal at 13:31 of the first period to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead.

Brampton would score to tie the game 1-1 at 6:06 of the second period. Kyle Bonis scored to give the Walleye a 2-1 lead at 19:25 of the second.

Brampton tied the game 2-2 at 17:01 of the third period.

Shane Berschbach scored at 1:31 in overtime to lift the Walleye over the Beast 3-2.

Fish Tales:

  • The Walleye are home Sunday for a 5:15 p.m. puck drop against Cincinnati.
  • Nagle stopped 31 of 33 shots and is now 19-4-2-1 on the season.
  • Ryan Obuchowski has four points in his past three games.
  • Simon Denis has four assists in three games vs. Brampton.
  • Tonight's crowd of 8,000 marked our 15th sellout of the season.
  • The Walleye are 24-3-2 all-time vs. Brampton.

The Walleye's YouTube channel posted post-game interviews with Shane Berschbach and coach Dan Watson:




Elsewhere, in the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo won 47% of his faceoffs in 16:19 played as Jukurit lost 3-2 to KalPa in a shootout;

Libor Sulak finished at -1 with 2 shots in 24:40 played as the Lahti Pelicans lost 4-3 to HPK in a shootout;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn finished even with 2 shots and won 53% of his faceoffs in 13:16 played as the Frolunda Indians won 3-0 over Skelleftea AIK;

In the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom played on the first defensive pair in HV71's 5-1 win over Lulea;

In the Swedish NLA, Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 27 of 31 shots in HC Davos' 5-4 OT win over Lausanne HC;

In the OHL, Kaden Fulcher stopped 19 of 20 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs' 5-1 win over Oshawa;

Givani Smith finished even with 2 shots in the Kitchener Rangers' 5-3 win over Flint;

Reilly Webb finished at -2 with 1 shot and Brady Gilmour did not play in the Saginaw Spirit's 6-5 win over Windsor;

Jordan Sambrook had a goal and an assist, finishing at +2 on 4 shots in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' 4-3 win over Barrie;

In the WHL, Dennis Cholowski had an assist and 5 shots, finishing at -1 in the Portland Winterhawks' 4-2 loss to Kamloops;

Michael Rasmussen had quite the return to the Tri-City Americans' lineup. He scored a goal and added 2 assists, finishing at +1 on 3 shots and winning 5 of 15 faceoffs in the Tri-City Americans' 5-4 OT win over Spokane;

Lane Zablocki had an assist, finishing at +1 with 1 shot in the Victoria Royals' 4-1 win over Calgary;

In the USHL, Filip Larsson pitched a 22-save shutout as his Lincoln Stars won 2-0 over Central Illinois;

In NCAA hockey, Kasper Kotkansalo had 2 shots in the Boston University Terriers' 4-3 win over Arizona State;

Chase Pearson scored 2 goals on 3 shots, finishing at +2 with an 11-for-21 faceoff record, and Patrick Holway finished at +2 as the University of Maine Black Bears won 3-2 over UMass;

Jack Adams finished at +1 with 1 shot as the Union College Dutchmen won 4-3 over the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers. Chase Perry served as the back-up for RPI. Union won the Mayor's Cup with the win;

David Pope scored 2 goals and had an assist, finishing at +2 with 7 shots as the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks' won 7-3 over Western Michigan.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Great return for Ras. No more wrist problems!

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/28/18 at 10:54 AM ET


Both Pearson and Pope are Hobey Baker nominees

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/28/18 at 02:51 PM ET

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