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Down on the Farm: Griffins Take Two Out of Three in the Lone Star State

November 5th, 2012 at 7:30 PM
By Frank Vajcner

(EDITOR'S NOTE: During the NHL lockout, Red Wings 101 will provide game recaps for the Grand Rapids Griffins; the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.)

The Grand Rapids Griffins completed a three-games-in-three-nights road trip to Texas by winning two out three games.

Friday night, the Griffins lost to the San Antonio Rampage 3-2. Brent Raedeke scored his first goal of the year at 6:20 in the first period.

The Griffins' aggressive forecheck led to their second goal. Raedeke stole the puck in the Rampage zone and fed it Trevor Parkes, who would beat Rampage netminder Jacob Markstrom for his third goal of the season.

San Antonio would then score three unanswered goals, with the game-winner coming from Eric Sellick at 16:48 in the third.

Griffins' goaltender Tom McCollum made 19 saves in the loss.

Saturday would mark the AHL debut for goaltender Petr Mrazek, who got the start for the Griffins and didn't disappoint in a 4-1 victory over the Texas Stars.

Offensively, the Griffins were led by their Swedish players. Adam Almquist would score his first goal of the year after receiving a pass from Raedeke at 3:08 in the first.

Joakim Andersson would score his second of the year at 15:27 after Tomas Tatar was initially denied by Stars' netminder Jack Campbell. Tatar fed Andersson the rebound, whose shot on goal was deflected in off the skate of Stars' forward Cody Eakin.

Almquist would score his second of the night at 2:43 of the second period on a power play. Gustav Nyquist would seal the win 16:00 of the third period.

Texas got their lone goal from Colton Sceviour at 13:48 of the first.

Mrazek stopped 29 out of 30 shots in his debut for the win. 

Sunday, the Griffins gave Mrazek the start in net again against the Houston Aeros, and he would stand tall in a 2-1 victory.

Landon Ferraro opened the scoring at 6:07 in the second period for his third goal of the year.

Houston tied the game at 9:40 in the third with a goal from Chad Rau.

The game remained deadlocked through three periods and overtime, and would go to a shootout. Brendan Smith and Francis Pare would both beat Aeros' netminder Matt Hackett, while Mrazek denied all four Houston shooters to preserve the win. Mrazek stopped 30 shots in the win.

The Griffins return to action Wednesday for a matinee showdown with the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena. Puck drop is set for 11 AM.


NOTES: The Griffins did not allow a power play goal during all three games…Smith played against his brother, Reilly, in the matchup with the Stars

 

Tags: Adam Almquist, Brendan Smith, Brent Raedeke, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Francis Pare, Grand Rapids Griffins, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, Landon Ferraro, NHL, Petr Mrazek, Tom McCollum, Trevor Parkes

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