A goal late in the third period by Tomas Tatar proved to be the difference as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-3 Friday night.
The win was the seventh in a row for the Griffins as they moved into sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division. It was also the sixth consecutive win for goaltender Petr Mrazek, which sets a franchise record for best start by a goaltender.
Tatar opened the scoring at 7:56 of the third period after firing a wrist shot past Chicago goaltender Eddie Lack.
The Wolves had a chance to tie at 5:47 in the second after a penalty shot was awarded to Alex Friesen. Friesen missed wide on his attempt. Chicago would tie the game at 8:25 with a goal from Mark Matheson.
It only took 13 seconds for the Griffins to answer as Mitch Callahan would beat Lack on a partial breakaway at 8:37.
Chris Tanev tied the game at 17:37 after banking a shot off the post to beat Mrazek.
After starting the third period on the power play, the Griffins retook the lead 36 seconds in after Chad Billins scored his first career goal. Billins was second on the team in scoring with his AHL-leading 14 assists.
Chicago answered at 5:53 after Anton Rodin beat Mrazek off a rebound.
Tatar would score the game-winner at 17:47 after taking a pass from Louis-Marc Aubry.
Mrazek finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shots.
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