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Down on the Farm: Griffins Finish Weekend with a Split

November 25th, 2012 at 9:59 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Grand Rapids Griffins concluded the Thanksgiving weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen Saturday, and a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Sunday.

Saturday the Griffins scored four unanswered goals after trailing 1-0 early courtesy of a goal by Peoria's Chris Bruton at 5:10 in the first.

The Griffins answered at 12:42 with a power play goal from Francis Pare after Pare and Landon Ferraro fired a flurry of shots on Rivermen netminder Mike McKenna.

Tomas Jurco would put the Griffins ahead for good at 10:18 of the second by scoring a highlight-reel goal.

Tomas Tatar would score the third goal by going coast-to-coast and beating McKenna at 17:44 in the third. He would also add an empty-netter at 19:15, for his ninth goal of the year.

Tom McCollum earned the win by stopping 22 shots. McKenna made 40 saves in the loss.

Sunday's loss to the Admirals ended the Griffins' eight game winning streak.

Milwaukee got on the board first at 7:10 in the first period courtesy of a Scott Valentine goal. The Griffins answered 14:40 with a power play goal from Tatar after he beat Milwaukee netminder Jeremy Smith off of a deflection by Joakim Andersson. The goal was Tatar's tenth of the season.

The Admirals took the lead for good at 19:54 after a power play goal from Mattias Ekholm.

Former Griffin Chris Mueller made it 3-1 after he beat Petr Mrazek on a shorthanded breakaway at 15:11 of the second.

The Griffins got on the board again at 11:00 in the third courtesy of Pare's eighth goal of the year. Despite pulling Mrazek for an extra skater, the Griffins could not tie the game. The loss was the first since losing in San Antonio November 3 by a 3-2 margin.

Mrazek also took his first loss as a Griffin. He finished with 17 saves.

The Griffins were able to maintain their lead in the Midwest Division with 22 points; they lead Chicago by three points.

The Griffins close out November and open December with a two game series at home against the Texas Stars Friday and Saturday night. Puck drop for both games is set for 7:00 PM.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Francis Pare, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hockey, Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, NHL, Petr Mrazek, Tom McCollum, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar

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