In his first shift on the ice, the former University of Michigan star and Grand Rapids native scored his first goal on his first shot. The goal ended a scoreless drought of 123:39 for the Griffins, and helped them defeat the Rochester Americans 4-2 Wednesday.
For the record, Glendening was named the game's first star.
Glendening's goal came at 2:49 of the first period after he fired a loose puck past Rochester netminder Connor Knapp.
Rochester's Phil Varone answered at 8:17 after beating Petr Mrazek with a backdoor goal on a power play. Jeff Hoggan countered by stealing the puck inside the Rochester blue line and firing a puck past Knapp to give the Griffins a 2-1 lead at 10:59. The goal was the third of the season for the captain.
The Amerks tied the game at 5:55 of the second with another power play goal courtesy of T.J. Brennan. The Griffins took the lead for good when Joakim Andersson deflected a shot by Chad Billins past Knapp at 12:20 for his seventh goal of the year.
Francis Pare added an empty-netter with 52 seconds left in the third for his tenth goal of the season, and 90th of his career.
Mrazek finished with 19 saves, and ended a personal two-game losing streak. Knapp made 28 saves in a loss.
THREE STARS: 1. GR Glendening (goal); 2. GR Andersson (game-winning goal); 3. RCH Brennan (power play goal)Tags: Chad Billins, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Francis Pare, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hockey, Jeff Hoggan, Joakim Andersson, Luke Glendening, NHL, Petr Mrazek