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Down on the Farm: Glendening Sparks Griffins in Win Over Rochester

December 21st, 2012 at 7:54 PM
By Frank Vajcner

In his first game as a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Luke Glendening didn't disappoint his hometown crowd.

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

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