The Grand Rapids Griffins withstood a penalty shot goal in the third period and prevailed 3-2 in a shootout over the Toronto Marlies Friday night.
The win was the fourth straight for the Griffins, who avenged an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Marlies on December 16.
Toronto got on the board first at 6:54 of the first period when Will Acton scooped a puck past Petr Mrazek.
The Griffins answered at 8:05 in the second on a power play after Brendan Smith took a pass from Gustav Nyquist and fired the puck past Toronto netminder Ben Scrivens for his fifth goal of the year (and first against an opponent other than Rockford.)
The score remained tied until the third period when the Griffins were awarded another power play. Nathan Paetsch recovered a puck in the corner, then dished it to Riley Sheahan, who beat Scrivens at 4:33 for his seventh goal of the year.
The Marlies tied the game on a penalty shot from Matt Frattin at 10:34. Frattin was awarded the shot after he was taken down from behind by Smith.
Neither team could score throughout the rest of regulation or overtime, but Toronto came close after Mike Kostka's shot drew iron two minutes into overtime.
After both goaltenders each denied the first two shooters in the shootout, Nyquist beat Scrivens with a spin-o-rama goal (a la Todd Bertuzzi). Joe Colborne beat Mrazek in the fourth round to keep the shootout going, but after Francis Pare beat Scrivens five-hole, Mrazek stoned Spencer Abbot to preserve the victory.
Mrazek stopped 26 shots for his third straight win, and tenth of the year.
Both teams will play each other again in Grand Rapids tonight at 7 pm.
- GR Pare (GW SO goal)
- GR Mrazek (W, 26 saves)
- TOR Frattin (PS goal)
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