Griffins defeat Wild, former teammates Hoggan and Pulkkinen

The Grand Rapids Griffins saw the return of former teammates Jeff Hoggan and Teemu Pulkkinen in a 4-1 win over the Iowa Wild on Friday night at Van Andel Arena.

GR (5-3-0-0) owns this Wild team here in Beer City. They’ve won 20 of the 24 meetings and eight straight home games against Iowa.

The Griffins came out firing a season-high 16 shots to start the game but had to kill off three separate penalties through the first period. Ben Street was called for hooking less than a minute after the puck was dropped. Evgeny Svechnikov wowed the home crowd with a goal at the 4:51 mark, his first at home as a Griffin and second overall, coming off assists from Robbie Russo and Kyle Criscuolo.

Russo and Hoggan would meet up for a chat in the second after the former checked the latter into the boards. Russo doubled the Grand Rapids lead with only 49 seconds left in the second just moments later, knocking home a Matt Lorito pass  from the corner behind Wild net-minder Steve Michalek.

Colin Campbell got his first goal of the season 3:13 into the third when he redirected Dominic Turgeon’s shot into goal. Turgeon’s assist was his first professional point scored. Lorito added GR’s only power-play (1-5) goal of the night with 12:31 to go, making it 4-0 in favor of the Griffins.

Alex Tuch would score for the Wild just ten seconds later, catching Jared Coreau by surprise and out of place, ending his shutout bid. Coreau picked up his 50th AHL victory after saving 30 shots on the night.

Martin Frk made his debut for the Griffins after being claimed off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes and assigned to GR by the Red Wings. To make room on the roster, Detroit reassigned forward Zach Nastasiuk to the  Toledo Walleye.


Three Stars:

  1. GR Lorito (goal, assist)
  2. GR Russo (game-winning goal, assist)
  3. GR Coreau (W, 30 saves)

The Griffins next game is against the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7pm.