Griffins open 2016-17 season with 3-1 win over Wolves

Jared Coreau opened the season with 27 saves in goal and Mitch Callahan scored twice as the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Chicago Wolves 3-1 on Friday in their 2016-17 season opener at a sold-out Van Andel Arena.

Jared Coreau Grand Rapids Griffins The Griffins were heavy in the offensive zone early in the first period and thought they had scored on a Joe Hicketts’ snapshot at the 6:45 mark, but it was waved off because of a dislodged Wolves’ net.

Callahan would redirect a Kyle Criscuolo shot into the net just a few moments later to give the Griffins their first goal and lead of the season.

Starting the second period, Anthony Mantha sent the puck home on a power play just 35 seconds in for a 2-0 GR lead. Matt Lorito’s assist on the Mantha goal was his first point as a Griffin having just come over from Albany this year.

The Wolves found the scoreboard marker when Landon Ferraro fed Brett Sterling who beat Coreau at 15:17 of the second period, trimming the lead to 2-1. Coreau would stone Sterling at the net early in the third period to save the lead and enact a little bit of revenge for the previous goal.

Late in the game, the Wolves pulled goalie Jordan Binnington and Callahan put away an empty net goal, his 80th in a Griffins uniform(145 points).

 

Less than a minute into the third period, Coreau preserved that one-goal advantage by robbing Sterling with a glove save at the right post while sprawled face-down on the ice, drawing a wry smile and a few admiring words from Sterling as the Wolves’ sniper skated off.

Hicketts, Dominic Turgeon and Dylan Sadowy made their pro debuts.


Three Stars:

1. GR Coreau (W, 27 saves)

2. GR Callahan (two goals)

3. GR Mantha (power play goal)


Grand Rapids sold out their 21st consecutive home opener with 10,834 in attendance. (Yes, that’s a sellout every year they’ve been in existence.)

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