The Grand Rapids Griffins have started the season with two wins for the fifth time in franchise history by sweeping their home-and-home series against the Chicago Wolves with a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
Anthony Mantha beat Wolves goalie Ville Husso on a breakaway 14:32 into the opening period. Robbie Russo made it a two-goal advantage during a 5-on-3 power play with 14.5 seconds left in the first off of Mitch Callahan’s Magic Johnson-like, backhand feed.
Matt Lorito continued his point streak for a 3-0 lead 8:05 into the middle frame. Joe Hicketts’ wrist shot deflected off Lorito in the slot that fell into the net for his first goal in a Grand Rapids uniform. Lorito recorded an assist in his Griffins debut Friday.
Chicago’s Vince Dunn scored two points in the second period. Netting a goal and assisting on a Brad Hunt scor to cut the Griffins lead to 4-2.
Evgeny Svechnikov scored his first professional goal, driving the last side and banking a pass in off Husso, as GR regained a two-goal advantage with 4:09 remaining.
Grand Rapids finished 1-for-6 on the power play. Jared Coreau stopped 23 of 25 shots, earning his second win in as many nights. Eric Tangradi played in his 300th AHL game.
1. GR Mantha (goal)
2. GR Coreau (W, 23 saves)
3. CHI Dunn (goal, assist)
The Griffins stay on the road, visiting the Iowa Wild at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT.