RIVERMEN WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT VS. GRIFFINS
Taylor Chorney tied the
game with 2:29 remaining in regulation, and Jani Hakanpaa scored the
game-winning goal in overtime as the Peoria Rivermen came back to beat the
Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 Saturday night at Van Andel Arena. The win was
Peoria’s seventh straight against Grand Rapids and pushed their record to 7-2-0
against the Griffins this season.
After a scoreless first
frame, the Rivermen scored the game’s first goal just 43 seconds into the
second period. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette beat Petr Mrazek under the glove for
his second goal of the season. T.J. Hensick and Evgeny Grachev assisted on the
Grand Rapids took the
lead with two goals in 20 seconds, both from Landon Ferraro. Ferraro’s 22nd
goal of the season came at the 9:13 mark of the second period and was assisted
by Jeff Hoggan and Tomas Jurco. Ferraro scored his second goal of the night to
give the Griffins a 2-1 lead at 9:33 with Francis Pare and Tomas Tatar earning
assists on the tally.
Jani Lajunen tied the
game at 14:23 of the second period. A goalmouth scramble resulted in Lajunen
scoring his first goal as a Rivermen. Andrew Murray and Grachev got credit for
The Griffins reclaimed
the lead with a goal by Francis Pare 4:07 into the third. Pare jumped on a
rebound to score his 22nd goal of the year. Tatar and Adam Almquist
assisted on the go-ahead goal.
The Rivermen tied the game
on their first power-play chance of the night with 2:29 remaining in
regulation. Chorney scored the game-tying goal. Grachev and Hensick assisted on
Chorney’s fourth goal of the season.
Just 20 seconds into
overtime, Hakanpaa scored his first goal of the season to give Peoria the win.
Hakanpaa took a wrist shot that went under the pads of Mrazek and into the
Peoria was outshot 32-27.
The Rivermen went 1-for-1 on the power play while Grand Rapids went 0-for-2.
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