Griffins Top Rivermen for First Time This Season
front of a season-high crowd of 7,369 at Carver Arena, the Grand Rapids
Griffins beat the Peoria Rivermen 3-2 on Saturday night. It broke Peoria’s
10-game winning streak against Grand Rapids, dating back to 5, 2009. Jake Allen stopped 33 Griffins shots but Chris
Minard scored the game winner on one of eight Griffins power plays in the third
Rivermen head into the all-star break with a record of 28-16-2-1 and 59 points.
The Rivermen now sit in fourth place in the West Division behind a three-way
tie for first place with Milwaukee, San Antonio and Houston all with 60
Rivermen struck on their first power play of the game at 5:39 of the opening
period. Dave Spina redirected Phil Mcrae’s shot through the five-hole of Jordan
Pearce for his seventh of the year. Nathan Oystrick also picked up an assist on
the goal, his 11th power play assist of the year.
Griffins evened things up at 5:21 of the middle frame on their third power play
of the game. Cory Emmerton let a shot go from the point that Jamie Tardif
deflected into the pads of Allen. He
collected his own rebound and wrapped it around the outstretched goaltender for
his 15th of the season.
Rapids took the lead for the first time of the game, and for good, at 10:21 of
the second on Jan Mursak’s 11th of the year. Mursak was left alone
in the slot and his wrist shot beat Allen low-blocker side. Derek Meech and
Tardif picked up the assists on the goal.
Griffins scored their final goal on the power play 4:50 into the third. Doug
Janik blasted a low slap shot from the right point and it was tipped out of
mid-air past Allen by Chris Minard.
Porter put Peoria back within one after Allen had been brought to the bench for
the extra attacker. With traffic in
front of Pearce, Porter let go of a slapshot from the high slot for his seventh
of the season. It was his third goal in
five games since being reassigned by St. Louis.
Rivermen were assessed 36 of their 46 penalty minutes for the game in the third
period. They spent 10:54 shorthanded in
the third period alone. Grand Rapids
outshot Peoria 16-5 in the third and 36-25 in the game.
the Griffins were 2-for-11 on the power play, marking the most power plays for
a Rivermen opponent this season. The
Rivermen finished 1-for-5.
All-Star Break, the Rivermen head to Oklahoma City for a pair of games with the
Barons, beginning on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.