Griffins Top Rivermen for First Time This Season
Opponent: Grand Rapids Griffins
Date: January 29, 2011 7:35
Score(Home/Away): 2-3 L
In 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 period.
The 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 points.
The 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.
The 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.
Grand 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.
The 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.
Chris 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.
The 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.
Overall 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.
After the 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.