Griffins’ discuss upcoming playoff series vs. Manitoba

The Grand Rapids Press’s Andrew Streitel spoke with several members of the Grand Rapids Griffins regarding the team’s upcoming best-of-five playoff series against the Manitoba Moose, which kicks off with a pair of road games in Winnipeg on Saturday and Sunday:

The team was confident about their matchup against the Moose after going 6-2 against them during the regular season.

“We have been a good road team all season and we do a good job playing a simple game on the road and it’s a building we feel comfortable playing in,” said defenseman Brian Lashoff. “They are a really good team with size up front, great goaltending and special teams.”

Lashoff added that depth and execution on special teams could also help the Griffins in the series.

The Griffins finished the season on a roll at 9-1-1-1 in the final 12 games. The team played better on the road (22-10-1-5) and don’t feel stressed with the first two games at Manitoba.

“Feels like we are the underdogs and have something to prove,” Colin Campbell said after a three-goal night. “Physically we are a little worn out, but we have two days off here in a row. Everyone will be ready for them.”

Streitel continues, and Lashoff appeared on WOOD TV’s Sports Overtime with Larry Figurski on Sunday night:


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