Griffins’ weekly press release sets up series vs. Manitoba

The Grand Rapids Griffins have filed their weekly press release, and the document prepares fans for the Griffins’ first-round playoff series against the Manitoba Moose:


This Week’s Games
GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose // Sat., April 21 // 3 p.m. EDT // Bell MTS Place
GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose // Sun., April 22 // 3 p.m. EDT // Bell MTS Place
Listen: ESPN 96.1 FM at 2:35 p.m. both days

Last Week’s Results
Wed., April 11    GRIFFINS 2 at Texas Stars 3 OT    40-25-2-7 (89 pts, 3rd)
Thu., April 12    GRIFFINS 6 at San Antonio Rampage 2    41-25-2-7 (91 pts, 3rd)
Sat., April 14    Cleveland Monsters 4 at GRIFFINS 6    42-25-2-7 (93 pts, 2nd)

2018 Calder Cup Playoffs – Central Division Semifinals – Best of Five

Game 1 Sat., April 21 GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose 3 p.m.
Game 2 Sun., April 22 GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose 3 p.m.
Game 3 Wed., April 25 Manitoba Moose at GRIFFINS 7 p.m.
*Game 4 Thu., April 26 Manitoba Moose at GRIFFINS 7 p.m.
*Game 5 Mon., April 30 Manitoba Moose at GRIFFINS 7 p.m.

* If necessary
All times Eastern and subject to change
All games on ESPN 96.1 FM and

Setting the Stage: The Griffins qualified for the postseason for the 16th time in their 22-year history with a 42-25-2-7 record, claiming the second seed in the Central Division and finishing ninth overall in the AHL. Grand Rapids will face the third-seeded Manitoba Moose (42-26-4-4, 92 pts.) in the best-of-five Central Division Semifinals, marking the fourth time the teams have squared off in the postseason and first since the 2009 North Division Semifinals. The Griffins won the season series against Manitoba by way of a 6-2 record, including a 4-0 mark in Winnipeg. The Moose are in the postseason for the first time since rejoining the AHL in 2015-16 following a four-year hiatus.

How We Got Here: At the nadir of the Griffins’ season on Dec. 21, they sat five games under 0.500 (10-15-1-3, 0.414) and were seventh in the Central Division with just 24 points, putting them 23 points behind the first-place Moose (22-5-1-2, 0.783). Since that point, Grand Rapids finished the season on a 32-10-1-4 tear (0.734) while Manitoba went 20-21-3-2 (0.489), meaning the Griffins made up 24 points in the standings to overtake the Moose.

Prior History: The Griffins and Moose will renew a rivalry that dates back to the International Hockey League days. Since 1996-97, the teams have met a combined 93 times in the regular season, with the Griffins possessing a 56-28-1-1-7 edge. The 2018 Calder Cup Playoff meeting marks the fourth all-time postseason clash between these clubs and the first since 2009. The Griffins claimed their only series win against the Moose in a seven-game classic in the 2006 North Division Finals, before Manitoba answered with a Game 7 win of its own in the 2007 North Division Semifinals and a four-game sweep of the 2009 North Division Finals. Overall, Grand Rapids is 7-11 against the Moose during the postseason, including 4-5 at home and 3-6 on the road.

Playoff Facts and Figures: Grand Rapids has won 20 of its 33 total playoff series and owns a combined 94-76 record during those games, going 48-38 on home ice and 46-38 on the road. The Griffins have advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs five consecutive years, a run matched or surpassed only by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2005-09 and 2011-16) since the AHL’s current 16-team playoff format was adopted in 2005. Grand Rapids will attempt to become the second team in AHL history to reach the second round in five straight seasons after winning the Calder Cup, joining the Cleveland Barons (1942 to 1946 after winning the Cup in 1941). During the Griffins’ streak of six straight trips to the postseason, they have two Calder Cups (2013 and 2017). In the three seasons Grand Rapids has not won the Cup, the Griffins have bowed out to a team that went on to either win the Cup (Texas in 2014 and Lake Erie in 2016) or appear in the finals (Utica in 2015). Grand Rapids is 6-3 all-time in best-of-five series, having won its last six.

First Round Success: Since the 2013 postseason, the Griffins are 15-5 in the opening round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, including nine straight victories. Grand Rapids won three consecutive to erase a 2-0 hole in the 2015 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Toronto and then went on to sweep Milwaukee in the Central Division Semifinals each of the last two seasons.

Long Runs: Over the last five postseasons, no other AHL team has played as many games (78) or series (15) or won as many games (49) or series (12) as the Griffins.

Tango and Cash: Ninth-year pro Eric Tangradi appeared in 91 games with the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-14 and totaled 10 points (4-6—10). In his third-season as a Griffin, Tangradi has feasted upon the Jets’ AHL affiliate while wearing a Grand Rapids uniform, showing 19 points (9-10—19) and a plus-seven rating in 14 regular season games against the Moose.

On the Blue Line: The Central Division Semifinals matchup will pit two of the top young defensemen in the AHL against each other, Sami Niku and Filip Hronek. Both blueliners were named to the AHL All-Rookie Team, while Niku also earned First All-Star Team distinction and became the second rookie winner in the 60-year history of the Eddie Shore Award which is given annually to the AHL’s outstanding defenseman. (League rank among rookie defensemen)

Hronek Niku
Points 39 (2nd) 54 (1st)
Goals 11 (2nd) 16 (1st)
Assists 28 (T2nd) 38 (1st)
+/- +24 (2nd) +17 (T4th)
PIM 44 (11th) 30 (n/a)
PP Points 18 (3rd) 29 (1st)
Shots 113 (7th) 139 (4th)
GP 67 (T11th) 76 (1st)

Lashing Out: Griffins defenseman Brian Lashoff is the only member of either team who participated in their last playoff meeting, a 4-0 Moose sweep of the 2009 North Division Finals. Lashoff, who was then an 18-year-old in the midst of making his pro debut with Grand Rapids after joining the club late in the regular season, has since become the franchise’s second-leading player all time in games played in both the regular season (400) and playoffs (68). Several other notable players took part in that 2009 meeting between the Griffins and Moose. Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard played all 10 postseason games in his last full-time season in Grand Rapids, his current teammate Justin Abdelkader led the Griffins with six playoff goals (6-2—8), and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty finished out his career by contributing four points (3-1—4) in 10 playoff games. On the Moose side, forward Michael Grabner and goaltender Cory Schneider (4-0 in that series with a 1.25 GAA and a 0.953 save percentage) have gone onto long NHL careers, while three-time Stanley Cup champ Mike Keane eventually hung up his skates after the 2009-10 campaign.

Between the Pipes: Jared Coreau has appeared in 12 games against the Moose in his AHL career since 2015-16 and shows an 8-3 record and a 1.50 GAA. Tom McCollum has played in five games versus Manitoba since 2010-11 and has tallied a 3-2 record in addition to a 3.69 GAA. Eric Comrie has faced the Griffins nine times since 2015-16 and is 2-7 with a 3.59 GAA. Michael Hutchinson appeared in his first three games against the Griffins this season and compiled a 2-0-1 record and a 1.98 GAA.

Coreau’s Streak: Goaltender Jared Coreau has not allowed a goal against the Moose since 4:28 of the third period in the Feb. 7 matchup in West Michigan. Coreau followed that up with back-to-back shutouts on Feb. 15 and 17 at Manitoba to own a shutout streak of 135:16 against the Moose. The 6-foot-6 netminder has not allowed a goal in Bell MTS Place since 0:53 of the first period on Jan. 10, meaning his shutout streak on Manitoba’s home ice is 178:51.

Special Teams Breakdown: Grand Rapids’ special teams edge out Manitoba, as the Griffins’ combined power play and penalty kill percentage is 104.8, compared to their adversary’s 103.9. The Griffins were the only team to finish in the top five for both power play (4th) and penalty kill (4th). Grand Rapids relied on the power play for 25.3% of its goals while Manitoba, which ranked second in power play efficiency depended on the man-advantage for 25.7% of its tallies.

Manitoba Connections: Defenseman Dylan McIlrath hails from Winnipeg…Chase De Leo, Nic Petan and Dominic Turgeon were teammates with Portland (WHL) from 2011-15 and helped the Winterhawks win the 2012-13 league championship…Buddy Robinson and Colin Campbell played together at Lake Superior State University from 2011-13…Eric Tangradi totaled 10 points (4-6—10) and 43 PIM in 91 games with the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-14…Moose rookie Mason Appleton played two seasons at Michigan State and scored 53 points (17-36—53) in 72 games…Defenseman Chris Dienes is from Traverse City, Mich., and played four seasons at Western Michigan (2013-17) compiling 41 points (11-30—41) in 127 games.

Bench Boss: The 10th head coach in Griffins franchise history, Todd Nelson has guided the Griffins to playoff appearances in all three of his seasons behind the bench. Nelson is in his eighth season as an AHL head coach, leading the Oklahoma City Barons from 2010-14 before serving as interim head coach of the Edmonton Oilers for majority of the 2014-15 campaign. This season’s playoff berth marks the seventh time in as many full seasons as an AHL head coach he has led his team to the Calder Cup Playoffs. In his previous six postseason appearances, Nelson compiled a 40-28 record and guided the Griffins to the 2017 Calder Cup. He is the third person in AHL history to have won the Cup as a player (1994 Portland), assistant coach (2008 Chicago) and head coach. Following in the footsteps of Danton Cole (2002-05), whom he served under as an assistant coach, Nelson is the second former Griffins player to be employed as Grand Rapids’ head coach. The 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs will mark Nelson’s fourth appearance in the postseason as a coach with the Griffins, as he served as an assistant on Cole’s staff during the team’s run to the 2003 Western Conference Finals. As a player, Nelson played in 25 playoff games for Grand Rapids (1997, 1998, 2002) and recorded three points (1-2—3).

Safe at Home: The Griffins have not tasted defeat on home ice in the playoffs since suffering a series-ending overtime loss in Game 6 of the Central Division Finals against Lake Erie on May 16, 2016. Grand Rapids finished 10-0 at Van Andel Arena during its Calder Cup run last spring, becoming just the fourth team in AHL history to forge a 10-game home winning streak in a single postseason.

Climbing the Charts: Alternate captain Brian Lashoff will begin his sixth postseason in Grand Rapids. A two-time Calder Cup champion, Lashoff has skated in 68 playoff games, which is second-most in franchise history. With 10 more games, he can equal fellow two-time Cup winner Nathan Paetsch as the club’s all-time leader.

Near Mirror Images: Goaltenders Jared Coreau and Tom McCollum own similar numbers with the Griffins in the playoffs. Coreau is 17-6 with a 2.74 GAA, a 0.914 save percentage and backstopped Grand Rapids to the Calder Cup last spring. McCollum is 12-9 with a 2.53 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and backed up Petr Mrazek during the Griffins’ 2013 Calder Cup run.

Back for More: Sixteen members of the Griffins’ 2017 Calder Cup championship team are members of the active roster: forwards Mike Borkowski, Colin Campbell, Matthew Ford, Axel Holmstrom, Matt Lorito, Ben Street, Evgeny Svechnikov, Eric Tangradi and Dominic Turgeon; defensemen Joe Hicketts, Filip Hronek, Brian Lashoff, Dylan McIlrath, Dan Renouf and Robbie Russo; and goaltender Jared Coreau. Of this group, Lashoff is the lone player who was also a part of the franchise’s first Calder Cup in 2013.

Experience Counts: Twenty players on the Griffins’ roster have AHL postseason experience — Mike Borkowski (0-0—0 in 1 GP), Colin Campbell (1-6—7 in 36 GP), goaltender Jared Coreau (17-6 record, 2.74 GAA in 23 GP), Corey Elkins (5-8—13 in 21 GP), Matthew Ford (13-12—25 in 40 GP), Joe Hicketts (1-7—8 in 19 GP), Axel Holmstrom (1-0—1 in 4 GP), Filip Hronek (0-0—0 in 2 GP), Brian Lashoff (4-12—16 in 68 GP), Matt Lorito (10-10—20 in 30 GP), goaltender Tom McCollum (14-11 record, 2.58 GAA in 28 GP), Dylan McIlrath (0-7—7 in 39 GP), Zach Nastasiuk (0-1—1 in 11 GP), Matt Puempel (2-0—2 in 4 GP), Dan Renouf (2-2—4 in 19 GP), Robbie Russo (1-11—12 in 28 GP), Ben Street (9-17—26 in 43 GP), Evgeny Svechnikov (5-8—13 in 21 GP), Eric Tangradi (9-26—35 in 40 GP) and Dominic Turgeon (1-1—2 in 19 GP).

Reeling in Awards: The Moose were the AHL’s most decorated squad in terms of season-ending awards. Second-year bench boss Pascal Vincent won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as outstanding coach after guiding the Moose to a 24-point improvement over last season, going from a seventh-place finish in the Central Division in 2016-17 to a Calder Cup Playoff berth this year. Vincent also coached the Central Division at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic after leading the Moose to a division-best 0.724 first-half record. This marks the second straight season Todd Nelson will match up against the league’s Coach of the Year in the playoffs. Last season, Nelson led the Griffins past Roy Sommer and the Western Conference’s regular-season champion San Jose Barracuda in five games in the conference finals. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was named a Second Team AHL All-Star after ranking among the league’s best goalies with a 2.08 GAA (3rd), a 0.935 save percentage (2nd) and two shutouts (T15th) while showing a 17-5-4 record in 26 appearances. Hutchinson also logged three games with the NHL’s Jets this season, tallying a 2-1-0 record, a 3.26 GAA and a 0.907 save percentage. Right winger Mason Appleton was named a First Team All-Star, member of the All-Rookie Team and took home the Dudley (Red) Garrett Award as the league’s outstanding rookie. Appleton led all rookies in points (22-44—66) and assists and ranked fourth overall in the league in scoring. Defenseman Sami Niku was selected for the AHL First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team before winning the Eddie Shore Award as outstanding defenseman. Niku led all rookie blueliners in points (16-38—54), goals and assists, and placed second among all league defensemen in point production.

Regular Season Series Notes: Grand Rapids earned 12 out of a possible 16 points against Manitoba in the season series while the Moose collected five points…After losing two of the season’s first three meetings, the Griffins won the campaign’s final five matchups…Dating to an April 5, 2017 overtime win in Winnipeg, the Griffins have won five consecutive games at Manitoba…Manitoba’s 7-2 victory on Oct. 7 tied Grand Rapids’ largest margin of defeat this season while Grand Rapids’ 5-0 win on Feb. 17 was Manitoba’s largest margin of defeat…The Moose were shut out three times and two came at the hands of the Griffins…Buoyed by a career-high four points (1-3—4) on Oct. 6’s season-opening win, Turner Elson tied for the team lead with six points (2-4—6) in the season series…Axel Holmstrom (2-4—6), Colin Campbell (1-5—6) and Evgeny Svechnikov (1-5—6) tied Elson…Holmstrom established an AHL career-high with three points (2-1—3) in Jan. 10’s triumph…Jared Coreau appeared in seven games against the Moose, showing a 5-1-0 record, a 1.41 GAA, a 0.955 save percentage and two shutouts…Tom McCollum split his two contests and posted a 4.90 GAA and a 0.864 save percentage.

Tale of the Tape: Here’s how the two rivals stacked up in key categories during the regular season:

Grand Rapids Manitoba
Overall Record 42-25-2-7, 93 pts. (2nd Central, 9th AHL) 42-26-4-4, 92 pts. (3rd Central, 10th AHL)
Home Record 20-15-1-2, 43 pts. (T15th) 17-17-2-2, 38 pts. (T25th)
Road Record 22-10-1-5, 50 pts. (4th) 25-9-2-2, 54 pts. (3rd)
Power Play 60-for-295, 20.3% (4th) 65-for-312, 20.8% (2nd)
Penalty Killing 251-for-297, 84.5% (4th) 285-for-343, 83.1% (T13th)
Penalty Minutes 12.03 avg. (19th) 14.74 avg. (6th)
Goals For 3.12 avg. (9th) 3.33 avg. (4th)
Goals Against 2.76 avg. (7th) 2.61 avg. (5th)
Shots For 32.30 avg. (3rd) 31.21 avg. (7th)
Shots Against 29.84 avg. (14th) 31.17 avg. (22nd)
Team Leaders
Games Played Dylan McIlrath, Corey Elkins (76) Mason Appleton, Sami Niku (76)
Goals Eric Tangradi (31) Buddy Robinson (25)
Assists Ben Street (44) Appleton (44)
Points Street (65) Appleton (66)
Plus/Minus Filip Hronek (+24) Peter Stoykewych (+28)
Penalty Minutes McIlrath (119) Brendan Lemieux (170)
Power Play Goals Matthew Ford (12) Michael Spacek, Niku (10)
Shorthanded Goals Elkins (2) Patrice Cormier (3)
Game-Winning Goals Matt Lorito, Tangradi (5) JC Lipon, Appleton (6)
Wins Jared Coreau (21) Eric Comrie (18)
Shutouts Coreau (2) Comrie, Michael Hutchinson (2)
Goals Against Avg. Coreau (2.52) Hutchinson (2.08)
Save Percentage Coreau (0.913) Hutchinson (0.935)

2017-18 Griffins vs. Moose Head-to-Head:

Grand Rapids Manitoba
Overall Record 6-2-0-0 2-5-1-0
Home Record 2-2-0-0 0-3-1-0
Road Record 4-0-0-0 2-2-0-0
Power Play 5-for-34, 14.7% 4-for-32, 12.5%
Penalty Kill 28-for-32, 87.5% 29-for-34, 85.3%
Goals For 26, 3.25 avg. 17, 2.13 avg.
Shots For 281, 35.13 avg. 258, 32.25 avg.

Oct. 6 – Griffins 5, Moose 2  – Van Andel Arena
The Griffins raised their 2017 Calder Cup banner to the arena’s rafters pregame and then showed no signs of a championship hangover by scoring three times in the opening period. Turner Elson, skating in his first game as a Griffin, produced a career-high four points (1-3—4) and linemate Colin Campbell added three points (1-2—3) of his own.
First Period: GR Sproul (Street, Tangradi) 8:41-PP; GR Turgeon (Campbell, Elson) 10:14-EV; GR Campbell (Elson, Lashoff) 17:15-EV
Second Period: MB Maclise (Schilling) 3:22-SH; GR Elson (Campbell) 17:05-EV
Third Period: MB Stoykewych (Robinson, Sgarbossa) 9:37-EV; GR McIlrath (Elson, Turgeon) 18:25-EV
Shots: GR 22 (9-10-3), MB 29 (7-10-12)
Goalies: GR Coreau (W, 27-29), MB Comrie (L, 17-22)
PP: GR 1-4, MB 0-4

Oct. 7 – Moose 7, Griffins 2 – Van Andel Arena
A widespread power outage in downtown Grand Rapids forced a one-hour delay to the start of the game, but the switch never turned on for the Griffins. The seven goals were the most allowed by the Griffins at home since April 18, 2015 and brought an abrupt end to their 13-game winning streak at Van Andel Arena, which stretched back to the final two games of the 2016-17 regular season and included a historic 10-0 playoff run.
First Period: MB Lemieux (Spacek, Melchiori) 1:14-EV; MB Connor (Roslovic, Lemieux) 9:09-PP; MB Connor (Roslovic, Niku) 11:50-EV; GR Russo (Hicketts, Holmstrom) 16:35-PP
Second Period: GR Lashoff (Campbell, Elson) 4:10-EV; MB Robinson (Sgarbossa, Schilling) 10:11-EV; MB Roslovic (Connor) 14:13-EV; MB Sgarbossa (Niku, De Leo) 14:54-PP; MB Sgarbossa (Lemieux) 15:05-EV
Third Period: None
Shots: GR 38 (12-8-18), MB 38 (12-17-9)
Goalies: GR McCollum (L, 18-24), GR Coreau (ND, 13-14), MB Hutchinson (W, 36-38)
PP: GR 1-2, MB 2-7

Nov. 24 – Moose 3, Griffins 1 – Van Andel Arena
The Moose tallied two goals in the game’s opening 8:01 and Michael Hutchinson recorded 37 saves to propel Manitoba to victory. Turner Elson scored Grand Rapids’ lone goal in the second frame, which prompted 4,000 teddy bears to be tossed onto the Van Andel Arena ice.
First Period: MB Cormier (Niku, Lemieux) 1:05-EV; MB Appleton (Lemieux, Petan) 8:01-PP
Second Period: GR Elson 2:42-EV
Third Period: MB Lipon (De Leo, Sgarbossa) 11:24-EV
Shots: GR 38 (9-15-14), MB 30 (12-7-11)
Goalies: GR Coreau (L, 27-30), MB Hutchinson (W, 37-38)
PP: GR 0-8, MB 1-6

Jan. 8 – Griffins 3, Moose 2 OT – Bell MTS Place
Rookie defenseman Filip Hronek potted the game-winner 3:21 into overtime after Manitoba tied the game with a pair of goals in the final 2:37 of regulation.
First Period: GR Ford (Svechnikov, Holmstrom) 1:59-EV; GR Tangradi 15:00-EV
Second Period: None
Third Period: MB Schilling (Poolman, Appleton) 17:23-EV; MB Petan (Cormier) 17:59-EV
OT: GR Hronek (Svechnikov, Lashoff) 3:21-EV
Shots: GR 33 (15-9-7-2), MB 35 (16-9-10-0)
Goalies: GR McCollum (W, 33-35), MB Hutchinson (OTL, 30-33)
PP: GR 0-3, MB 0-3

Jan. 10 – Griffins 5, Moose 1 – Bell MTS Place
The Griffins won their third straight at Manitoba and handed the Moose only their seventh regulation loss of the season through 37 games. Axel Holmstrom scored an AHL career-high three points (2-1—3).
First Period: MB Robinson (Appleton) 0:53-EV; GR Lorito (Lashoff) 1:21-EV; GR Elkins (Shine, Russo) 19:16-EV
Second Period: GR Holmstrom (Svechnikov, Russo) 14:01-PP
Third Period: GR Holmstrom (Ford, McIlrath) 2:34-EV; GR McIlrath (Ford, Holmstrom) 18:12-EV
Shots: GR 31 (10-12-9), MB 33 (18-10-5)
Goalies: GR Coreau (W, 32-33), MB Comrie (L, 26-31)
PP: GR 1-4, MB 0-4

Feb. 7 – Griffins 4, Moose 2 – Van Andel Arena
The Griffins improved to 15-3-0-2 (0.800) in their last 20 games overall and claimed their third win against the Moose in as many tries since the calendar’s turn to 2018. Grand Rapids stopped Manitoba’s six-game point streak while extending its own streak to seven games (6-0-0-1).
First Period: GR Svechnikov (Russo, Holmstrom) 3:51-PP; MB Robinson (Appleton, Niku) 7:27-PP; GR Russo (Saarijarvi, Svechnikov) 19:17-PP
Second Period: GR Hronek (Ford, Svechnikov) 2:33-EV
Third Period: MB Robinson (Appleton, Cormier) 4:28-EV; GR Lorito (Elkins) 19:38-EN
Shots: GR 39 (17-12-10), MB 27 (8-9-10)
Goalies: GR Coreau (W, 25-27), MB Comrie (L, 35-38)
PP: GR 2-5, MB 1-2

Feb. 15 – Griffins 1, Moose 0 – Bell MTS Place
Jared Coreau logged his first shutout of the season and 12th career in the AHL. Grand Rapids blanked Manitoba for the first time since Oct. 15, 2010 when Joey MacDonald made 25 saves in a 1-0 win at the Moose. Matt Lorito scored the game-winner, his second GWG in the last three outings. Grand Rapids won its fourth straight game at Bell MTS Place.
First Period: None
Second Period: GR Lorito 11:18-EV
Third Period: None
Shots: GR 38 (13-15-10), MB 28 (9-13-6)
Goalies: GR Coreau (W, 28-28), MB Phillips (L, 37-38)
PP: GR 0-5, MB 0-2

Feb. 17 – Griffins 5, Moose 0 – Bell MTS Place
Jared Coreau
tallied a season-high 38 saves and notched his second consecutive shutout to become the first Griffin with shutouts in back-to-back starts since Petr Mrazek on Feb. 27-28. Dominic Turgeon recorded his first career hat trick. Five goals marked the Griffins’ largest margin of victory this season. Grand Rapids won its fifth consecutive game at Manitoba. The Griffins finished the regular season with a shutout streak of 135:52 versus the Moose.
First Period: GR Street (Tangradi, Lashoff) 11:57-EV; GR Turgeon (Hronek) 18:16-EV
Second Period: GR Turgeon (Lorito, Campbell) 16:12-EV
Third Period: GR Turgeon (Campbell) 3:00-SH; GR Tangradi 17:08-EV
Shots: GR 42 (16-12-14), MB 38 (11-17-10)
Goalies: GR Coreau (W, 38-38), MB Phillips (L, 37-42)
PP: GR 0-3, MB 0-4

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