GRAND RAPIDS, MI- After blowing a lead in game 2 and playing undisciplined in game 3, the Grand Rapids Griffins came into game 4 looking to save their season. To shake things up, Griffins would start netminder Jared Coreau over Tom McCollum and what a difference it was.
Grand Rapids started the game slow only getting three shots off in the first period. The penalty kill played a big part in the period for the Griffins though, as they stymied three Manitoba power-plays in the period and kept the game scoreless. Manitoba would go 0-for-4 on the power-play for the night.
Unlike the first period, Grand Rapids was able to find the energy to start the second. After a great pass from Griffins defensemen Robbie Russo, Matthew Ford would score top shelf at 18:25 to open the scoring. After a loose puck on the boards, Ben Street would score only a minute later on a blast Moose netminder Adam Comrie should have had. Two huge goals to end the second and give the Griffins massive momentum into the third period.
With the net pulled, Griffins veteran defenseman Brian Lashoff would score an empty net goal at 17:04 of the third period that would steal the win for Grand Rapids at 3-0. With the shutout and stopping 25 shots, Coreau was one of the keys in the win for the Griffins. Now with the win, the series moves a deciding Game 5 on Monday in a winner-take-all.
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