GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Entering play on Friday, the Grand Rapids Griffins hold a record of 10-13-3. They sit in sixth place in the Central Division. Last night, the Griffins were able to snap a three-game losing skid by beating the Iowa Wild, 4-3, in a thrilling comeback win. The Griffins will be home tonight to play the Chicago Wolves and will host the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night. Tyler Bertuzzi appeared in the Griffins lineup after he played for the Detroit Red Wings last Saturday during their 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Matt Lorito, Matt Puempel, and Turner Elson all sat out the game against the Wild due to injuries.
Three Losses in Three Nights
Last week, the Griffins played three games in three straight nights. This is common for many teams in the AHL due to arena availability. This scenario plays out two or three times a year for Grand Rapids.
On Friday night, the Griffins hosted the Rockford IceHogs for the first time this season. Rockford has had the Griffins number this year by winning the previous three games in Rockford earlier this season. Rockford would win the game 4-1. The following night did not go any better for the defending Calder Cup Champions. Rockford jumped on the Griffins quickly and scored often and beat Grand Rapids, 7-2. Sunday night was a game the Griffins would tell you they should have won. They outshot the Wild 34 to 20 over the last two periods but could only find the back of the net once in a 2-1 defeat. The lone Griffins goal came from recently recalled Zach Nastasiuk who was playing in his first game with the Griffins this season. Rookie Dominik Shine scored his second career goal in Saturday’s loss.
Ben Street was outstanding in the Griffins comeback victory over the Iowa Wild. Street scored two goals in regulation and scored the game-winning shootout goal to help the Griffins snap their three-game slide.
Dylan Sadowy is continuing to struggle with finding his game. He was sent to the Toledo Walleye back on November 20th to collect some more ice time. In eight games with the Walleye, Sadowy has one goal and three assists equaling four points. The Detroit Red Wings traded for Sadowy before the 2016-2017 season. They liked his speed and that fact that he was a 40+ goal scorer on the OHL. His game has not translated to the pro ranks.
The Griffins will play tonight and Saturday night inside of the Van Andel Arena. Tonight’s matchup will feature the Chicago Wolves who are sitting in last place in the Central Division with a record of 8-12-5. The Griffins beat the Wolves on December 2nd in Chicago, 5-2. Chicago blanked the Griffins on November 3rd, 2-0 in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids has a 2-1 season series lead on the Wolves with their second win coming during their first game of the season all the way back on October 27th. Matt Lorito recorded a hat trick in the 5-3 win.
The Griffins will conclude their three-game homestand when Milwaukee Admirals make their way to Grand Rapids on Saturday night for the second time this season. The Admirals are in fourth place in the Central Division with a record of 12-11-1. The last time these two met up, the Griffins beat the Admirals at home, 2-1. On November 1st, the Griffins went into Milwaukee and doubled up the Admirals 6-3. The Griffins and Admirals have played each other in the first round of the playoffs each of the previous two post-seasons with the Griffins sweeping both times.