GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Griffins seem to have found their offensive groove after struggling to score at the beginning of the season.

One game after the Griffins scored five goals to beat the Texas Stars 5-1, the Griffins offense erupted for six more goals as they handled the San Antonio Rampage today by a score of 6-3. In two games this season, the Griffins have outscored San Antonio 13-7.

The first period was scoreless but the Griffins had a number of scoring chances. Matt Puempel, who has been on fire as of late, opened the scoring for the Griffins. The Griffins found themselves with a two-man advantage before Puempel fired a shot from the circle to put the Griffins ahead 1-0.

San Antonio would answer back. The Rampage would tie the game at one coming on a goal from Samuel Blais. They took advantage of a Dylan Mcilrath penalty, and a couple of minutes later, grabbed a 2-1 lead. The power play goal from the Rampage snapped the Griffins streak of 27 consecutive penalties that they had killed off.

The Griffins would tie the game on a power play goal from Captain Matt Ford. Ford was all alone near the crease and Matt Lorito slid the puck to a wide-open Ford who buried it for his fifth goal of the year.

Grand Rapids took the lead once and for all after a goal from Eric Tangradi. Tangradi had just left the penalty box before scoring the go-ahead tally. Tangradi collected a shot that rebounded off of the end boards for the goal. A few seconds later, Filip Hronek added his second goal of the season to put the Griffins ahead 4-2. Hronek fired a shot from the point off an assist from Dan Renouf.

Joe Hicketts later scored to increase the Griffins lead to 5-2 and that spelled the end of the day for Rampage goalie Spencer Martin. Ville Husso replaced Martin.

The Rampage ended up pulling Husso with just under six minutes left in the game and Tage Thompson added a goal for the Rampage. Corey Elkins would later add an empty net goal for the Griffins and the scored ended at 6-3 with the Griffins taking the contest for their second consecutive win over San Antonio this season.

Tom McCollum earned the win for the Griffins stopping 35 shots.

Next up for the Griffins is a trip to Des Moines, Iowa for a matchup with the Iowa Wild for the first time this season. Game time is set for just after 8 P.M.

Three Stars

  1. GR-Tangradi (goal, two points)
  2. GR-Lorito (two points)
  3. SA-Blais (two points)

    Next up for the Griffins is a trip to Des Moines, Iowa for a matchup with the Iowa Wild for the first time this season. Game time is set for just after 8 P.M.

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