ROCKFORD, IL – The Grand Rapids Griffins continued to lack offensive consistency on Friday night, falling to the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in a shootout.
The Griffins finished their three-game road trip and now have a record of 2-2-0-1. They return home tonight to host the Hershey Bears who fell to the Milwaukee Admirals last night, 4-1.
Rockford got on the board just about four minutes into the game when Anthony Louis scored a power-play goal. Laurent Dauphin was credited with the helper on the play.
Eric Tangradi tied the game at one scoring his first goal of the season for the Griffins. Ben Street stole a Rockford pass who then found Dylan Mcilrath who found Tangradi who scored on a shot between the legs of Rockford net under Jean-Francois Berube. The score remained tied at one after the first period.
Rockford went ahead in the middle frame when Luke Johnson beat Jared Coreau on his glove side for a goal.
The Griffins had been peppering Berube but could not find the back of the net. They found themselves on a power play with just over two minutes left in the contest. With under a minute and a half left in regulation, Eric Tangradi scored his second goal of the game when a Ryan Sproul shot deflected off of him and went into the net.
The extra five-minute frame was exciting front the get-go. Both team had breakaways and odd man rushes but could not score the decisive goal. The game went into a shootout.
Former Griffin Tomas Jurco lead off the round by beating Jared Coreau on his glove side. The Griffins came up empty in all three attempts and Rockford took the match 3-2.
Coreau had another solid night stopping 36 shots.
Evgeny Svechnikov made it season debut and had one shot on goal. Grand Rapids will host the Hershey Bears tonight with puck drop coming just after 7 P.M.