SAN JOSE, CA – The Grand Rapids Griffins traveled to San Jose to play the San Jose Barracuda for the first time since beating them in five games in the 2017 Western Conference Finals.
The defending champs did not wait too long to get things started. Dominic Turgeon scored his first of two goals just 1:51 into the opening period. Axel Holmstrom was credited with the assist.
Corey Elkins scored his first goal as a Griffin and his first AHL in nearly five years. Axel Holmstrom picked up the assist once again for Grand Rapids after Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick gave up a rebound right to Elkins who was waiting right on the doorstep to tap it in.
The Griffins went into the locker room after the first period leading 2-0.
Turner Elson continued his fast start to the season by scoring his second goal of the season just over two minutes into the second frame. Colin Campbell had the lone assist on the goal.
Matt Lortio scored his first goal of the season with a shot from the slot to give Grand Rapids a commanding 4-0 lead. Lorito was the Griffins’ offensive leader a season ago.
Under a minute later, Matt Carey, who is currently on a PTO with Grand Rapids, scored his first goal as a Griffins off deflected shot from Joe Hicketts. The Griffins were up 5-0 after two periods. Troy Grosenick was pulled for Antoine Bibeau.
Dominic Turgeon scored his second goal of the game to add to the Griffins lead at 6-0.
The Barracuda finally got on the board when Brandon Mashinter scored for San Jose. They would add another goal from Radim Simek and still trailed 6-2.
Elson scored his second goal of the night for Grand Rapids to make it a 7-2 advantage. San Jose would add one more on a goal from Brandon Bollig.
The Griffins had a perfect night on the penalty kill not allowing a goal in four San Jose power play chances. Jared Coreau stopped 26 of 29 shots for his second win of the season.
Grand Rapids will be in California for one more game as they face the Stockton Heat tonight at 9 P.M.