GRAND RAPIDS, MI- The term “Calder Cup Hangover” seems to be true for the Griffins. Their latest stumble came at the hands of the Texas Stars as Grand Rapids fell to 8-10-0-2 on Wednesday night extending their winless streak to four games. The rematch between both teams is set for Friday night in Grand Rapids.
The first period did not provide many scoring chances and the frame ended with both teams tied at 0. Grand Rapids opened the scoring when they capitalized on a miscue from Stars goalie Landon Bow. Bow attempted to pass the puck just to the left of his net but the pass was intercepted by Colin Campbell who immediately buried the puck for a shorthanded goal giving the Griffins a 1-0 lead.
Texas would eventually tie the game right after the power play expired. Curtis McKenzie scored on a nifty feed from Justin Dowling beating Jared Coreau for a backdoor goal. McKenzie would score again to give the Stars a 2-1 lead by jamming home a loose puck near Coreau.
Just over a minute into the third period, Tyler Bertuzzi knotted the game at two goals apiece with the assist coming from Robbie Russo. Unfortunately for Grand Rapids, that would be all they could muster. McKenzie later added his third goal of the night completing his hat trick and put the Stars up 3-2 and they never looked back. Max French and Travis Morin would both add goals for the 5-2 final score.
Jared Coreau made 24 saves in the loss while Landon Bow was stellar in the Stars net stopping 27 shots. The Griffins finished the night 0-for-6 on the power play and are 0-for-16 over their previous three games. At one point, the Griffins had a 5-on-3 advantage but could not convert.
1. TEX-McKenzie (hat trick)
2. TEX-Morin (goal, assist)
3. GR-Bertuzzi (goal)
Grand Rapids, currently sitting in sixth in the Central Division, will remain at home to take on the Stars once again on Friday night. Then the Griffins travel to take on the Chicago Wolves Saturday night.