Matthew Ford scored twice for the Grand Rapids Griffins and Colin Campbell added a goal of his own, but the Chicago Wolves were too much for the Griffins as they beat the defending Calder Cup Champions by a final score of 6-3. Both teams were deadlocked at three goals apiece after the second intermission but the Wolves scored three times in the final frame to double up the Griffins. Grand Rapids will host the Milwaukee Admirals for the final game of their three-game homestand. With the loss, the Griffins now have a record of 10-14-3. Chicago improved to 9-12-5.
Chicago scored the only goal of the first period when Tomas Hyka scored from the right faceoff circle. Jason Garrison had the assist.
Ford would eventually even the contest 1:30 into the middle period with the assist coming from Campbell. Chicago goalie Max Lagace was caught out of position after Campbell’s shot deflected off of defenders skate and Ford was there to bury it.
Campbell would put the Griffins ahead with just over two minutes remaining in the second period. But Chicago scored twice in 1:02 with goals coming from Garrison and Beau Bennett.
Grand Rapids would counter as they headed to a power play with nine seconds left in the period. Ford scored his second goal of the night with five seconds left and the game stood 3-3 after two periods.
The Griffins could not shake multiple penalties and were down two men two times and that lead to the Wolves taking the lead and never looking back. Brett Sterling scored off a deflection to put Chicago up 4-3.
Tobias Lindbergh and Hyka would add goals to help Chicago seal the victory, 6-3.
Jared Coreau finished the night with 19 saves while Lagace was solid in net stopping 29.
The Griffins were without Turner Elson, Matt Puempel, and Matt Lorito. Eric Tangradi left the game in the third period after taking a shot off of his head and did not return.
Three Stars: 1. CHI-Hyka (two goals, four points) 2. GR-Ford (two goals, assist) 3. CHI- Garrison (goal, two assists)