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[GDT] 10/3 - Grand Rapids @ Peoria

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Grand Rapids Griffins (0-0-0-0) @ Peoria Rivermen (0-0-0-0)
7:00 pm CDT



The Grand Rapids Griffins kick-off their 2009/10 season when they take on St.Louis Blues affiliate Peoria Rivermen. So tomorrow it will both the main and development clubs of the Wings and Blues going head-to-head. Tomas Tatar will make his debut for the Griffins and will look to impress in order to keep his spot on the team. There are 10 new faces for the Griffins and top goaltending prospect Thomas McCollum will make his AHL debut.

Strangely enough the Griffins do not play another game until next Saturday, also on the road. They open the season with 5 straight road games and don't have a home game until October 23. Dick Axelsson has been practicing with the team followiing his injury and should be ready to play shortly but I doubt he's ready to go tonight. Jan Mursak might be a healthy scratch but it will probably be a game time decision.

Projected lines:

Ritola - Newbury - Williams
Lemieux - McGrath - Pare
May - Emmerton - Tardif
Walsh - Vigilante - Tatar


Kindl - Janik
Kolosov - Delmore
Pyett - Ehrhardt




* The successful line of Lemieux/McGrath/Pare is likely to be re-united.
* Two highly touted prospects in McCollum and Tatar will make their debuts.


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Underway! Lines look a litttle something like this:

Ritola - Newbury - Williams

Lemieux - McGrath - Pare

Axelsson - Emmerton - Tardif

Crosty - Vigilante - Mursak

Tatar isn't playing. :blink: Unless he's injured, I doubt the Wings will be happy.

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Griffins win 3-1 win! :thumbup:

McCollum 23 saves and 2nd star, certainly a nice pro debut.

The scoring went like this:

2. GR Delmore, (1) (Axelsson, Tardif), 11:58

2. GR McGrath, (1) (Pare), 14:52

3. GR Axelsson, (1) , 19:57 (EN/PP)

Nice start for Axelsson and McCollum.

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