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The Grand Rapids Griffins made an impressive home debut last night in defeated the Abbotsford Heat 5-3. The Griffins found themselves in an early 2-0 hole but regrouped by scoring 5 of the next 6 goals. Larsson was shaky early but responded to make 25 saves and get his first win of the season. Michael Nylander had a 3 assist debut for the Griffins as he impressed on the PP with his poise and ability to control the puck.
The only concern to come from last night was the injuries to Delmore and Axelsson. Delmore injured a shoulder late whereas Axelsson's injury is unknown as the winger missed the 3rd period. The status of the pair is unknown as of now but waiting in the wings are Detroit prospects Pare and Ehrhardt to take their place should the two miss. The Griffins will seek to gain revenge for their narrow 3-2 loss to Toronto exactly two weeks prior. Tomas Tatar will continue to push to impress as a decision on the location of his immediate playing future looms.
Axelsson - Nylander - Tardif
Ritola - Newbury - Mursak
Tatar - Rissmiller - Williams
Emmerton - McGrath - Vigilante
Kindl - Delmore
Kolosov - Janik
Crosty - Pyett
Goals: Axelsson, Delmore, McGrath, Mursak, Williams, Newbury (2)
Assists: Janik (4), Ritola, Nylander (3)
Points: Janik (5), Axelsson, Ritola (4)
PIM: Newbury (22), Crosty (19)
Plus/Minus: Janik (+3), Ehrhardt (+2),
* Second of three games in consecutive nights for the Griffins.
* Jan Mursak has scored as many goals this season as he did in 2008/09 (2).
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