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10/16 GDT: Grand Rapids @ Rochester

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Sunday October 16th, 6:05pm CST

Grand Rapids Griffins (1-1-0-0) @ Rochester Americans (1-2-0-0)



The Griffins hit the road to take on the Rochester Americans. It will mark the start of their grueling 8 day road trip in which they will play 6 games. The Griffins claimed their first points of the season by defeating Toronto 3-2 on Friday. The Amerks have made a rough start to the season conceding 11 goals in just three games so the Griffins perhaps catch them at a good time. Griffins coach Curt Fraser has been impressed with his young squad, highlighting the strong performance of all 4 lines, as well as the outstanding goaltending of Joey MacDonald. After being the reserve for the first two games, Jordan Pearce may get the start tonight.


Nyquist – Andersson – Conner

Tatar – Johnson – Pare

Coetzee – Raedeke – Parkes

Ferraro – Aubry – Callahan


Janik - Ehrhardt

Exelby – Lashoff

Pyett – Amadio




Team leaders:

Goals: Coetzee (2), 3 tied (1)

Assists: Conner (3), Nyquist (2)

Point: Conner, Nyquist (3), Coetzee (2)

PIMS: Amadio (11), Callahan (10)

Plus/Minus: 6 tied (+1)


• Willie Coetzee: 2 game goal streak

• Gustav Nyquist: 2 game point streak (1-2-3)

• Chris Conner: 2 game point streak (0-3-3)


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Pearce gets lit up. The Griffins were on the wrong side of an 7-2 scoreline at Rochester on Sunday evening. Despite going toe to toe on the shots tally,32-32 the Griffins couldnt put more than 2 past the Americans former Griffins goalie Drew MacIntyre. At the other end Pearce had a night he would sooner forget giving up all 7 goals, but it wasnt just goalie who had an off night as all the Griffins skaters except the impressive Nyquist, Exelby and Ferraro ended the night with a minus stat. The young Swede keeps up his point per game ratio with a goal

and Conner also chipped in with an assist on both goals making him the only other Griffin with a point in all 3 games. Tatar scored the other goal to make it a 1 goal game at 2-3 but the Americans then hit 4 unanswered tallies giving the final score a rather lob sided view.

Just over 3500 were at the Blue cross arena to witness their team double their goal tally for the season.

The Griffins next game is tuesday in Hamilton to face the Bulldogs, lets hope they fare a bit better.

Edited by Andy Pred 48

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Goaltending and defence will continue to be a problem, I see.

Glad to see Nyquist and Tatar score. Disappointed that Aubry was a healthy scratch already, I really don't see the point in keeping him up if he's going to be a healthy scratch every second game. Back to juniors.

And this team will be much better when Smith returns so Ehrhardt sits.

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