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Resilient Griffins Rally For 9th Straight Win
Grand Rapids sinks Admirals on Janik's overtime tally...
By Jason Kasiorek

The Grand Rapids Griffins fought back to tie the game twice before winning in in overtime to take their ninth straight victory. Veteran defenseman Doug Janik scored on a rocket of a shot 1:21 into the extra session for the win. Mattias Ritola and Patrick Rissmiller scored the other two Griffins goals. Rookie goalie Thomas McCollum was solid early, keeping the team in the game until his teammates fired it up later in the game. Center Kris Newbury had an assist to extend his streak to 7 games, one of the team record.

GR came out flat and got into penalty trouble early giving the Admirals momentum. They also allowed them a 5 on 3 powerplay which Jones took advantage of to score his first goal of the season and give Milwaukee the lead. Cal O'Reilly made a great pass to Jones who fired a shot that pinballed in behind McCollum. The Griffins were back on their heels and couldn't get much going. Late in the period Emmerton and Pare had a good chance with a 2 on 1 but Pickard made a great stop. McCollum made a scrambling play to keep the puck out, ending up on his back in the crease with his legs in the air kicking the puck out. Shots on Goal: GR 7 - Mil 14.

Grand Rapids took advantage of a powerplay in the second to tie the score at one. Newbury took a big shot from the slot, and Ritola parked near the side of the net scooped up the rebound and stroked it past Pickard, high glove side. The Griffins really carried play the first 12 minutes, outshooting Milwaukee 6-0 in that span. At times it looked like Grand Rapids was on the powerplay even though it was even strength. A pair of Griffins penalties started to shift things back in the Admirals favor, eventually scoring a powerplay goal to regain the lead. Scatchard picked up an errant puck in front and outlasted McCollum before sliding it past him low, stick-side for the score. Shots on Goal: GR 8 - Mil 10.

Tardif had a dangerous chance early on a wrap around, setting the stage for the siege on Pickard in the third period. The Griffins refused to lose and threw everything they had at the admirals net for the period, willing themselves to victory. Grand Rapids carried play for the whole period, and eventually tied the game midway through. Janik fired a point blast that was redirected by Rissmiller past a stunned Pickard low stick side. Shots on Goal: GR 11 - Mil 3.

Logan Pyett made a great play setting up Janik for a one timer that found its way into the net behind Pickard for the win. Shots on goal: GR 3 - Mil 0. For the Game: GR 29 - Mil 27.

Ritola - Newbury - Mursak
Tatar - Rismiller - Williams
Axelsson - McGrath - Tardif
Vigilante - Emmerton - Pare

Kolosov - Kindl
Crosty - Pyett
Janik - Delmore

Starter: McCollum
Backup: Larsson


Ritola - Newbury - Mursak
Williams - Delmore

Axelsson - McGrath - Tardif
Pyett - Kindl

Tatar/Emmerton - Rissmiller - Pare

Ritola - Newbury
Janik - Delmore

Rissmiller - Williams
Kolosov - Kindl

Emmerton - Vigilante

Three Stars:
3 O'Reilly - Milwaukee
2 Rissmiller - GR
1 Janik - GR


Kindl had a second straight solid outing. Apparently Janik's recall was a wake-up call to the young blueliner. Kindl battled hard in all three zones and really had a lot of velocity on his shot.

Emmerton was very active on the penalty kill, and got a lot of ice time tonight.

Newbury looked a little off tonight and was guilty of trying to force plays several times.

Frankie Pare stood out, especially late in the game. He battled and refused to give up providing a spark to the team.

Williams played one of his better games as a Griffin. He was involved at both ends and was really competing instead of just waiting for a chance to get his shot off.

McCollum looked sharp and kept his team in the game early. He didn't face a lot of dangerous chances late in the game, but made the stops he needed to.

Official Game Sheet