Happy Camper Overtime Hero in 3-2 Win Over Moose|
Campbell returns after 13 game absence on injury list ...
By Jason Kasiorek
November 17th, 2018
The Grand Rapids Griffins won a battle of the cellar dwellars, rallying to win a 3-2 overtime bout from the Manitoba Moose. Dominic Turgeon scored 33 seconds into the third period to break a 1-1 tie, but the Griffins couldn't hold on and allowed a tying goal with 35 seconds left in the period. That set the stage for Carter Camper to play the role of the hero as he converted on a 2-on-1 with Chris Terry to give the home team the win. Chris Terry notched his 11th to put the Griffins on the board in the first, followed by Turgeon (2) and Camper (4). Harri Sateri gave up 2 goals on 16 shots to pick up his 5th win of the season.
JC Lipon got one by Harri Sateri midway through the period, but the Griffins answered right back. Turner Elson centered a pass from the circle through traffic to the front of the net, and Chris Terry with speed just got his stick ahead of the defender to tip it past Comrie. The Griffins powerplay looking dangerous, cranking several quality chances at Comrie and a couple of the post and crossbar. Shots on goal: GR 6 - Man 9.
Good scoring chance in front and the rebound was loose in front. Several Griffins jamming away at the loose puck resulting in a big jam pile in front of the net. Ryan White took the opportunity to rough up Hicketts while the diminutive defenseman was on his knees which drew a crowd. Lipon took a whack at Hicketts a few minutes later as the Moose all seem to be trying to get a piece of him. Two-on-one for Elson and Christoffer Ehn, Ehn great pass across and Elson just slid it wide. The second period has been mostly a special team’s battle as the large number of penalties has left both teams shorthanded for large chunks. Shots on goal: GR 9 - Man 5.
Dominic Turgeon in front of the net, spun around and flicked the puck in over Comrie for a 2-1 lead. Turgeon with a steal and another dangerous chance just about extended the lead to two. Then Colin Campbell had a poke at the rebound but Comrie got a piece of it. Two-on-one for the Griffins with Filip Hronek and Turgeon going in on Comrie. Hronek made a sick play to drag the puck around the diving defenseman for a dangerous shot. Comrie skated to the bench for an extra attacker late in the period. The Griffins trying to hold the fort as the Moose set up in their zone, blocking shots left and right. Ford got stung by a shot, and the rebound deflected past Sateri to tie the game with 34 seconds left. Shots on goal: GR 9 - Man 2.
Early in the OT the Griffins got another odd man rush, Camper and Terry on a two-on-one. Camper froze Comrie, slid across the front of the net and buried it in the open side for a 3-2 extra session win. Shots on goal: GR 1 - Man 0. For the game: GR 25 - Man 16.
#73 Puempel - #23 Turgeon - #45 Colin Campbell
#15 Elson - #19 Camper - #25 Terry
#55 Ford - #26 Ehn - #11 Zadina
#54 Smith - #10 Holmstrom - #65 Shine
#18 Lashoff - #13 Hronek
#4 Sulak - #9 Saarijarvi
#27 Chelios - #2 Joe Hicketts
Starter: #29 Harri Sateri<
Backup: #42 Patrik Rybar
#52 McIlrath (Injured)
#10 Holmstrom - #23 Turgeon - #11 Zadina
#13 Hronek - #9 Saarijarvi/#2 Hicketts
#55 Ford - #15 Elson – #25 Terry
#73 Puempel - #19 Camper
#15 Elson - #26 Ehn
#18 Lashoff - #2 Hicketts
#45 Campbell - #23 Turgeon
#27 Chelios - #13 Hronek
Aside from Camper's overtime heroics, the story of the game may have been the return of Colin Campbell from a concussion which caused him to miss the last 13 games. He didn't play a whole lot, but showed flashes of his normal aggressive demeanor, especially on the penalty kill.
Veteran Chris Terry kept up his hot streak, notching his 10th goal in his last 11 games and moving within one point of the top 20 in league scoring. He has shown some great chemistry with fellow vet Carter Camper, and the two have been scoring much more frequently as of late.
Hronek had a solid game, doing a good job of moving the puck up and generating shots. He has been quiet offensively since returning from the NHL, but looks to be heating up the last few games.
Touch to say anything bad about the winning goaltender who only gave up two goals, but Sateri still looks off. He gave up 2 goals on 16 shots, and you could feel it in the building that when Manitoba was pressing in the final minutes, the fans expected him to give up a goal. Rybar has by and large played better that Sateri in the early going, and seems much more in control of his game. Sateri always seems to be diving and flopping because he wasn't square to the shooter or in the right position to make the stop. He simply needs to play better if this team is going to climb out of the basement.
The normally solid Libor Sulak had a tough outing. He looked slow and lumbering several times, and just made some tough choices with the puck, leading to scoring chances. Hopefully he will rebound quickly as he has shown a lot of promise so far this season.
Matt Puempel only has 1 goal in his last 8 games and is in a major league slump.