10/22/2007 1:37 PM
Last Week’s Results
Think Pink: The Griffins have teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids to host “Pink at the Rink” during this Sunday’s game against the Peoria Rivermen. In support of breast cancer awareness month, all Griffins players will lace up their skates with pink laces and display pink ribbons on their helmets. During pre-game warmups, several players will sport pink tape on their sticks, which will subsequently be autographed and put up for bid during a silent auction on the concourse. Fans can show their support for the cause in several ways, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids:
Take a Shot at the Champ: The Griffins will board the bus for a pair of road games this week, beginning with Wednesday’s contest in Hamilton against the defending Calder Cup champions. Grand Rapids, which last season earned records of 3-6-0-1 overall and 1-4 on the road against the Bulldogs, has played 28 games against defending champions during its seven seasons in the AHL, posting an aggregate record of 13-12-2-1-0 (vs. 2002-03 Chicago, 2003-04 Houston, 2004-05 Milwaukee and 2005-06 Philadelphia).
Bygones: Peoria will look to exact a measure of revenge on Grand Rapids during this weekend’s home-and-home series. Last spring, the Griffins and Rivermen’s battle for the AHL’s final playoff spot went down to the last day of the regular season (April 15), with Grand Rapids prevailing by a single point in the crossover duel.
The Tradition Continues: The Griffins’ remarkable 12th consecutive home-opening sellout crowd of 10,834 witnessed their 5-1 loss to Rockford on Saturday. Dating to last season, 10 of their last 18 regular season home games have been played before crowds of 10,000-plus, including eight sellouts.
Comforts of Home?: The Griffins have started 0-2 at home for just the third time in 12 seasons (2002-03 and 1996-97). Five years ago, they endured three losses and a tie before finally earning a victory in their fifth game at Van Andel Arena.
Road Sweet Road: Grand Rapids has started 3-0 on the road for the sixth time, all within the last eight seasons (2005-06, 2004-05, 2002-03, 2001-02 and 2000-01). The only better road start was a 7-0 run in 2004-05.
For Openers: Saturday’s four-goal margin marked the Griffins’ worst home-opening defeat in franchise history. With a loss in their home opener each of the last two seasons, the Griffins have dropped to 7-5 all time in Van Andel Arena debuts.
Constant Threats: Mark Cullen (2-4—6), Carl Corazzini (2-3—5) and Brett Engelhardt (2-2—4) have all produced points in four of the Griffins’ five games thus far.
So Long: Following Sunday’s game against Quad City, the Red Wings recalled left wing Igor Grigorenko, who is scoreless with two penalty minutes in five games with Grand Rapids during his first season in North America.
Ellis Nets First NHL Goal: In Detroit’s 4-2 win Thursday at San Jose, former Griffins captain Matt Ellis scored his first NHL goal, netting the game-winner at 7:34 of the third period against Evgeni Nabokov. After notching his first NHL point with an assist in Anaheim last Monday and adding another helper in Phoenix on Saturday, Ellis owns a three-game point streak.
Engelhardt Nets AHL Nomination: The Griffins on Monday nominated right wing Brett Engelhardt for the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week award, after he tallied a goal and an assist in two games last week. He was named the game’s third star on Saturday, scoring the Griffins’ lone goal on the power play, then chipped in an assist on Sunday to extend his point streak to four games (2-2—4), the longest on the team this season. Engelhardt is tied for first on the team with two goals and third with four points.
Mending Wing: Defenseman Kyle Quincey remains on Detroit’s injured reserve list but is rehabbing in Grand Rapids.
Wed., Oct. 24 at Hamilton Bulldogs (3-2-0-1) – Copps Coliseum – 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27 at Peoria Rivermen (4-2-0-0) – Carver Arena – 8 p.m.
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