Search Grand Rapids Griffins

News Releases

LEINO, LARSSON SMOTHER FLAMES


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A third-period comeback and a flawless performance in the shootout gave the Grand Rapids Griffins a 2-1 victory over the Quad City Flames on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

Ville Leino tied the game early in the third period and kicked off the Griffins’ perfect 3-for-3 effort in the shootout, while Daniel Larsson turned aside 34 shots during play before denying all three Flames attempts in the extra session.

Grand Rapids (27-9-6-3), which improved to 16-3-3-3 at home this season and 14-2-3-0 in its last 19 games overall, will host a rematch with Quad City at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Flames struck first with a rare opponent power play goal – the first at Van Andel Arena since Dec. 26 – midway through the opening period. With the Griffins unable to clear a loose puck out of their slot, Kyle Greentree took advantage and fired a shot that trickled through Larsson’s pads at 10:19.

The score remained 1-0 until the 1:55 mark of the third period, when Grand Rapids answered with a power play goal of its own. Darren Haydar’s cannon from the top of the left circle was stopped by Matt Keetley, but Leino was waiting outside the crease to pop home the rebound.

The contest progressed to overtime and eventually to a shootout, marking the first time since Dec. 21-26, 2007 that three straight Griffins games (in the same season) were tied at the end of regulation. In the shootout, Larsson doused Adam Cracknell, Carsen Germyn and Greentree in succession, while the Griffins made quick work of the Flames on the other end on goals by Leino, Mattias Ritola and Evan McGrath.

Keetley stopped 25-of-26 for the Flames (16-19-5-4), who are 1-3-1-1 thus far on their nine-game road swing.

Three Stars: 1. GR Larsson (W, 34 saves); 2. QC Keetley (SOL, 25 saves); 3. GR Leino (power play goal, shootout goal)
 

Griffins Game Rewind
GriffVision Video Highlights
WOOD Radio Highlights: 1 2
Post-Game Sound Bites: 1 2 3
Photo Gallery
Official Game Report

Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004

Browse by Month »

October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004