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Iowa Wild 3 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4

Jan. 24, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
Teemu Pulkkinen ripped his team-high 21st goal past John Curry with 4:20 remaining on Saturday to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Wild at a sold-out Van Andel Arena.

Collecting the puck along the boards at the right circle, Pulkkinen threw a simple-looking shot on net that somehow eluded the veteran Iowa netminder to send the Griffins into the AHL all-star break on a two-game winning streak.

Pulkkinen will serve as the Griffins’ lone representative at the AHL’s midseason classic in Utica, which consists of Sunday’s skills competition at 8 p.m. and Monday’s all-star game at 7 p.m. The all-star game will be televised live on Fox Sports Detroit, which will subsequently air a delayed broadcast of the skills competition at 10 p.m.

Mitch Callahan played a huge part in Grand Rapids’ comeback win as well, scoring twice to help turn an early 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead, then adding an assist on Pulkkinen’s game-winner.

The Wild built their two-goal cushion before the game was seven minutes old. From behind the net, Marc Hagel sent a feed out front to an unmarked Kurtis Gabriel, who popped a shot past Jared Coreau’s glove just 2:29 into the contest. Iowa added to its lead during a power play at 6:37, as Tyler Groavac skated unchallenged from the left circle to the top of the crease before slipping the puck through Coreau’s five hole.

Callahan cut the Griffins’ deficit in half with 7:21 remaining in the period. Darting down the right side to catch up with a loose puck in the circle, he quickly fired a shot that glanced off Curry’s left shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just over two minutes into the second period, Anthony Mantha appeared to have scored a goal while sliding into the Iowa net, but upon review referee Kendrick Nicholson ruled that the puck had been pushed in by Mantha’s hand.

Undaunted, the Griffins (21-16-3-1) quickly scored twice to take a 3-2 advantage. Landon Ferraro tied the score at 3:37 after taking a stretch pass from Marek Tvrdon at the Iowa blue line, dashing to the right hashes and launching a wrister into the top right corner. Callahan tallied his second of the night 1:18 later during a power play, backhanding home a rebound of a Pulkkinen rocket following Andy Miele’s faceoff win in the right circle.

The Wild (15-26-1-1) managed to knot the score at 3-3 in the final minute before intermission, as Zack Mitchell finished off a scrum by lifting a rebound past Coreau from the left side at 19:28, but ultimately couldn’t avoid dropping their third game in a row.

Coreau made 14 saves in the win while Curry countered with 26 stops in the losing effort.

Following the all-star break, the Griffins and Wild will reunite in Des Moines on Thursday for an 8 p.m. EST rematch at Wells Fargo Arena.

Notes: The victory was the 109th for Jeff Blashill (109-61-9-10) in his three seasons behind Grand Rapids’ bench, tying Greg Ireland (109-65-8-10) for third place on the Griffins’ head coaching list… The Griffins are 11-3-1-1 in their last 16 home games...The capacity crowd of 10,834 was the fourth for Grand Rapids this season.

Three Stars: 1. GR Callahan (two goals, assist); 2. GR Pulkkinen (game-winning goal, assist); 3. IA Graovac (power play goal, assist)
 

Griffins Game Rewind
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WOOD Radio Highlights: Ferraro Goal Callahan Second Goal Pulkkinen Goal
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Official Game Report

 

Iowa Wild 3 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4

Jan. 24, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
Teemu Pulkkinen ripped his team-high 21st goal past John Curry with 4:20 remaining on Saturday to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Wild at a sold-out Van Andel Arena.

Collecting the puck along the boards at the right circle, Pulkkinen threw a simple-looking shot on net that somehow eluded the veteran Iowa netminder to send the Griffins into the AHL all-star break on a two-game winning streak.

Pulkkinen will serve as the Griffins’ lone representative at the AHL’s midseason classic in Utica, which consists of Sunday’s skills competition at 8 p.m. and Monday’s all-star game at 7 p.m. The all-star game will be televised live on Fox Sports Detroit, which will subsequently air a delayed broadcast of the skills competition at 10 p.m.

Mitch Callahan played a huge part in Grand Rapids’ comeback win as well, scoring twice to help turn an early 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead, then adding an assist on Pulkkinen’s game-winner.

The Wild built their two-goal cushion before the game was seven minutes old. From behind the net, Marc Hagel sent a feed out front to an unmarked Kurtis Gabriel, who popped a shot past Jared Coreau’s glove just 2:29 into the contest. Iowa added to its lead during a power play at 6:37, as Tyler Groavac skated unchallenged from the left circle to the top of the crease before slipping the puck through Coreau’s five hole.

Callahan cut the Griffins’ deficit in half with 7:21 remaining in the period. Darting down the right side to catch up with a loose puck in the circle, he quickly fired a shot that glanced off Curry’s left shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just over two minutes into the second period, Anthony Mantha appeared to have scored a goal while sliding into the Iowa net, but upon review referee Kendrick Nicholson ruled that the puck had been pushed in by Mantha’s hand.

Undaunted, the Griffins (21-16-3-1) quickly scored twice to take a 3-2 advantage. Landon Ferraro tied the score at 3:37 after taking a stretch pass from Marek Tvrdon at the Iowa blue line, dashing to the right hashes and launching a wrister into the top right corner. Callahan tallied his second of the night 1:18 later during a power play, backhanding home a rebound of a Pulkkinen rocket following Andy Miele’s faceoff win in the right circle.

The Wild (15-26-1-1) managed to knot the score at 3-3 in the final minute before intermission, as Zack Mitchell finished off a scrum by lifting a rebound past Coreau from the left side at 19:28, but ultimately couldn’t avoid dropping their third game in a row.

Coreau made 14 saves in the win while Curry countered with 26 stops in the losing effort.

Following the all-star break, the Griffins and Wild will reunite in Des Moines on Thursday for an 8 p.m. EST rematch at Wells Fargo Arena.

Notes: The victory was the 109th for Jeff Blashill (109-61-9-10) in his three seasons behind Grand Rapids’ bench, tying Greg Ireland (109-65-8-10) for third place on the Griffins’ head coaching list… The Griffins are 11-3-1-1 in their last 16 home games...The capacity crowd of 10,834 was the fourth for Grand Rapids this season.

Three Stars: 1. GR Callahan (two goals, assist); 2. GR Pulkkinen (game-winning goal, assist); 3. IA Graovac (power play goal, assist)
 

Griffins Game Rewind
GriffVision Video Highlights & Interviews
WOOD Radio Highlights: Ferraro Goal Callahan Second Goal Pulkkinen Goal
Flickr Photo Gallery
Official Game Report