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Dec 27, 2023
Written By: Dylan Rider
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GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4 at Rockford IceHogs 2

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Carter Mazur's third period power-play goal helped lift the Grand Rapids Griffins over the Rockford IceHogs in a 4-2 victory at the BMO Center on Wednesday. 

Joel L'Esperance's goal marked his 200th professional point while Mazur's tally was his third in his past four games. In the contest, 10 different Griffins registered a point. 

December 27, 2023  ·  4 Minutes

IceHogs Highlights: IceHogs vs Griffins 12/27/23

In the early minutes of the first period, a shot from Josiah Didier deflected off a Rockford player’s stick and squeezed through the pads of Drew Commesso for a Griffins lead at 14:05. Didier’s tally ended Commesso’s shutout streak over the Griffins at 65:55. Just over three minutes later, Colton Dach snapped a shot past the shoulder of Sebastian Cossa while in the crease for a Rockford power-play goal with 11:07 remaining in the opening frame.

After 11 seconds were played in the second stanza, Grand Rapids found itself on the penalty kill. The IceHogs capitalized on their man-advantage, as Mike Hardman scored Rockford’s second power-play tally of the evening by cleaning up a loose rebound on the doorstep at 1:59. With 4:53 remaining in the middle period, L’Esperance wristed a laser from the left circle, which beat Commesso for a game-tying Griffins goal.

Late in the final frame, Mazur broke the deadlock after he jammed the puck under Commesso’s pad while on the doorstep for a power-play tally and a 3-2 Griffins lead at 13:03. With Commesso pulled at 17:35, Elmer Soderblom sunk the IceHogs with an empty-net goal with 1:07 remaining.

- Grand Rapids has won their eighth contest in their last 14 games in Rockford. The road win improved them to 3-9-2-1 when away from home this season. 
- With this being their second meeting of the year, the Griffins and IceHogs will battle 10 more times in the campaign. 

Box Score
Grand Rapids 1 1 2 - 4
Rockford 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period-1, Grand Rapids, Didier 2 (Soderblom, Wallinder), 5:55. 2, Rockford, Dach 7 (Gust, Teply), 8:53 (PP). Penalties-Newpower Gr (tripping), 8:16.

2nd Period-3, Rockford, Hardman 6 (Rolston, Katchouk), 1:59 (PP). 4, Grand Rapids, L’Esperance 7 (Aston-Reese), 15:07. Penalties-Newpower Gr (holding), 0:11; Del Mastro Rfd (tripping), 6:16.

3rd Period-5, Grand Rapids, Mazur 6 (Lombardi, Tuomisto), 13:03 (PP). 6, Grand Rapids, Soderblom 3 (Stevens, Kasper), 18:53 (EN). Penalties-Dach Rfd (high-sticking), 11:21.

Shots on Goal-Grand Rapids 7-10-9-26. Rockford 5-6-5-16.
Power Play Opportunities-Grand Rapids 1 / 2; Rockford 2 / 2.
Goalies-Grand Rapids, Cossa 5-6-3 (16 shots-14 saves). Rockford, Commesso 6-7-2 (25 shots-22 saves).

Three Stars
1. GR Soderblom (goal, assist); 2. GR Mazur (game-winner); 3. GR L'Esperance (goal)

Record / Next Game
Grand Rapids: 10-13-3-1 (24 pts.) / Fri., Dec. 29 at Chicago 8 p.m. EST
Rockford: 11-13-3-0 (25 pts.) / Sat., Dec. 30 at Milwaukee 6 p.m. CST

Photo by Rockford IceHogs