GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 2 at Manitoba Moose 3 (SO)
Oct. 24, 2021
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped their third consecutive road game on Sunday when they were upended 2-3 in a shootout against the Manitoba Moose at Canada Life Centre. This shootout loss halted the Griffins’ 34-game streak of road contests ending in regulation that dated back to Dec. 21, 2019 when Iowa defeated Grand Rapids 3-4 in overtime.
The first period started out fairly slow as Grand Rapids found itself down seven to one in shots through 9:47 of play. With 11:58 remaining, Manitoba got a power play chance and looked to capitalize on the opportunity. Declan Chisholm was on the right side of the ice when he made a pass to Cole Perfetti at the blueline. Perfetti skated to the left circle and sent a wrister over the right shoulder of Victor Brattstrom that kissed off the crossbar into the net at 9:01. The tally marked just the second power-play goal the Griffins have allowed this season in 11 tries.
Down one heading into the second period, Grand Rapids took control on offense as the team matched its first-period shot total with six attempts in the opening 3:34 of play but failed to convert.
As Manitoba’s third power play ended, the team had numbers entering the Griffins’ zone. Mikey Eyssimont skated to the left circle and angled a shot toward goal that sailed over the stick of Brattstrom to give the Moose a 2-0 lead with 6:18 remaining in the middle frame.
It was only a matter of 1:08 after the score for the Griffins to find the net. A tussle for possession behind the Moose net was won by Dominik Shine who sent a backhander to Dennis Yan near the right post. Yan sent a one-timer on a sharp angle under the right armpit of Arvid Holm at 14:50, cutting Manitoba’s advantage to one. Shine’s helper was his 50th point of his Griffins career.
Coming out after the second intermission Grand Rapids converted on a power play opportunity at the 3:01 mark. The reigning AHL Defenseman of the Year Ryan Murphy netted a 50-foot laser from the blueline after a give-and-go with Riley Barber to tie the game. Murphy’s first goal of the season pushed his team-high point total to five (1-4—5), which is tied for second among AHL defensemen.
In overtime, Grand Rapids was unable to generate much offense as Manitoba outshot them, 6-1. The lone Griffins’ chance came on a Turner Elson breakaway that was snuffed out by Holm. Elson regained control of the puck and found Brian Lashoff in the high slot, but his shot was gathered in the midsection of Holm.
After surviving a parade of Manitoba opportunities in overtime, Grand Rapids started the first round of the shootout but Barber was denied. Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose were also met by the brick wall that was Holm. Manitoba’s David Gustafsson skated down the slot and snuck the puck past the stick of Brattstrom in the final round to give the Moose the 3-2 victory.
Josh Dickinson made his first appearance in a Griffins’ uniform.
Grand Rapids went 1-for-1 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Dan Renouf skated in his 150th Grand Rapids game.
Brattstrom collected a season-high 28 saves while his fellow countryman and counterpart Holm stopped 21 saves in his North American debut.
Grand Rapids 0 1 1 0 - 2
Manitoba 1 1 0 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Manitoba, Perfetti 1 (Chisholm, Poganski), 9:01 (PP). Penalties-Newpower Gr (cross-checking), 8:02; Witkowski Gr (interference), 11:28.
2nd Period-2, Manitoba, Eyssimont 4 (Gawanke, Holm), 13:42. 3, Grand Rapids, Yan 2 (Shine, Renouf), 14:50. Penalties-Tyutyayev Gr (holding), 11:30.
3rd Period-4, Grand Rapids, Murphy 1 (Barber, Hirose), 3:01 (PP). Penalties-Maier Mb (holding), 1:23; Elson Gr (delay of game), 4:54; Shine Gr (fighting), 10:19; Caron Mb (fighting), 10:19; served by Barber Gr (bench minor - delay of game (faceoff violation)), 13:39.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Grand Rapids 0 (Barber NG, Veleno NG, Hirose NG), Manitoba 1 (Perfetti NG, Eyssimont NG, Gustafsson G).
Shots on Goal-Grand Rapids 6-9-7-1-0-23. Manitoba 8-10-6-6-1-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Grand Rapids 1 / 1; Manitoba 1 / 5.
Goalies-Grand Rapids, Brattstrom 0-1-1 (30 shots-28 saves). Manitoba, Holm 1-0-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
MB Holm (SOW, 21 saves); 2. MB Eyssimont (goal); 3. GR Barber (assist)
Record / Next Game
Grand Rapids: 1-2-0-1 (3 pts.) / Wed., Oct. 27 vs. Chicago at 7 p.m.
Manitoba: 3-2-0-0 (6 pts.) / Sat., Oct. 30 vs. Iowa at 2 p.m. CDT
Photo by Jonathan Kozub/Moose