Griffins score three times in 33 seconds, defeat Bulldogs

The Canadian Press
11/8/2013 10:28:32 PM
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HAMILTON, Ont. -- The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in 33 seconds of the second period en route to defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.

Calle Jarnkrok had two goals, while Cory Emmerton, Andrej Nestrasil, Mitch Callahan and Teemu Pulkkinen also scored for the Griffins (9-2-2). Petr Mrazek made 30 saves in the win.

Sven Andrighetto scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs (5-4-3). Dustin Tokarski made seven saves in relief of starter Robert Mayer, who allowed five goals on 14 shots in 31 minutes of action.

Nestrasil began the decisive flurry at 10:52 of the second period, as he fooled Mayer with a long-range effort from the right to give the Griffins a 3-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Hamilton goaltender when Gustav Nyquist found Jarnkrok with a centering pass, and he scored his second goal of the game with a high wrist shot at 11:15.

Mayer's night came to an end when he conceded his fifth goal at 11:25.

He saved Nestrasil's initial shot, but spilled the rebound to Callahan, who shifted past him and slotted the puck over the line.

Tokarski replaced Mayer after the fifth goal but had little luck as he was beaten by the first shot he faced. A dazed Bulldogs team fell back in the face of another Griffin rush, and Pulkkinen fired a slap shot past Tokarski as he crossed the top of the right circle to make it 6-0 at 12:05.

Andrighetto ended Mrazek's shutout bid with 54 seconds to play in the third period, firing a slap shot from the blue line that beat the goaltender over the near shoulder.

The Bulldogs enjoyed a bright start to Friday's game, but that momentum was reversed when Emmerton struck to open the scoring for the Griffins at 8:05 of the first period.

Alexey Marchenko's initial pass from the point was deflected into the air, but Emmerton successfully gloved the puck and dropped it to his stick before turning and firing a slap shot from the high slot. The puck stayed along the ice and clipped Mayer's far post on its way into the net.

Penalty trouble deepened Hamilton's deficit just minutes later.

After Greg Pateryn was initially whistled for boarding at 9:15, Maxime Macenauer was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking 30 seconds later, giving the Griffins 1:30 to work with a two-man advantage.

Grand Rapids wasted no time in capitalizing on its opportunity, as Gustav Nyquist slid a pass across the blue line to Jarnkrok, who fired a heavy slap shot high and past Mayer's outstretched blocking glove at 11:03 of the first period.

Both clubs went 1 for 7 on the power play.

Hamilton Bulldogs (Photo: TSN)


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