In their lone preseason game, the Griffins dropped a 5-1 decision to the Chicago Wolves Friday night.
Shawn Szydlowski scored the lone goal for Grand Rapids to tie it at 1 early in the second period, but Chicago went off and scored 4 unanswered goals.
The Griffins will host the Chicago Wolves for the regular season opener on Friday, October 14 with a 7 p.m. puck drop.
Both teams failed in early first period power play opportunities. Chicago scored first at the 11:35 mark as Wade Megan beat Eddie Pasquale. The Wolves took a 1-0 lead into the second period.
The Griffins tied up the score 3:51 into the second period after the puck bounced out from behind Chicago goalie Pheonix Copley onto the stick of a wide open Szydlowski in the slot. A.J. Jenks was credited with the assist.
Copley had 19 saves as the Griffins were outshot 31-20.
Chicago would take a 2-1 lead just 3:36 later. With only 17 seconds remaining on the power play, Gus Young potted the Wolves’ game-winner.
Both goalies for Grand Rapids saw action tonight as Cal Heeter came on to replace Pasquale with 9:43 left in the middle period. Pasquale stopped 15-of-17 shots, while Heeter blocked 11-of-14.
Former Griffin Jared Nightingale scored for Chicago with 6:15 to go in the second. The Wolves tacked on two more goals in the final 20 minutes.
Chicago capitalized on two of its three power play chances while Grand Rapids finished 0-for-5, despite periods of sustained pressure on the Wolves defense.
Single game tickets are now on sale for the regular season. Fans can purchase them by calling 616-774-4585 extension 2 or by logging onto grffinshockey.com