It was not until the third period when the Griffins were able to get onto the scoreboard. Tyler Bertuzzi and Ben Street scored goals in the third period to tie the game at two before Martin Frk scored a power play goal in overtime to give the Griffins a 3-2 win over the Iowa Wild.
With the victory over Iowa, the Griffins improve to 25-10-1-2 which is good enough for the best record in the Western Conference.
The Griffins had some chances in the first period but could not capitalize. Wild goal Alex Stalock robbed Mitch Callahan when he reached out into the open net and gloved a wrist shot that looked to be heading in.
The first goal, scored by the Wild, did not happen until the third period. Iowa broke the scoreless tie on a goal from Gustav Olofsson. Sam Anas scored on a power play to give the Wild a two goal lead. Griffins defenseman Matt Caito was in the penalty box for a hooking penalty. Gustav Olofsson assisted on the second goal and finished the night with two points.
Tyler Bertuzzi cut the lead in half under 30 seconds later. Martin Frk sent a centering pass off of the left post and Bertuzzi was there to deflect the puck into the net.
Ben Street tied things up with five and a half minutes remaining in the final frame. The game eventually went into overtime after the Griffins were able to fight back and earn at least a point.
Grand Rapids opened the extra session by sending out Robbie Russo, Mitch Callahan, and Ben Street. The Wild were called for a holding the stick penalty just 30 seconds into overtime, putting the Griffins on a power play. With less than a minute remaining on the man advantage, Robbie Russo found Martin Frk near the left faceoff circle for a shot that made it’s way past the Iowa netminder for the game-winner.
Grand Rapids scored again on the power play and finished 1 for 5 on the night. Cal Heeter won his sixth game of the season while stopping 23 of 25 shots.
The Griffins will now return home for five straight games beginning Friday when they host the Chicago Wolves.
Three Stars: 1. GR Frk (overtime winning goal, assist) 2. IA Olofsson (goal, assist) 3. IA Stalock (37 saves)