Griffins jump on top fast, beat Rampage 5-1

Cal Heeter turned in a 32 save performance to propel the Griffins to a 5-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage. This marks the first victory over the Rampage in nearly two years.

10 different Griffins recorded at least a point with Matthew Ford and Eric Tangradi each having a goal and an assist. Last nights victory extended their winning streak to three and extended the Rampage’s losing skid to six straight.

Martin Frk scored the opening goal for Grand Rapids 6:30 into the contest, whistling a slap shot from near the left face-off circle during a delayed penalty. Mitch Callahan scored nearly four minutes later to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead.

The top power play in the AHL went to work when the Griffins found themselves on a 5-on-3 advantage. Matt Ford scored to push the Griffins lead to 3-0. Evgeny Svechnikov was credited with the assist pushing his scoring streak to 12-games, tying a Griffins rookie record.

Troy Burke scored the lone goal for San Antonio. The Rampage had a good opportunity to cut their deficit to one with Evgeny Svechnikov being whistled for a high sticking double minor but the penalty kill was able to withstand the Rampage attack.

The goal by San Antonio did not phase the Griffins. Just as Svechnikov left the box, rookie Dominic Turgeon blocked a shot in the high slot as passed the puck to forward Tyler Bertuzzi during a 2-on-1. Bertuzzi centered a nifty pass to Turgeon who redirected the puck past a sliding Rampage goalie into the net to push the Griffins lead back to three goals.

Eric Tangradi capped off the scoring with 2:29 left in the third, finding an opening in the far corner of the net. That marks three goals in two games for the big forward.

The Griffins outshot the Rampage 37-33 and finished 1-0f-5 on the man advantage. San Antonio came up empty on four power play attempts.

Svechnikov’s 12-game point streak ties a Jiri Hudler’s streak from 2003-2004.

The rematch is set for tonight with the puck scheduled to drop just after 7 p.m.


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